8 highlights of the 2013 SONA

President Aquino's 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA) could go down as the longest ever. To make digesting the almost 1 hour and 45 minute speech, we've compiled some clips of the more important parts of the speech:


1. "SONA niyo ito."
The President focused on inclusive growth by laying out projects meant to spread the economic progress of the country across all economic levels. The President gave tribute to the common people who still have faith in the power of doing good.




2. A tribute to Jesse, Cabinet members

In what is probably the most poignant part of the speech, the President also paid tribute to his former Interior secretary Jesse Robredo. Robredo died in a plane crash in August of last year. His widow Leni was in the audience having been elected to a seat in the House of Representatives. The President also paid tribute to Foreign Affairs Sec. Albert Del Rosario and his Presidential Security Guard (PSG) chief Brig. Gen. Ramon Matteo Dizon.

 

3. Tribute to police, soldiers.
The President put three policemen on the spotlight for bravery in the line of duty.


4. "Pilipinas, kayo ang aking lakas."
While he is in the middle of his term, the President said the country's prosperity is still long and hard. Where does he draw his strength?

 

5. On wang wang again. "Tapos na ang pakikiusap."
The President also blasted corrupt civil servants and called on honest employees to speak out against corruption and promised to raise them up. There would be no more excuses for civil servants who refuse to turn around from the culture of "wang wang." To corrupt public officials who refused to change, the President promised to seek them out.

6. Laws and bills.
The President asked Congress to look into amending some important bills. Expect people to start researching what the "Cabotage" bill is all about.

7. TESDA's Syjuco.
The President didn't mince any words against former Tesda chief Bobby Syjuco, himself a former member of Congress. The President said Syjuco was involved in "tong-pats" or the over-pricing of equipment.

8. Road projects in the pipeline.
Some of the projects the President mentioned, like the NLEX-SLEX connector roads and the Clark-Calamba road are on top of the list of infrastructure projects.

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