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Karen Davila criticizes Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s 5th SONA

Duterte mentioned ABS-CBN and Senator Franklin Drilon during the SONA’s opening salvo.

  • Karen Davila tweeted her opinions regarding President Duterte’s 5th SONA.
  • She stated that the President has made the annual nation address into a platform to rant about his personal vendettas and feelings.

Veteran Broadcast Journalist Karen Davila called out President Rodrigo Duterte after he mentioned Senator Franklin Drilon and ABS-CBN Corporation in the opening salvo of his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) speech.

Davila tweeted that the President has turned the SONA from talking about the state of the country to a platform to let out his “personal vendettas or feelings.”

“No senator or private company deserves to be mentioned at the opening of the President’s Sona,” Davila wrote.

“People are hungry and jobless. People are looking for inspiration,” she added.

During his SONA, President Duterte slammed Drilon for supposedly arrogantly making a remark about oligarchs, correlating it to political dynasties, while the topic was allegedly about the former’s children who are also in politics. Duterte added that Drilon defended the Lopezes, who were the founders and executives of the Kapamilya network.

He then said that he was a “casualty” of ABS-CBN.

Davila continuously tweeted updates and opinions regarding President Duterte’s SONA on July 27.

She stated that his interest to bring back the death penalty is a “distraction” from the current pandemic.

Davila then stated that the SONA has been a distraction from the COVID-19 pandemic and only opened up a new debate regarding the death penalty.


ABS-CBN has been off-air since May 5 when the National Telecommunications Commission issued a cease and desist order to the network. After a series of hearings, the House of Representatives declined its application for a fresh 25-year franchise.

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