Kaisa Para sa Pagbabago, The State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte

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Manila, Philippines. 7/24/2016   President Rodrigo Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address  (SONA), tomorrow, July 25, 2016  is much awaited as the Filipinos had seen the radical changes since he was inducted to the presidency.

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“No Blaming Game”

Expect that the president would be summarizing its accomplishments and the 10-point economic agenda that he promised during the campaign.

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Dress Code – Business Attire

Yes, there will be no red carpet and fashion show like arrival of guests and family members and spouses attending the first State of the Nation Address (SONA) of the president. Unlike the previous SONA’s, this is the first time that they have set a dress code. Not more than knee length.

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According to Paola Alvarez, incoming Finance Department spokesperson, by implementing the dress code, the presidents message should be the focus and not dividing the limelight.

Downgrade the grand entrances and upgrading the statement to the nation. That is all that matters to the people. After all, it is for the people to know how the new president has done and future plans for the nation.

“Kaisa Para sa Pagbabago”

SONA themed “Kaisa Para sa Pagbabago” will start at 1 pm.

 

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President Duterte’s Firsts

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President Duterte’s Firsts

  • First president to be proclaimed in absentia
  • First president from Mindanao
  • Oldest chief executive of the Philippines at 71 years old
  • First president to have a plunder complaint against him before assuming the presidency (filed may 5, 2016 by Trillanes)
  • First president from San Beda College where he finished law in 1972
  • First in 30 years to have a lawyer president (9th) since Ferdinand Marcos
  • The first to have jumped straight from being a city mayor to president
  • First wife is Elizabeth Zimmerman
  • First self-proclaimed socialist to become president. (Kabataang Makabayan (KM) founded by Jose Ma. Sison)
  • Presidential candidate with the fastest growing Facebook page. After posting, it has over 3 million likes
  • One of the first politicians who appointed deputy mayors to represent the Muslim and Lumad people in the city government.
  • Declined several awards: World Mayor for outstanding leaders, American Cancer Society Award and 2010 anti-smoking award in Singapore
  • He was the first local government official to visit Tacloban City after Typhoon Yolanda
  • Central 911 (the first and only 9-1-1 emergency telephone number in Asia which is also free of charge)
  • Duterte is also known for banning swimsuit competitions in beauty pageants in Davao City
  • First President to dress up casually at his first press conference (my opinion)