Sona 2013 Essay

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Our President Benigno Simeon “PNoy” Aquino III had his State of the Nation Address in Batasang Pambansa Complex, Quezon City on July 22, 2013 with the theme, “Sa Gitna ng Daang Matuwid” The SONA started at exactly 4:03 PM and ended at exactly 5:46pm. It was the longest SONA he had given so far. The President mentioned the fresh mandate from the people via domination of his senatorial candidates in May 2013 elections, the Bangsamoro peace framework, success of his Pantawid ng Pamilyang Pilipino Program, more TESDA scholars, housing program for informal settlers and the 7.8% GDP last year. He also hailed the passage of RH Law, Sin Tax Law, AFP Modernization Act and the K-12 Law. PNoy specifically mentioned three police enforcers for their great acts, and also department secretaries Albert Del Rosario, Armin Luistro, Rogelio Singson and the late Jesse Robredo. On the other hand, he minced no words in castigating corrupt individuals, specifically former TESDA Administrator Boboy Syjuco, and the agencies of Bureau of Customs, Bureau of Immigration and National Irrigation Administration. The almost 2-hour speech also included video testimonials of the exemplary public servants. In my own humble opinion, our president was successful in relaying the inclusive growth of his administration and regaining the trust of the Filipino people in the presidency. I know that he cannot fix all the problems in our country that fast but I hope that he could do something to it in the future mostly in the corrupt officials that is in the

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