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[dropcap letter="N"]ation, today, our president will be making yet another speech, telling us how well this country is doing while people are starving right outside the doors of the hallowed halls of Congress.

Sometimes, it makes you wish that you could take a magnifying glass and scrutinize all these past State of the Nation Address speeches to see if it was all a bunch of lip service. Shortly afterwards, you realize that it’d probably be easier to look for the things they actually got right in their speeches. With that in mind, here are…

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[text_image img="https://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/SONA-8tb.jpg" type="subheading" width="100%"]8. “The other matter to which we beg leave to refer in candor has been the anxiety shown for the Constitution and civil liber­ties because of alleged dictatorial, impatient and vindictive tendencies on our part. This concern is without basis in fact.” - Diosdado Macapagal (1963)[/text_image]





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Because he didn’t need to look very far for someone to actually go ahead and abuse civil liberties, and we don’t just mean his successor when we say that.

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[text_image img="https://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/SONA-7t.jpg" type="subheading" width="100%"]7. “Substantial progress was made in spreading our foreign trade to other areas. Our total trade with Northwest Europe in the first 8  months of last year was 42.3 per cent above the corresponding period the year previous, and our total trade with Asia was up 13.5 per cent. For the first time since 1919, the United States in the first 8 months of 1956 accounted for less than 60 percent of our total trade.” – Ramon Magsaysay (1957)[/text_image]





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These were literally his last words from a SONA speech, as he died via fatal plane crash shortly afterwards. Clearly, he died a hero, and didn’t live long enough to be the villain.

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[text_image img="https://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/SONA-6t1.jpg" type="subheading" width="100%"]6. “I believe — with all my heart — that our people and our country can be sure, now more than ever, of the loyalty, dedication and efficiency of their armed forces and national police. Let us give our soldiers and policemen the support they deserve” – Fidel V. Ramos (1992)[/text_image]





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Gee, I wonder why the military and the constabulary would be so trustworthy to General Fidel V. Ramos? I just don’t get it!

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[text_image img="https://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/SONA-5t.jpg" type="subheading" width="100%"]5. “We saw what can be. A vision was born in EDSA. A vision of the future, of a people standing together, not just for four days on a highway, but on and on as a nation.” – Corazon Aquino (1988)[/text_image]





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A vision that was born in EDSA. A vision of the future, of a people standing together, not just for four days on a highway, but on and on and on and on every single time we want to whine about the government.

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[text_image img="https://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/SONA-4t.jpg" type="subheading" width="100%"]4. “In any event, I promise to work even harder if that is possible, and do even better because I believe that there is always room for improvement. I cannot grow taller but I can always get better.” – Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2002)[/text_image]





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Better? At what? Stealing from the nation’s coffers? Extrajudicial killings? Electoral sabotage? Maybe qualifying what you were going to get better at would have spared us a lot of trouble.

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[text_image img="https://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/SONA-3t.jpg" type="subheading" width="100%"]3. “Tama na ang pagpapasasa. Tama na ang nakawan. Tama na ang aksaya. Tama na ang mga palabas” – Joseph Estrada (1998)[/text_image]





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Tuloy pa rin ang pagpapasasa. Tuloy pa rin ang nakawan. Tuloy pa rin ang aksaya. At opo, tuloy na tuloy pa rin ang mga palabas.

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[text_image img="https://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/SONA-2t.jpg" type="subheading" width="100%"]2. “Nandiyan po ang kaso ng isang may-ari ng sanglaan. Bumili siya ng sasakyang tinatayang nasa dalawampu’t anim na milyong piso ang halaga.” – Noynoy Aquino (2010)[/text_image]





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When did the SONA get a blind item segment? Give us a clue, PNoy! Initials, maybe?

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8 months later, Martial Law happened. Whoop dee doo.

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NOTE: All speech transcripts were taken from http://www.gov.ph/past-sona-speeches/



Kel Fabie

Kel Fabie. is a DJ, host, mentalist, satirist, comedian, and a long-time contributor to 8List (Hello, ladies!). He has an Oscar, a Pulitzer, a Nobel, and two other weirdly-named pet dogs. He blogs on mistervader.com.

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