Tracking Duterte's steps in 1st SONA


Posted at Jul 25 2016 11:18 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte. File Photo

MANILA - What should the public expect when President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday afternoon?

Malacañang earlier said there will be no red carpet arrivals given the "business attire" dress code consistent with Duterte's no-frills style.

The 3,000 guests for the SONA are expected to arrive at the Batasan Pambansa in the early afternoon. They are all required to be inside the plenary hall by 3 p.m.

Duterte, meanwhile, will arrive at House of Representatives building in mid-afternoon.

According to the Presidential Communications Office (PCO), Duterte will be welcomed by presumptive Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III and presumptive House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

The President will then stop by the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office (PLLO) before proceeding to the Session Hall for the joint session of Congress.

After the Senate President and House Speaker call the joint session to order, Duterte will deliver his SONA.

Malacañang earlier said Duterte's SONA will focus on his legislative agenda rather than dwell on the shortcomings of previous administrations.

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The SONA is also expected to tackle Duterte's campaign promises of forging peace in Mindanao and fighting crime and corruption.

PCO Secretary Martin Andanar said the SONA will incite love of country in every Filipino.

"The address of the President, personally written by the President, will be a very powerful speech that will awaken the patriot in every Filipino," he said.

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Andanar said the SONA will be in English because "the President is more comfortable speaking in this language."

The speech is expected to run for some 38 minutes, excluding applause from the audience and ad libs by the President.