MANILA – Presidential Communications Office chief Martin Andanar defended his description of President Rodrigo Duterte's speech for his first State of the Nation Address (SONA).
Prior to the SONA, Andanar said the president's speech made him cry. However, some netizens and Duterte critics said the speech was far from heart-wrenching.
In a Facebook post, Andanar said there was nothing wrong with how he described Duterte's speech as that was how he appreciated its content.
''The emotional moment is a very subjective one Prof.,'' Andanar said in an exchange with political analyst Antonio Contreras.
''There are issues that I'm passionate about that were mentioned in the speech; unilateral ceasefire (no amount of medals or cash gifts will compensate for lost lives), no separation between God and State, Muslim and Lumad TV, task force against media killings."
Andanar said the quote, ''And the Filipino, disciplined, informed and involved, shall rise from the rubles of sorrow, apathy, and pain so much that all mirrors of the world will reflect the face of a passion that will change this land'' particularly roused him.
''Again, we all have our own ways and biases,'' he said.