Duterte ready to deliver 5th SONA on July 27

first_imgThe President of the Philippines is required by the Constitution to give an annual report to the nation and disclose policy directions before a joint session of Congress. MANILA – Amid threats of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to physically deliver his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa on Monday, July 27. Photo shows protesters holding rally during President Rodrigo Duterte’s previous State of the Nation Address. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque yesterday urged the critics of the Duterte administration to hold their protest online to avoid possible spread of COVID-19. CNN PH Meanwhile, the Palace spokesperson has also urged the critics of the administration to hold their protest online to avoid possible spread of COVID-19. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a virtual press conference yesterday that Duterte opted to be present at the Batasan instead of delivering his speech via video conferencing.center_img Roque added that there could be limits in the members of the Congress to be present, which could possibly be eight senators and 50 members of the House of Representatives. “Palagi nila tayong binabatikos na mabagal sa pagpapatigil ng COVID-19 transmission kaya dapat na maging ehemplo sila at huwag nang magsagawa ng mass gathering,” Roque said./PN “I can confirm for the first time that the President will be physically present in Batasan for the SONA pagdating sa ika-27 ng buwan na ito,” Roque said. “Naka-schedule po ang rehearsal at patuloy po ang preparasyon.”last_img