SONA 2017

POST-SONA

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BUSINESS leaders on Tuesday cheered President Rodrigo Duterte’s state of the nation address (SONA) delivered the day before, describing the points he raised and policies he reiterated as “honest,” “direct to the point” and “refreshing.” “No pretensions and direct to the point. Frank appeal to end temporary restraining orders and…

FRANCISCO S. TATAD

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WHILE protesters against the drug killings and the five-months’ extension of martial law in Mindanao milled a street away from the Batasan complex on Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte tried to win as much applause from the joint session of Congress at his second State of the Nation Address, which rambled…

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BUSINESSMEN rallied behind the socio-economic policies and programs President Rodrigo Duterte detailed in his State of the Nation Address (SONA), which they described as “direct to the point and refreshing.” “No pretensions and direct to the point. Frank appeal to end temporary restraining orders and change altogether our government procurement…

Generally well received, with a few awkward angles

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Award-winning movie director Brilliante Mendoza’s camera angles for President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday were generally well received, save for a few awkward shots and habits seemingly hard to break. Praises were generally given to Mendoza’s use of black and white visual aids…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte called on the United States to return the bells taken by its soldiers from a church in Balangiga, Eastern Samar in 1901 during the Philippine-American War. “Give us back those Balangiga bells. They are ours. They belong to the Philippines. They are part of our national heritage.…

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