SPORTS personalities joined the nation in witnessing President Rodrigo Duterte deliver his first State of the Nation Address on Monday at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City.
President Duterte vowed no let-up for his administration’s war on drugs, as well as discussed his plans on many pressing national issues, like lowering income tax, decongesting airports, shifting to a federal and parliamentary form of government, among others in his 1-hour, 32-minute long speech.
While the President made no mention of his plans for Philippine sports, athletes still ended up inspired with the SONA as some of them posted their support during and after the speech.
NLEX guards Emman Monfort and Garvo Lanete were among the many who watched the SONA on TV as it happened.
"I assure you, this will be a clean government." #DuterteSONA ????????— Garvo Lanete (@garvothe13) July 25, 2016
Alaska guard Dondon Hontiveros, however, had to settle for a smaller screen.
While Kaya FC Aly Borromeo was inspired by the SONA, he was also pumped with some stylistic details done by the President
Excited for the changes! Loving the rolled up sleeves and button downed barong! ???????? #SONA2016— Aly Borromeo (@alybor11) July 25, 2016
GlobalPort teammates Jeric Fortuna and Rico Maierhofer both expressed their approval for the SONA in their own way, with the flamboyant forward tweeting, 'Duterte might be the greatest president of all time.'
S O N A 2 0 1 6 pic.twitter.com/oBAYWjAxFn— Jeric Fortuna (@jericfortuna) July 25, 2016
Sea Games gold medalist triathlete Nikko Huelgas and volleyball star Gretchen Ho were more specific in their praise, citing the plans and targets the President presented on each issue he addressed.
You just gotta love this new President. Excited for his plans! #SONA2016— Nikko Huelgas (@nikkohuelgas) July 25, 2016
What I liked about #Du30SONA2016? Concrete plans & targets per issue. He knows what he wants to do. Now somebody list them all down...— Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) July 25, 2016