SONA 2012 not longest in PH history

By David Dizon, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Jul 23 2012 06:51 PM | Updated as of Jul 24 2012 02:51 AM

The longest, shortest SONAs in PH history

MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino’s 3rd State of the Nation Address, which lasted for nearly an hour and a half, is not the longest in the country’s history.

Undersecretary Manuel L. Quezon III of Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office said that honor goes to President Ferdinand Marcos’ 1969 SONA, which had a total of 30,427 words.

In comparison, Aquino’s 2012 SONA had only 8,890 words.

“So [Marcos’] '69 SONA the longest at 30k words was 3.33x longer than 2012 SONA at 8,890 words,” he said in his Twitter account.

Quezon said Aquino’s speech also failed to make the top 10 longest SONAs in the country’s history. At least seven of the country’s longest SONAs were delivered by Marcos, two were delivered by Diosdado Macapagal, and one was delivered by Manuel Roxas.

The top 10 longest SONAs are:

1) 1969  – Ferdinand Marcos (30,427 words)
2) 1972  – Ferdinand Marcos (24,186 words)
3) 1970 – Ferdinand Marcos (21,640 words)
4) 1968 – Ferdinand Marcos (18,399 words)
5) 1971 – Ferdinand Marcos (15,220 words)

6) 1976 – Ferdinand Marcos (15,053 words)
7) 1967 – Ferdinand Marcos (14,601 words)
8) 1963 – Diosdado Macapagal (13,406 words)
9) 1965 – Diosdado Macapagal (13,115 words)
10) 1947 – Manuel Roxas (12,658 words)


Quezon also revealed the 10 shortest SONAs in the country’s history. Of the 10, 3 were delivered by Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Elpidio Quirino and Ramon Magsaysay had 2 each, and Diosdado Macapagal, Corazon Aquino and Ramon Magsaysay had 1 each.

Top 10 shortest SONAs

1) 2005- Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (1,551 words)
2) 1950- Elpidio Quirino (2,487 words)
3) 2004- Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (2,690 words)
4) 1964- Diosdado Macapagal (2,829 words)
5) 1938 – Manuel L. Quezon (2,856 words)

6) 2003- Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (3,326 words)
7) 1987- Corazon Aquino (3,358 words)
8) 1954 – Ramon Magsaysay (3,388 words)
9) 1951 – Elpidio Quirino (3,495 words)
10) 1956 – Ramon Magsaysay (3,905 words)