#ProyektoPilipino ep. 24: So ano na? Usapang SONA 

“Napakaimportante ng SONA sa pangulo dahil kailangan niyang i-justify sa taumbayan ang pagkapangulo niya at kumbinsihin tayo sa kung anong gagawin niya sa susunod na taon.”

This Monday, we will be witnessing the first State Of The Nation Address (SONA) of the newly elected president. And like all the other presidents before him, the SONA will give us a glimpse of how the president plans to lead the country, which legislations will take priority, and how the upper and lower house of the Congress will work hand-in-hand with his executive power.

In this episode, Fr. Tito Caluag and his trio of distinguished thinkers—Manolo Quezon, Leloy Claudio, and Carlo Santiago—will talk about the importance of the SONA, how it is made and orchestrated, and what should we expect as we go into it. A word of reminder: while it’s entertaining to focus on the pomp and pageantry that usually goes with the event, it’s more important to understand that the SONA is a good accountability tool that we should hold the president against as he completes his term.

“Kung sisingilin mo ang pangulo, dito dapat ’yun. SONA is not just a speech; gumagawa ng reyalidad ang SONA dahil ’yan ang nagiging basehan ng mga bagay na bumabago sa ating bansa.

Manuel L. Quezon III.

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