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The President's penultimate SONA, which marked the opening of the 16th Congress,

started at exactly 4:00PM and ended after an hour and 31 minutes. It earned 58 rounds of
applause from an audience composed lawmakers, government officials, local and
international media, dignitaries and other important personalites.
PNoy started his speech by touching the controversial Disbursement Accelaration
Program (DAP) which was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. He
trumpeted the benefits of the mechanism which helped 220,000 students of Technical
Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) to the tune of P1.6 billion DAP

The address also enumerated the achievements of his administration over the past year,
which includes good economic performance, increased budget in infrastructure, success
of Public-Private Partnerships, calamity efforts, among others.

P-Noy also was combative against the critics of his administration, saying that they are
actually against his "Boss", the people. He also had strong words against rice hoarders
and corrupt officials at the Bureau of Customs.

At the end of his speech, the President praised some religious leaders, local government
heads, NGOs, soldiers and artists who made significant contributions. He also showed
other video testimonials of 3 policewomen who arrested members of Martilyo Gang.

He turned emotional when he reflected on the memory of his parents, slain Senator
Benigno Aquino Jr. and the late President Corazon Aquino. To conclude the address, he
urged the Filipino people to be the key in continuing the positive transformation that his
administration started.

In my opinion, this was the best SONA of President Aquino in his 4 years of being the
head of the country. It was simple and concise, and his appeal to the emotions was
genuine and felt by the listeners, even his critics. He was also wise not to mention the
Supreme Court and the three senators who are in jail for the pork barrel scam. It was a
relief that he did not blame this time the past administration of Gloria Arroyo for the
problems the country now is facing.

Again, I feel bad that he skipped on tackling the Freedom of Information bill. It was one
of his biggest promises in when he assumed office 2010, and with two years left in his
term, he should make it a priority.

PNoy is right in rallying his 'bosses'-the Filipino people to help him in continuing the
positive transformation his administration has started and will be doing in the next two