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Edu Manzano comments on Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s 5th SONA coverage

Edu Manzano questioned the functionality of the 2020 SONA production team.

Former congressional candidate Edu Manzano criticized the production design outcome of President Rodrigo Duterte’s 2020 State of the Nation Address (SONA).

On Twitter, he questioned who was behind the preparation of the SONA and urged the team to not repeat the same mistake.

“Who did the production design of the last SONA? Never again pls!” he said.

The preparation of this year’s SONA was headed by the well-known romantic-comedy director Joyce Bernal.

Prior to the event, Bernal said that its design will be simple yet will display a “different flavor” that’s “very Filipino.”

“Para sa mga tao naman ito so ibang flavor naman. Pinoy na Pinoy. Mas maiintindihan, mas magaan,” she said in a chance interview with reporters.

However, the coverage of the SONA ended in contradiction to what she described it to be.

Netizens were quick to notice the event did not go as planned that they took their disappointment in social media. They also observed the technical mistakes of the team after it viewed nauseating camera angles, the improper visual cues since Duterte was seen having a difficult time reading his address, and other obvious flaws that netizens commented on.

Bernal has directed Duerte’s SONA for three straight years but in this year’s preparation, she said that it will be simpler and more complicated due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

She also said that there will be changes in camera shots due to the limited capacity inside the Batasang Pambansa following the implementation of social distancing thus the usage of huge equipment cannot be operated since it would require more people.

Manzano’s criticism was supported by several netizens since they also share the same sentiments.

Manzano recently started a computer donation drive for students to aid their online learning and continue their education amid the pandemic.

“First batch of 10 computers for the less-fortunate children of Tahanan ng Panginoon. With online/e-learning inevitable children need computers to continue their education and be able to contribute positively to society,” he said.

So far, he has already given ten computers to students as shared in his Instagram account.


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