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SONA, CONTRA SONA, SANA, SOON NA

Here in the Philippines, it is called State of the Nation Address or SONA for short. In the US, it is State of the Union. In Great Britain, it is called Speech from the Throne or The Queen’s (of King’s) Speech. It is Prinsjesdag in the Netherlands. There is no equivalent name in Japan but the speech, likewise, is delivered during the first session of Parliament.

It is getting to be a habit for the PNP Chief Bato de la Rosa.

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Years ago, I used to go to the jai alai fronton on Taft Avenue. Clearly emblazoned in the fronton wall were the words: “El fallo del juez es inapelable.” Translation: “Pag sinabi ng referee, tapos.”

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Images of the burning Resorts World Hotel and the Grenfell Tower (in London) are grim reminders of one of the constant horrors we face today.

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The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas is not only the country’s central monetary authority. Over the years, it has also taken on a unique role of promoting appreciation of our country’s rich culture and history.

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Detractors’ descriptions of presidential policy range from “rash”, “short-sighted”, “whimsical”, “contradictory”, “knee-jerk” to “confusing”.

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