Netizens speak up: Summing up Duterte's 3rd SONA

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his 3rd State of the Nation Address today, July 23, 2018.

At the Batasang Pambansa, Duterte bared his legislative agenda to the entire Filipino people. Prior to his speech, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque told the media that the President will “speak from the heart.”

Netizens speaks up: Summing up Duterte's 3rd SONA
President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his 3rd State of the Nation Address | Screengrab: Facebook/Presidential Communications

While demonstrators continued their protests and burned their effigies, the netizens too listened to the words of the President. On social media, netizens made their presence felt as the #SONA2018 topped the trending list the entire day.


There were those who continued to express their support to the President following his words. A netizen stated she’d rather look at the “positive side” of what the President has done.

A netizens commended Duterte for mentioning the issue of “red tape” and corrupt government officials.

Some netizens also couldn’t help but share their continued admiration for the President.

Duterte firmly expressed his commitment in fighting illegal drugs saying it will be as “relentless and chilly” as ever.” A big Twitter account Professional Heckler reacted by posting a photo of the President with alleged drug lord Peter Lim.

The President’s statement, “Your concern is human rights, mine is human life” was also met with several reactions. A netizen posted a photo of the alleged bloodshed caused by war on drugs.

Following the reactions on human rights, a netizen pointed her observation.

A Twitter account mostly followed by lawyers or soon-to-be lawyers also talked about Duterte’s idea of human rights.

On the issue of China and West Philippine Sea, Duterte stated that they continue to assert our rights but “war is not an option.” Netizens also chimed in and some noted on the Marawi Siege.

As Duterte sought the help of the Senate to end endo or contractualization, netizens called for regularizations. A netizen was a bit skeptic to the promise of regularization.

Halfway through Duterte’s speech, there were already those who had given up. A netizen refused to listen anymore.

The President also “promise to give Filipinos a comfortable life.” Several netizens commented by calling out the corrupt officials.


The hashtag SONAlokoNa trended closely following SONA2018. Much of the reactions were focused on the ousting of Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez and oath taking of the new Speaker of the House of Representative, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

A netizen commented that Arroyo replacing Alvarez is a “bad omen.”

A big Twitter account, Superficial Gazette said how “sorry” he is about the ouster.

A netizen also had “harsh descriptions” to our new set of leaders.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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