- President Rodrigo Duterte’s first SONA has received mixed reviews from the senators
- Lacson said that Duterte’s speech should have been more clear and serious while Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said that the President failed to clearly explain how he will improve the education system
- However, Gatchalian praised Duterte for his heartfelt message while Senator Bam Aquino described the speech as sincere and refreshing
The first State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte has received mixed reviews from the Filipino people, even the senators.
Duterte’s jokes might have been funny to many listeners, but Lacson said that the SONA should have been more serious and should have clarified the President’s roadmap for his six-year term. He also criticized the speech for lacking details and adding ones that were unnecessary.
“Having said that, I would have wanted to hear a clearer and more serious six-year roadmap and see several parallel roads converging at the end of his term showing clear accomplishment, or at the very least, near-accomplishment of the established goal of his administration,” Lacson stated.
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For Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, he expressed his appreciation for Duterte’s SONA because of its heartfelt message and delivery, especially during the ad-libbed parts of the speech. The senator added that the SONA showed a president who is a true leader and someone who really cares about the future of the people.
However, he criticized the speech for not focusing on the education system in the Philippines.
“Education is the most vital public service in the fight against poverty, and the absence of any concrete proposals to improve our struggling education system was disappointing,” Gatchalian said.
Meanwhile, Senator Bam Aquino thought that Duterte’s speech was sincere and refreshing.
“I think his speech will be remembered more for those moments that are very personal sa kanya (to him). Nakikita mo sa mukha niya yung sincerity (You can see the sincerity in his face). I think overall people were very refreshed sa kaniyang talumpati (with his speech),” Aquino explained.
Aquino added that many of the advocacies mentioned by Duterte are also his advocacies such as improving the internet service, the education system, and the lives of employees and business owners.
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