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July 26, 2010: Philippine President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III- First State of the Nation Address (SONA 2010)
Noynoy's first SONA aaplauded 32 times.
Judging by the loud applause of the crowd, it seems that President Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III has made good on his promise to make the State of the Nation Address (SONA) "memorable."
The audience at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives at the Batasan Pambansa Complex in Quezon City, applauded the President's SONA 32 times.
The last SONA of his predecessor, former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, was applauded 126 times in 2009.
Although his SONA received less applause, Aquino's trust ratings are considerably higher than those of his predecessor.
Pulse Asia's survey says that PNoy's trust rating is at 85 percent. The Social Weather Station, on the other hand, pegs PNoy's trust rating at 88 percent.
Pulse Asia says this is the highest trust rating ever recorded by any individual included in their trust probes since 1999.
The Palace earlier announced that Aquino's SONA will have no frills and will be straightforward.
Aquino delivered his speech smoothly and deliberately, without any awkward pauses. He only paused to wait for the crowd's applause to die down.
His speech did not only dwell on the problems he inherited from the previous administration but it also offered solutions, as presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda announced earlier.
Most of the applause that Aquino received came when the President offered solutions to the country's problems.
The President was applauded when he promised that the country's money will be spent for Filipinos and extravagant spending will be stopped.
The crowd also lauded him when he said justice will be served for the media persons and activists who have become victims of extrajudicial killings.
The audience also burst into applause when Aquino said the previous administration's midnight appointments are already being investigated.
"We cannot remove them from their positions quickly because they are among the midnight appointees of former president Arroyo. We are investigating all of these things. But if they have any shame left, they should voluntarily relinquish their positions," Aquino said in Filipino. -- CARMELA G. LAPEŅA/VVP, GMANews.TV
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