President Duterte’s last SONA will focus on progress achieved.
On Wednesday, Malacañang said that President Rodrigo Duterte’s last State of the Nation Address (SONA) next week will tell the public where the Philippines is now under his administration and what can the public expect in his last year in office.
Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said in his regular press briefing that President Duterte’s landmark speech was already finalized and that he was scheduled to have his first rehearsal on Wednesday.
“May rehearsal po si Presidente ngayon para sa SONA. Ito po yung kauna-unahang rehearsal niya so naisapinal na po ang kaniyang talumpati. Based on past SONAs, ayaw ni Presidente na binabago yung kanyang speech pero in the end, siya po ang nag-e-edit as he rehearses,” Roque said.
According to Roque, the President’s SONA will look back at his presidency and his important programs.
Roque added that President Duterte will likewise tell the public where the Philippines currently was.
“Sasagutin niya ang tanong na ‘What and where are we now?’, and ‘Looking forward’ doon sa huling taon ng panunungkulan ng ating Presidente,” Roque said.
Roque’s statement came days before President Duterte delivered his last SONA on July 26.
When it comes to arrangements, Roque said that this year’s SONA will just be like in 2020 wherein strict measures were implemented in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease.
Manila Bulletin reported that Vice President Leni Robredo wasn’t invited to physically attend the President’s last SONA but will be virtually attending the said event. However, Roque clarified that it was the House of Representatives that sent the invitations and not Malacañang.
Roque also said that he wasn’t aware if the past presidents were invited, noting that all of them were already senior citizens.