President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address (SONA) to be delivered Monday (July 25) is a “very powerful” speech that will “awaken the patriot” in Filipinos and in fact made him cry the first time he read its draft, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said Sunday. It is so powerful, added Andanar, that he “cried” the first time he read it.
As of Saturday night, when the RTVM and other aides joined the President in reviewing the draft, it had undergone more than 10 revisions, Andanar said at a briefing Sunday morning.
“The address of the President, personally written by the President, will be a very powerful speech that will awaken the patriot in every Filipino. When I read the speech – and I don’t want to exaggerate – but the first time I read the speech, it made me cry. Ganun po kaganda . . . makabagbag damdamin ang speech ng Pangulo natin [The President’s speech is that beautiful. . . so eloquent and touching].”
The speech would probably last at least 38 minutes, as based on the online application that they used to calculate actual delivery, said Andanar. “Including applause and some ad libs of the President, it could take longer.”
There are expectations the first SONA of Duterte – who made history as the first President to come from Mindanao – will be as simple and powerful as his inaugural speech, which generally drew praise and was said to have captured the personality of Mr. Duterte.