MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – It’s official. Philippines President NoyNoy Aquino now holds the Guinness World Record for the longest State of the Nation Address (SONA).
Aquino delivered his last SONA Monday night before a joint session of Congress. From his first word to the last, it took him two hours and ten minutes, beating all other lenghty SONAs anywhere in the world.
In the U.S., most presidents keep their State of the Union Address (SOTU) under one hour, although occasionally they would go over. President Bill Clinton holds the U.S. record for the longest SOTU for his January 27, 2000 address which ran for one hour, twenty eight minutes and forty nine seconds.
Aquino’s SONA was occasionally interrupted by brief applause, yawns, a sip of water and his smoker’s cough.
The Guinness World Record will go down in history as the greatest legacy of any Philippine president, dead or alive.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – In the U.S., presidential politics is shaping up to be a Clinton-Bush-Clinton-Bush affair. In the Philippines, it’s likely to be Marcos-Aquino-Marcos-Aquino.
After four years of the older Bush (George H.W.) and eight years of the younger Bush (George W.); and after eight years of Bill Clinton, the 2016 U.S. presidential elections is likely to be a contest between another Bush and another Clinton – Jeb and Hillary.
The Philippines seems to be mimicking its former colonial master. After twenty years of Marcos’ rule (Ferdinand, Sr.) and six years a piece for the older Aquino (Cory) and her son (NoyNoy), the 2016 presidential elections could possibly be a contest between another Marcos and another Aquino – Bongbong (Ferdinand, Jr.) and Kris (NoyNoy’s sister).
It will be up to the intelligent Filipino voter to make the difficult choice between matuwid na daan (straight path), and baluktot na daan (crooked path). Matuwid na daan is the NoyNoy administration’s battle cry.
The question is, who — between Bongbong and Kris — will follow which path? What color will the voters choose? Red (Marcos loyalists) or yellow (Aquino fanatics)?
Let the games begin!
(Actually, the games have begun. Marcos’ resume is now being scrutinized as far as his Oxford and Wharton degrees are concerned, while Aquino’s love life is taking center stage — largely through her own doing).