‘Pilipinas S03E18’: This year’s SONA brought out the biggest plot twists and crossover in history

July 24th, 2018

One of the biggest plot twists in this year’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) was when former president and acquitted plunderer Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo took oath as the new Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Minutes before President Rodrigo Duterte’s SONA, Arroyo took over the podium and took her oath even with the microphone turned off. The unexpected change of leadership happened after 161 House members signed a manifesto ousting incumbent Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

And just like a villain who rises up from the dead to take vengeance, Arroyo made the ultimate comeback! Some were not even surprised by it but were definitely disappointed to see her back in power.


I AM NOT SORRY… YOU ARE!!!" #SONA2018 #SONAlokoNa pic.twitter.com/JDB1aSJVq8

— Ash Respeto (@athenaanona) July 23, 2018

Pres. Duterte’s SONA is directed by yet another popular director, Bb. Joyce Bernal this time, and Pinoys think that it’s probably why we’re getting all the drama and plot twists as if we’re watching a teleserye every SONA.

Reading SONA highlights and updates about the PH government at this ungodly hour… at this point, all I can say is that our political history is the cringiest teleserye ever written 😤

— China Gabriel (@superfinechina) July 23, 2018

Bigyan na ng award si Direk Joyce for giving us the most thrilling plot twist of the decade 😂#SONA2018 #Alvarez #Arroyo #NatabunanSiPDutz

— Ruski Cavalier (@Russ_Cavs) July 23, 2018

It might as well open with “Previously on Pilipinas, S03E18” because it looks like we’re living inside a political TV series.

Our government looks like a bad production of Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Scandal rolled into one.

Sorry not sorry, Bb. Joyce Bernal. #WeCanDoBetter

— Ted Pylon (@TedPylon) July 23, 2018

This year’s SONA is basically Game of Thrones IRL.

basically, this year's SONA's a literal Game of Thrones. Agawan na ng upuan literally and figuratively

— Bread on Urine (@KingKhrushchev) July 23, 2018

Fans who are excited to see Season 8 don’t have to wait much longer because it’s already here in the Philippines—live in action. It’s probably why this season would be it’s finale.

I guess Game of Thrones Season 8 wouldn't be aired on 2019 it's actually happening now live in the PH. Everyone is playing their roles very well. #SONA2018

— lovy doby (@ardincullen) July 23, 2018

GMA is Cersei Lannister all along who’s playing the game all too well and ascending to the Iron Throne once again.

This SONA is more dramatic and full of twists than Game of Thrones! Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is the Cersei Lannister of the Philippines. The woman knows how to play politics really really well. 😂✌🏻#SONA2018 pic.twitter.com/z9M6WgRKPA

— Chris Dave Tan🏳️‍🌈 (@ChrisDaveTan) July 23, 2018

Game of Thrones Philippines. 👑 #SONA2018 pic.twitter.com/TFRF9SWVkI

— Mark (@Danzheen) July 23, 2018

When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or die or become Speaker of the House. pic.twitter.com/nyxTNYKsMm

— Miss Maggie (@MiaMagdalena) July 23, 2018

Some got confused if they’re watching a crossover between GoT and Netflix’s House of Cards or a real-life political drama a.k.a SONA.

House of Cards or Game of Thrones?

— Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) July 23, 2018

And if you’re wondering who replaced Kevin Spacey on House of Cards, it’s our very own former president and current House Speaker! Get ready for some action-packed Filipino version of House of Cards, now streaming. #PinoyPride

Our new favorite show, surprise episode of Season 3 today!!#SONA2018 #NoToDu30ChaCha #SONAlokoNa #Alvarez #Arroyo #HouseSpeaker pic.twitter.com/r9SKJPPkK8

— Jason del Rosario | #OustDuterte (@fauxillustrado) July 23, 2018

Gloria Macapagal Arroyo replaces Kevin Spacey in House of Cards. pic.twitter.com/DuWY1wHKo7

— Nadine Di Lustre Pacis (@TheNthNadine) July 23, 2018

Former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo gets sworn in as the new House Speaker minutes before President Duterte's 2nd State of the Nation Address… This is some serious House of Cards shit right here. #SONA2018

— Joseph J. Bautista (@jsphbtst) July 23, 2018

Who needs House of Cards when you have real life suspense, action, front stabbing (not back stabbing btw) at the Lower House? #SONA2018

— Karen Davila (@iamkarendavila) July 23, 2018

Professor Dolores Umbridge made a special appearance on SONA, too. Not gonna lie, we hated this scene because we all know that Umbridge is more evil than the Dark Lord. One mustn’t tell lies, remember?

i see no difference
#SONA2018 #SONAlokoNa pic.twitter.com/jNqKZHjtsU

— lsmr jr. (@lsmrmpgjr) July 23, 2018

Lily Cruz is also back in action and ready to serve some cold blood.

"Alvarez is out. Arroyo is in! And just like Lily Cruz, I AM INDESTRUCTIBLE!" #SONA2018 #SONAlokoNa pic.twitter.com/HG2qeh7yqo

— Aj Roqueta (@itsroquetaaj) July 23, 2018

LILY CRUZ IS BACK WITH A VENGEANCE 🌹 #SONA2018 #SONAlokoNa pic.twitter.com/yTJu7yUxKG

— Karl Butaslac; (@KickstarterKarl) July 23, 2018

GMA stood on the podium, rose to power again, and addressed everyone a la Madison Montgomery from American Horror Story. That show isn’t based on true events and people for nothing, really.

Philippine Horror Story Season 3 starring…#SONA2018#SONAlokoNa
House of Representatives
Speaker of the House
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo pic.twitter.com/kQZ5id3QZ8

— The Kiko Fernandez (@foreverkiko99) July 23, 2018

Life imitates art as GMA looked like the real-life portrait of Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”.


Edvard Munch's "The Scream"


House of Representatives Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo#SONA2018 #SONAlokoNa #SONAngyariSa2Years pic.twitter.com/o0TfqXOAYu

— ALT_AsecMargauxUson (@AsecMargauxUson) July 23, 2018

And if you wanna know what she was shouting about, the internet have theories…

Caption this: "Dao Ming Siiiiiiiiii!!!" #SONA2018 #SONALokoNa pic.twitter.com/2lAU5CLip5

— Abby (@yeahwhatnow) July 23, 2018

“WELCOME TO THE 75TH HUNGER GAMES!” #SONA2018 pic.twitter.com/y2mJDQImc6

— da(m)n (@LesserDans) July 23, 2018

“WHAT’S UP MADLANG PEOPLE?!?!?!?!?!” #SONA2018 pic.twitter.com/R8s0vnx13G

— Rio John Estrellado (@RJEstrellado) July 23, 2018

Ramen pls

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"Hello?! Hello Garci?!" pic.twitter.com/BNDffwQL9O

— Jai Cabajardashian (@jaicabajar) July 23, 2018

From “I am sorry” to “I am back,” this is the ultimate “GLO-up”!

Tita Glow (c) Joey Clutario pic.twitter.com/x53Lk4l7nx

— Patrick John Carcer (@pathcarcer) July 23, 2018

And as she takes a seat as House Speaker, may we never forget, Pilipinas.

#NeverForget the victims of the Ampatuan Massacre. The Ampatuans were allies of then President, now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The halls of the country's institutions are filled with mass murderers.

— Omid Javier Siahmard (@omidong) July 23, 2018

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the most hardworking woman we know.

the devil works hard but Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo works harder

— BIANCA (@anbinarciso) July 23, 2018

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