President Aquino trumpeted the accomplishments of his government in the past 2 years, saying that nothing is impossible once the Filipino people realize that they are the boss.
Aquino’s SONA, his 3rd since being elected in 2010, lasted over an hour and a half and was interrupted more than 100 times with applause. The loudest applause came after the President urged Congress to pass the Responsible Parenthood Bill, Malacañang’s own version of the controversial reproductive health bill.
Among the accomplishments he mentioned in the SONA are: a record 6.4% GDP growth in the first quarter of 2012, record performances of the stock market, rising tourist arrivals, and record high increase in coco water exports.
He also answered critics who said that his “daang matuwid” and good governance drive would not benefit the poor.
As the President was delivering his speech, a large crowd of protesters gathered on what has become the traditional place of protest on the day of the SONA, Commonwealth Avenue. They too had their own version of what it has been like in the last two years of the Aquino administration.
Police kept them on Commonwealth Avenue and away from the Batasan Pambansa, with clashes resulting in injuries to some.
View the day's scenes in images compiled by ABS-CBNnews.com.