MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang is working on the fifth draft of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Aquino which he is set to deliver on July 23.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the SONA, the third for Aquino, continues to be a work in progress.
Valte said 22 out of 32 bills Aquino mentioned in his previous SONA have advanced in Congress, with more than 10 already on third reading.
Meanwhile, at least 400 soldiers will be on standby to secure the Batasan Complex in Quezon City.
Major Warden Zamora Jr. of the Standing Joint Task Force - National Capital Region said troops are ready to support the Philippine National Police, which is in charge of security.
The military sees no threat ahead of the president's SONA and only expects demonstrations. However, it remains on alert for criminals who may want to disrupt the event.
Meanwhile, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Alan Purisima said some 3,000 policemen will be deployed in critical areas in Quezon City on the day of the SONA.
An additional 4,000 policemen from regions 1, 2, 3, 4-A and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) will also be on standby.
Purisima said the no permit, no rally policy will be strictly implemented. – ANC; with a report from Doland Castro, ABS-CBN News