President Benigno S. Aquino III, delivers his State of the Nation Address for the 6th and last time before the Joint Session of Congress on Monday, July 27. He stressed that the seeds of reform have been planted for the people and future leaders to water to full fruition. His two-hour annual report to the nation stressed the various programs of government that center on the principle of "Matuwid na Daan" by way of good governance. Attentively listening to the President are Senate President Franklin Drilon and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr, along with other lawmakers, guests and other dignitaries. Photo: Gilbert Engay, Media Relations Service-PRIB

President Benigno S. Aquino III, delivers his State of the Nation Address for the 6th and last time before the Joint Session of Congress on Monday, July 27. He stressed that the seeds of reform have been planted for the people and future leaders to water to full fruition. His two-hour annual report to the nation stressed the various programs of government that center on the principle of “Matuwid na Daan” by way of good governance. Attentively listening to the President are Senate President Franklin Drilon and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr, along with other lawmakers, guests and other dignitaries. Photo: Gilbert Engay, Media Relations Service-PRIB

MANILA, July 27 (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III on Monday started his sixth and final State of the Nation Address (SONA) by enumerating alleged scams under President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

“Noong mga panahong iyon, miski bata, natutunan na ang salitang scam,” Aquino said.

The President particularly recounted the multimillion-peso fertilizer fund scam.

“Sino kaya ang napataba ng patabang ito? Klarong hindi lupa o magsasaka,” Aquino said.

He also reminded the public of the allegedly anomalous NBN-ZTE broadband deal entered into by the previous administration.

At present, Mrs. Arroyo is under hospital arrest at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City over plunder charges arising from the alleged misuse of intelligence funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office during her incumbency.

Before starting his speech, the President apologized for not doing the traditional walk to shake the hands of lawmakers, saying he is not feeling well.

Aquino was nevertheless welcomed by lawmakers, most of them his allies, with a rousing round of applause and a standing ovation when he was entering the House plenary hall.

This led House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. to remark, “Nakakataba ng puso.” Aquino was beaming while looking down at Congress members from the rostrum.

Belmonte and Senate President Franklin Drilon then called the joint session of Congress to order. Religious leaders from the Roman Catholic Church, Iglesia ni Cristo, the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches and the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos led the prayer. (MNS)