No theatrics in PNoy’s SONA

Posted at 07/01/12 2:08 PM

MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III will not make use of theatrics during his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 23.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte told radio dzRB, “from what we’ve experienced in the past…he had no inclinations towards theatrics,” which was a constant feature of his predecessor’s SONAs.

Valte said the speech writers of Aquino are still on the first draft of the speech, and are still getting opinions from different groups on what it will contain.

On Saturday, Aquino marked his second year in office.

In a separate press statement, Valte said Aquino’s past two years have been highlighted by “genuine” and “meaningful change.”

“These two years have been marked by genuine, meaningful change: in the way government is run, in the way our country is viewed by the international community, and in the way we aspire and view our own futures,” said Valte.

She added the President is grateful for the trust the Filipinos have given him in the last two years.

She also admits that while much has been achieved, much still needs to be done.