Miriam: SONA is no Oscar night


July 23, 2013

Wants SONA uniform for lawmakers

MANILA – Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago lambasted lawmakers’ “obsession to bling” and promised to file a resolution prescribing an official uniform for members of Congress attending the State of the Nation Address (SONA).

“I watched TV and could not stand it. The SONA event should be a serious time for the Congress to pick up policy directions indicated by the President. It should not be treated as Oscar night in Hollywood, with a red carpet, where peacocks spread their tails and turn around and around, as coached by media in a feeding frenzy,” she said.

What Santiago saw instead was an event to endorse expensive designers.

“I was once a clueless participant in those mindless events. Don’t get me wrong. I am very proud of our local fabrics and our local designers, some of whom are world-class. But the SONA event is not the proper venue for their talents,” she said.

She cited Article 25 of the Civil Code, which dictates that: “Thoughtless extravagance in expenses for pleasure or display during a period of acute public want or emergency may be stopped by order of the courts at the instance of any government or private charitable institution.”

She noted the country is suffering from “acute public want, because of a high unemployment rate of 7.5% and a high underemployment rate of 19.2%.”

She also noted the country is facing an emergency amid the dispute with China and Taiwan.

She added that the country also faces an emergency, because of territorial disputes with China and Taiwan.

Santiago said the look of the clothes should merely indicate membership in the Senate and House of Representatives and to separate them from those who are not members.

“The highlight of the SONA is the President. It is not the flashy women. Now the flaky men are even
getting into the act. They also parade, sometimes with photogenic arm candy, into the session hall and preen like their female counterparts. Enough!” she said.

She added: “Most important of all, the attitude should not be frivolous and giggly. The attitude should be serious and businesslike.”

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  • kikayPang0
    23 July 2013 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    Santiago missed her psych medication again …..

  • jorge buesa
    23 July 2013 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    Look at the people, the way they dress to hear Nation Address (SONA0). Did anyone tell this politicians, that they alot of poverty in the philippines ? Hey people get with it you can’t show things like that to poor people that voted for you. I feel sorry for the President from philippines. To all of you look like a circus !

  • JAVO
    24 July 2013 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    Ms Miriam, if you are having difficulty finding a good “coutourier”, I will help you find one … also, there are jewelry shops that can loan you expensive jewelries, if you do not know that. However, I respect your comment for the simple reason that its so difficult to dress you up.

    On the other hand, isn’t it a fact that Filipinos are suckers for events like this… they forget their names, they forget their problems, they forget everything, just to have a glimpse of the people that have or will eventually “hurt & deceive” them… see, even Vice Ganda can make a fool out of them.

  • JAVO
    24 July 2013 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    Kikay, are you referring to “prozac or “xanax””? If any of the two, its getting difficult to get it.

    The prescription just got changed to high dosage to “valium”.. its easy to get in the Philippines and it easily calms down anxiety and panic disorder.

  • jr(catholic against capitalism)
    25 July 2013 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    Having Miriam Defensor Santiago as a Judge-elect of the International Criminal Court and a member of the Senate of the Philippines, I can say that I am mighty proud to be a Filipino and all the good things she is doing to our country. She is an intelligent woman, who fights for the oppressed and has the moral commonse sense attitude that is innate. Mabuhay ka Madamme Defensor and mabuhay ang Pilipinas!