Blockbuster director Joyce Bernal said on Monday she wished to set a happy tone for the fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Duterte on July 22, unlike last year’s antagonistic mood due to the power grab by Gloria Macapagal Arroyo against then Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.
“I want it hopeful and good,” she told reporters during her walkthrough at the House of Representatives session hall.
“’Yong parang masaya na, kasi last year, anong nangyari? So sana parang i-set mo ‘yong mood ng lahat ng tao dito na, ‘Uy, ‘wag na kayong mag-away. Mga bashers!” said Bernal.
She was alluding to the coup staged by Arroyo against Alvarez, which unfolded live on national television.
Bernal said she was directing the SONA without pay.
“Parang dapat lahat tayo pro bono for this, for the Philippines… Actually gusto ko po. I want to do something for him,” she said.
“Lahat pro bono. Napakaliit ng gagawin ko na tulong sa Presidente. Siya ata ‘yong pinakapagod sa ating lahat dito. Konting-konti lang ‘tong tulong na ‘to,” Bernal said.