Famous themes of State of the Nation Addresses (SONA) of Presidents Joseph E. Estrada & Gloria Macapagal Arroyo – 6th Installment
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In his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) President Joseph E. Estrada said,"One lost job is one hungry family, and one cold statistic I cannot accept." He promised to lead the Philippines out of a financial crisis that hit Asia in 1997. He ordered government spending reduced by 25 percent, military modernization put on hold, and hinted at abolishing pork barrel funds. " However, putting military modernization on hold did not mean Estrada did not have military strength.
In his 1999 SONA, President Estrada warned the insurgents saying, "Hindi binebeyaan ang rebelyon. Pinipisa. Kaya, huwag n’yo kaming hamunin!" Translated as “A rebellion is not taken for granted. It is to be repulsed and pounded. That’s why never challenge us!”
In her 2001 first State of the Nation Address President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said, “Napakalinaw, napakasimple ang hiling ng mga anak ng Payatas: trabaho. Edukasyon. Sariling tahanan . Idagdag na rin: pagkain sa bawat mesa. Ito ang mithiin ng masa. And this, in common sense and plain talk, is the core of my vision. “