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Santiago eyes resolution to ban flashy SONA outfits

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Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago sure knows how to make her presence felt despite her absence at the State of the Nation Address (SONA) Monday.

Even if she was still on sick leave a day after SONA, Santiago reveals a plan to file a resolution which would prescribe an official uniform for solons attending SONAs in the future.

“I watched TV and could not stand it. The SONA event should be a serious time for the Congress to pick up policy directions indicated by the President,” Santiago said.

“It should not be treated as Oscar night in Hollywood, with a red carpet, where peacocks spread their tails and turn around and around, as coached by media in a feeding frenzy,” she added.

In the last few years, the feisty senator decried how lady lawmakers and senators, even their spouses, showed off their dresses produced by designers.

She noted the spotlight about SONA should be put on President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, not on the flashy women or men parading on the red carpet.

"The highlight of the SONA is the President. It is not the flashy women. Now the flaky men are even getting into the act,” Santiago said.

“They also parade, sometimes with photogenic arm candy, into the session hall and preen like their female counterparts. Enough!" she pointed out.

This prompted her to file a resolution prescribing an official uniform for Congress members to prevent lawmakers from reducing their position to mere “endorsers of expensive designers.”

Santiago reminded lawmakers that the law frowns on conspicuous consumption which she called "the obsession to bling."

Citing Article 25 of the Civil Code, Santiago said thoughtless extravagance in expenses for pleasure or display public events may be stopped by order of the courts “at the instance of any government or private charitable institution."

She insisted that clothes should simply put distinction on the members of Senate and House of Representatives from those who are not.

Santiago suggested women to wear short pencil skirt, paired with a simple-sleeved barong blouse that can be accentuated with a single strand of Philippine pearls.

The veteran senator added that men should be a plain long-sleeved barong, noting both men and women could wear a ceremonial ribbon with the Congress logo.

She added those attending SONA in the gallery must wear an office attire.

"Most important of all, the attitude should not be frivolous and giggly. The attitude should be serious and businesslike," Santiago said.

Santiago clarified she is very proud of local fabrics and designers, who reinvent Filipino traditional dresses and costumes.

“Don't get me wrong. I am very proud of our local fabrics and our local designers, some of whom are world-class. But the SONA event is not the proper venue for their talents," she explained.

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Santiago eyes resolution to ban flashy SONA outfits
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Offline LionHart

Reply #1 on: July 27, 2013, 11:23:32 PM
Well she's got a good point. Nice share buddy.

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Reply #2 on: July 29, 2013, 02:56:34 PM
may point si Santiago the dress should be simple enough for the event without flashy dresses but not limited to the designers.... sa kanila pa rin ang saka she should pinpoint the media also, kasi kaya naman nagiging sensational ang event dahil sa media...


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Reply #3 on: August 05, 2013, 10:03:55 PM
Come to think of it, it really does look like a joke doesn't it? Katawa tawa nga kung minsan itong mga ito sa SONA.


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Offline jboyzxxx

Reply #4 on: August 21, 2013, 02:28:04 PM
tama naman si mirriam jan eh... nafofocus ung mata ng tao sa mga damit ndi sa nilalaman ng SONA..


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Reply #5 on: August 21, 2013, 05:21:38 PM
sa akin ok to si miriam
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Offline POBOX9213

Reply #6 on: August 23, 2013, 03:43:31 PM
Magagarang damit ngunit balat buwaya naman sila! Galing sa nakaw ang mga gamit nila!

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Reply #7 on: August 24, 2013, 11:59:48 PM
I agree with miriam, pero para sakin mas marami pang dapat unahin kesa busisiin ang mga suot ng mga nasa gobyerno. Ganun din naman kasi eh, gagastusin pa rin ang pera ng tao para bumili ng mamahaling mga alahas at damit. ang nag iba lang yung lugar kung saan isusuot. Hindi pa rin nadagdagan ang pagkain sa mesa ng mga Pilipino dahil sa resolusyon na naiisip ni Miriam.

Offline Marcus

Reply #8 on: August 25, 2013, 12:15:22 PM
Agrew with merriam,

Offline yanzmyk

Reply #9 on: August 29, 2013, 04:08:29 PM
Ma'am I really salute you and have respect for you. Pero I suggest better focus on the FOI Bill muna tsaka yung Anti-EPAL law na ginagawa mo. Mas okay yun.

Offline amy2004

Reply #10 on: August 29, 2013, 06:28:16 PM
Wag na resolution pwede naman memo from the Senate President and the Speaker of the House. A uniform is nice so the Legislators should pick an official  design for men and women and to add to that para hindi magarbo put a cap to the cost of the dress.

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Reply #11 on: August 29, 2013, 07:36:22 PM
So far wala naman ako nadidinig na super sama about Mirriam. I'm going to miss this one pag alis niya ng Pinas.

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Offline EagleEye

Reply #12 on: August 30, 2013, 01:54:41 AM
TSK. Ongae. Feeling awards night. Bakit ganon?


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