SONA 2019: Netizens share reactions on Duterte's 4th State of the Nation Address


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MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his fourth State of the Nation Address today, July 22.

President Rodrigo Duterte is on 'lecture-mode' in his speech as a father to the nation.
President Rodrigo Duterte is on 'lecture-mode' in his speech as a father to the nation.

Outside Batasang Pambansa, where the President delivered his SONA, protests and gatherings by both supporters and opponents of the administration were made. Meanwhile, Filipino netizens who tuned in on the President also made their presence felt online.

On social media, #SONA2019 trended as Twitter's top topic as the President delivered his message. Even on Facebook, netizens shared their reactions on topics discussed by the President.

Here are a few of the top reactions from netizens online on several issues discussed:

Netizens continue to have mixed reactions on the Duterte advocating the imposition of death penalty to the crimes related to illegal drugs and plunder.


Netizens reacted on Duterte's move to bring back death penalty
Netizens reacted on Duterte's move to bring back death penalty for plunder, illegal drugs | Photo Courtesy: ABS-CBN

When the President talked about corruption in government agencies, many slammed his use of the word "killing." Others put shade on other officials already accused of corruption.



On Facebook, many Duterte followers continued to express their support for their "Tatay Digong."

Support for "Tatay Digong" on Facebook
Support for "Tatay Digong" on Facebook | Photo Courtesy: ABS-CBN

Duterte talks about a divided nation. Many netizens agreed with his statement that our enemies is our own selves.


On Facebook, netizens too agreed
On Facebook, netizens too agreed | Photo Courtesy: GMA News

Duterte talks about having a "due me" when it comes to West Philippine Sea issue. Netizens were not convinced.




On maritime dispute, others fear it may result to violence while others want the President to take a stand immediately.

Netizens react on West Philippine Sea dispute
Netizens react on West Philippine Sea dispute | Photo Courtesy: GMA News

Everyone seems to be hopeful after Duterte bared plans to make a new Salary Standardization Law to increase wages of teachers and nurses.

Netizens laud Duterte's plan to increase wages
Netizens laud Duterte's plan to increase wages | Photo Courtesy: ABS-CBN


Many netizens shared their overall reactions of the SONA. Some reactions were witty, harsh, honest, candid while others were urgent calls to action.




— Sally, The Summit Express


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