On Presidential Priorities (July 2014): Aquino moves toward legacy

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The annual State of the Nation Address (SONA) of the President of the Philippines, when distilled using word counts, can provide insight into the pressing issues of the day. We update our original post to include the latest 2014 SONA by President Aquino.

TJ Palanca https://www.twitter.com/tjpalanca
08-13-2014
Aquino's 5th SONA word counts suggest a shift of focus from current national issues toward long-term legacies such as education, budget management, and poverty alleviation. However, the overall message echoed by the administration remains the same. (Photo: Official Gazette, public domain)

Figure 1: Aquino’s 5th SONA word counts suggest a shift of focus from current national issues toward long-term legacies such as education, budget management, and poverty alleviation. However, the overall message echoed by the administration remains the same. (Photo: Official Gazette, public domain)

I previously wrote a post that tries to get a feel of the priorities of each administration at various points in time, by measuring how many times each speech mentions certain words that relate to national issues. Following the recent 2014 SONA of President Aquino, we update the data to see what’s changed, and whether there are any shifts in the priorities of his administration.

Please feel free to read the original post to view how this data was collected, shaped, and presented.

The Basics: Length of speech and the Riffraff index

Let’s take a look at the overall length, and how much of the speech actually contained meaningful content, as measured by the Riffraff Index.