Duterte finalizing 4th SONA | Philstar.com

Reference: Diaz, J. (2019, July 15). Duterte finalizing 4th SONA. Philstar.com. Retrieved July 15, 2019 from https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/07/15/1934788/duterte-finalizing-4th-sona

Duterte finalizing 4th SONA
Jess Diaz (philstar.com) – July 15, 2019

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — It will be his fourth, but preparations remain as meticulous as before for President Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 22.

Sources said the President’s main speech is being finalized though he has yet to approve it and make the necessary corrections.

The President will reportedly hold rehearsals for his SONA starting July 19 when he returns to Malacañang. He will be in Davao City for a series of southern engagements until July 19.

It could not be determined yet if the President would segue to impromptu delivery, or stick to his prepared speech, as Duterte has a penchant to digress from script.

The President earlier said he might use the SONA to lecture Filipinos about why his recent remarks on allowing Chinese to fish in Philippine waters is constitutional. Duterte had decried critics lambasting him for saying so.

“What they’re saying as unconstitutional, well you wait. Maybe at the SONA I will educate people that what I did, saying you can fish, I’m right. It’s not unconstitutional,” the President said in a mix of Filipino and English at Malacañang last week.

The President stressed he had prepared an argument about why allowing China to take marine resources that are supposed to be exclusive for Filipinos is not a violation of the 1987 Constitution based on his understanding.

Meanwhile, preparations for the SONA reportedly include a possible performance of the Philharmonic Orchestra.

Directing the event will be filmmaker Joyce Bernal, who reportedly wants more lights to be used.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  • Welcome to Legislative Library Service Online!

    Welcome! This is the current information service provided by the House of Representatives Legislative Library which started in the 15th Congress. This blog provides information about the Library, its collection, online clippings of national issues related to or about the House of Representatives, the different House Members, Philippine legislative history, legislation, bill drafting, laws, and other articles pertaining to Congress and to the creation of laws.
%d bloggers like this: