The Chief Justice was serene when asked about the chief executive’s
statements critical of the court; the Vice President had unsolicited advice for
his boss; and a former president said the SONA lacked the kind of vision that
went into building a nation over the long term.
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Still, most lawmakers allied with the President were expectedly supportive of
his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA).
Senate President Franklin Drilon said President Aquino has put a face to the
progress achieved by the administration on policies enforced, and economic
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, asked in an ambush interview how she felt
about the President Aquino’s recent statements seemingly castigating the Supreme
Court after its 13-0 ruling that deemed unconstitutional his Disbursement
Acceleration Program (DAP). Her reply: "You can’t have an emotional court.
....we have professional duties."
Vice President Jejomar Binay, singled out by Mr. Aquino as "someone who knows
what we’ve been through," was asked what he thought of the President’s reference
to the 2016 polls, where Aquino said people must elect someone who will
doubtless be committed to continue the reforms he began.