President Aquino’s Second State of the Nation Address (SONA) 25 July 2011

Philippine President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III is due to deliver his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) to a joint Senate and House session of Congress. What is he going to say? What is he going to claim? What achievements are he planning to present to the duly-elected “representatives” of the Filipino People?

Twelve months ago, Aquino delivered his first SONA to Congress. It was a laughable speech that…

[…] devoted 1,558 words out of the 4,055 words in his 35-minute [speech] to whining about the plunder of the National Budget (whatever that means exactly) and the salaries and bonuses of some Government employees.

So bad it was that the top headline of the following day, We can dream again, came across as a sad “report” that “pathetically pleads for [that first Aquino] SONA to be perceived by the public to be a forward-looking solutions-focused message.”

Will the President step up and come up with a speech befitting a true statesman this time around?

Last Sunday, June 12, President Aquino delivered a speech on the occasion of the day marking the 113th year of Philippine “Independence.” The speech was in the previous day trumpeted by Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte as one that “is expected to be a preview of [the President’s] upcoming State of the Nation Address (SONA).”

Unfortunately, for Aquino, Valte’s fearless forecast, it seems, was dead on target anticipating the renowned Presidential style of “communicating.” In his June 16, 2011 column Is he losing it?, Rigoberto Tiglao weighed in on Aquino’s “Independence” Day speech, describing it as “beneath the dignity of both the occasion and his office” and delivered “in the manner of a grade-school bully.” Tiglao was referring to Aquino remaining pretty much consistent with his juvenile style of demonising his predecessor, stringing up his “enemies” for lynching, and off-the-hip quips that he would like to believe makes him come across to the Filipino masses as a down-to-earth kind of guy.

And, just to reiterate, this would be the speech that, according to Valte, is supposed to be our “preview” of Noynoy’s 2011 SONA on the 25th of July.

This is disturbing to say the least considering how important a speech such as the SONA is. Back in July 2010, Ilda wrote an article anticipating Aquino’s first SONA where she highlighted how critical it would be to setting the theme of his presidency…

As economic expert Winnie Monsod had warned: “The President must be specific in his budget message during the SONA so that both houses of Congress can clearly understand what government plans to undertake annually for realizing such agenda.” For his part, blogger Benign0 also offers key performance measures for evaluating how successful the President is in meeting his corruption eradication promises. Obviously, people are waiting for P.Noy to speak clearly and realistically about how he is going to tackle the economy.

And as such.

P.Noy has to look at the big picture and not just Gloria Arroyo’s picture to delete vengeance from his agenda. So many times before P.Noy has been quoted criticizing former president Gloria Arroyo for overspending, something he claims resulted in a P340 billion budget deficit. It should be stressed here that the huge spending done by the former administration was not all for travels and huge dinners. As Senator Edgar Angara said, expensive dinners and too many travel entourages notwithstanding, if former president Arroyo did not pump-prime the economy, it would have contracted like other European nations did.

Even that time in 2010, Aquino sought to highlight in his SONA then the untenable national situation he “inherited” from former President Gloria Arroyo’s administration by focusing on revealing “shocking” figures showing her government’s budget-blowing expenditure that left his own government empty coffers. This strategy backfired when he seriously bungled the use of basic accounting terminology in his speech

In at least a thousand words, [Aquino] tried to tell us that his government is broke. But he did it in a way that would make anyone with even the most basic understanding of accounting principles cringe. Bottom line is that the concept of budget is not logically compatible with the concept of depletion. Whoever supplied the President with the fodder for yesterday’s SONA should step up and clarify.

I wonder what his communication “strategy” is going to be in this coming second SONA and, for that matter, in the next 12-month fiscal year of his government? Is his next SONA another one of his world-renowned gaffes in the making?

As the ABS – “Cojuangco Broadcasting Network” – CBN say: Abangan ang susunod na kabanata.


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Joe America
“. . . consistent with his juvenile style of demonising his predecessor, stringing up his “enemies” for lynching, and off-the-hip quips that he would like to believe makes him come across to the Filipino masses as a down-to-earth kind of guy.” But this is the Filipino archetype. You were expecting John Wayne? He is, in the traditional style, elevating himself by taking others down and pretending a hip coolness as if a regular resident at the tuba table out back under the mango tree. He lived in the US only a year or two after college. So he is fudamentally… Read more »
Hyden Toro

If you have no accomplishments to show up. You can use the : Blame Game strategy. Blame Gloria Arroyo; Blame Marcos; Blame everybody on sight…This will highten your stature; and take away the focus on you…
Don’t take him seriously; we know what the State of the Nation is: Noynoy Aquino does not need to show us: by his Delusion of Grandeurs and bouts of Paranoias Speeches…


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walang pasok?


sana lahat ng sinabi nya eh mapanindigan nya yun lang

I was able to listen to the later part of his speech a while ago and I can’t agree more na andami a ring “blame others” na style. nakakasawa na, di bale sana kung mdaming achievements to date. i admit that I am not following his administration, but still, I can not see and feel the change he is promising. I can’t see any concrete plans on how he will about with his promises. In a country like us that we can see lots of potential from our people to prosper like our neighboring countries, we need a doer-leader, a… Read more »

wala lang :)) salamat sa reaksyon :**


hay naku dami namani negative comment kay President Pinoy.dapat sa halip na magreklamo tumulong nalang un mga nagrereklamo un lang ang nagpapagulo. common sense naman Pnoy is not a superman. andun na nga un mga gagawin nya. but it doesnt mean na kaya nya lahat agad agad syem pre uti uti lang. un mga nagrereklamo kayo dapat maupo para maranasan nyo kung gaano kaghirap maging presidente.binoto boto tapaos ngaun magrereklamo kayo. Mga Pinoy talaga

gerald evan

sana mapatupad ung mga cnabi ni p-noy!

prince harold domondon
prince harold domondon

kabayo ako, bilib kayo?

noynoy aquino

ako ang pinakamagaling sa lahat ng naging pangulo


did PNoy say anything about any programs or project regarding any asian countries with relationship to japan please i need it so badly


@Rain, I did not hear anything from PNOY’s SONA which is related to diplomatic/economic relations and cooperation with other countries. It’s too bad he grossly missed this out (or really didn’t have anything to say in the first place). The housing projects he mentioned for soldiers and 2 other government agencies shows how his administration is marginalizing special sectors. How about the employees of the government agencies, the private sectors and most importantly the homeless and unemployed. If you implement a program, you must cover all sectors, not just a chosen few.


Ang masasabi ko diyan sa sona kailangan magtulungan tayong mga filipino. Ang advice ko kay pangulo tanggaling na ang mga senador at kongresista malaki ang mga sahod nila at may pork barrel pa milyon milyon at ipagawa ng mga manufacturing government sa bawat nasasakupang ng mga governor at bigyan yung mga walang trabaho at libre ang pagpaaral at ospital. Ang batas nandiyan naman ang mga local government at supreme court. Uunlad ang pilipinas. Salamat po.

jose pida

I agree with you VINCENT


I love the SONA though. As an ordinary people, we may not be feeling the change as of the moment but I’m glad that the governement is doing something to improve our country. I love the thought that we should stop being negative. We should remember that the government cannot do it alone. We also should do our share. Change should start within us. Let us all look forward for a better Philippines.

Juls Victoria

I am agree to vincent remove the senate and congress why not to fucus the manufacturing government project (example; sardines in one province and all commodities using everday by the community) instead to senate and congress. The local government is there always argument in the senate and congress. Thank you.

Critique on P-Noy’s 2011 State of the Nation Address 1. The presence of the members of the Diplomatic Corps is grossly devalued with a State of the Nation speech using the Filipino language than the usual currency. 2. In a scale of 1 to 10, it’s crystal clear that low to zero priority is given to any kind of infrastructure development. 3. Countless times, P-Noy stammers showing only his equal discomfort with the Filipino language. 4. Use of results of poll surveys is selective highlighting only that hunger was down from 20.5 to 15.1; credit rating upgraded 4 times; unemployment… Read more »
Lanie May Faith Ferrerq
Lanie May Faith Ferrerq

it was a direct to the point speech!!!hope Filipinos will have LOVE to their country!!!