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Reaction Paper on Pres. Aquino’s
State of the Nation Address

Before I begin writing my reaction on Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III’s second SONA, I would first like to define what SONA is. SONA or State of the Nation Address is an annual event in the Republic of the Philippines, in which the President of the Philippines reports on the status of the nation, normally to the resumption of a joint session of the Congress (the House of Representatives and the Senate). This is a duty of the President as stated in Article VII, Section 23 of the 1987 Constitution: “ | The President shall address the Congress at the opening of its regular session. He may also appear before it at any other time. | ” |
According to the constitution, the SONA delivered every 4th Monday of July at the Batasang Pambansa Complex in Batasan Hills, Quezon City.

Pres. Aquino’s State of the Nation Address is the first SONA that I have ever read. It is hard for me to give a reaction for I could not evaluate or compare it with other SONA’s of the past presidents. I am torn with whether to give a positive reaction or negative reaction to President Aquino’s SONA. In the past years, I was aware that SONA is something to acknowledge for it states the progress, the current status of the country and the plans that are being imposed, although I am not well informed of those plans and progress. But President Aquino’s 2011 SONA was very modest and not very popular. I have never heard of it being mentioned continuously in the news, either on radio or on the television, unlike what I have heard of in the past years. It’s as if the people are not in the same line with the words of the president; as if they don’t agree with him and just kept silent as a sign of respect. I’m not sure if that is true or not though.

I have read the whole transcript of the SONA and was impressed. The whole of SONA showed the...

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