SENATOR Risa Hontiveros showed up at President Rodrigo Duterte's Sona Monday (July 22), wearing a barong-inspired dress. At the ceremonial "class photo" for the 22 new and returning senators, Risa sat in front, crossed her legs and with her high slit presented an image that, to a Twitter user, was improper: the attire of "a slut," he said, not a member of the Senate.
Senator Risa's reply: "Stop telling women how to dress." Hontiveros authored Republic Act 11213 or Safe Spaces Act, popularly known as "Bawal Bastos" law.
'Mamamatay kayong lahat'
At the south wing of the House of Representatives where movie actor Philip Salvador arrived with fellow actor Robin Padilla and comedian Bayani Agbayani for the Sona. Both are avid defenders of the President.
Asked by reporters what he was expecting Duterte to talk about in his Sona, Salvador said, "Sa inyo pong lahat na bumabatikos. Mamamatay kayong lahat. Salamat po."
Smokers, drinking, quake
Some of the light moments in the Sona:
* After asking "who are the smokers" in the joint session of Congress, the President, departing from his scripted speech, said, "They should be exterminated from the face of the earth."
* He also thought aloud about limiting drinking and karaoke singing to eight or nine o'clock at night.
* What drew the big laugh was his quip that a "psychic" told him that the big earthquake would strike right at the Sona site, the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City. If it was true, he said, he wanted it "now" (while they were assembled for the Sona). "We're all here," referring to the leaders of government, including himself.
* Duterte said he might ask Congress to "reconfigure" Land Bank so it could serve its original purpose: to help the farmers. Otherwise, he quipped, he'd abolish it and give the money to congressmen's development fund. That sent the legislators in the audience laughing.
* He admitted propensity to use metaphor, simile, hyperbole and other figures of speech, which sometimes confused his audience.
'Moon River,' Duterte version
Shortly after he finished his speech, the President sang "Moon River," the Oscar-winning theme song of the movie "Breakfast at Tiffanys." How was the singing? He was able to finish it, a broadcaster reported.
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