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Sona director Joyce Bernal wants ‘hopeful, good’ mood this time

By: - Reporter / @deejayapINQ
/ 05:32 AM July 09, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — In directing her second State of the Nation Address (Sona) on July 22, filmmaker Joyce Bernal wants a more celebratory atmosphere, unlike 2018’s tense and suspenseful one as a result of the speakership battle that upstaged President Rodrigo Duterte’s speech.

“I want it hopeful and good” this time, said the movie director, as she conducted her first walk-through on Monday at the Batasang Pambansa complex in Quezon City, where a joint session of Congress would be convened for the Sona.

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Bernal, best known for her romantic comedies, was also at the helm of last year’s Sona, which was delayed for hours as former Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her allies staged a coup against then Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

Although it was still Alvarez who sat behind the President while he delivered his speech, Arroyo was installed Speaker that same evening.

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“We want it to be happy because, look at last year, what happened? So I hope you can set the mood of the people here, like, ‘Hey, stop quarreling already!’” Bernal said in Filipino.

She said she was taking on the job for free.

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