MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday delivered the longest State of the Nation Address (SONA) recorded after the 1986 EDSA Revolution in terms of word count with around 12,527 words.
Duterte's speech surpassed the length of former President Benigno Aquino III’s 2015 SONA which had 11,934 words.
Aquino, however, still holds the record for the longest SONA in terms of time, post-EDSA, at 135 minutes.
The word count of Duterte's second SONA pales in comparison to the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos' 1969 SONA with 29,335 words, according to Malacañan.
Duterte's 2017 SONA lasted for 120 minutes, double the 50 minutes it was estimated to last, as the chief executive broke from what the teleprompter flashed by delivering jokes and impromptu remarks.
Duterte's first SONA ran for more than 90 minutes, with 9,561 words.
This year, Duterte tackled environmental issues, tax reform, peace negotiations with communist rebels, and reiterated his fight against illegal drugs among others.