Joyce Bernal to direct Duterte's 4th SONA

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Posted at Jun 26 2019 09:04 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte speaks with film director Joyce Bernal as they make preparations for the President's third State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Malacañang Palace, July 22, 2018. Also seen in the photo is then Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go, now an incoming senator. Albert Alcain, Malacanang Photo/File

MANILA - Film director Joyce Bernal will direct President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address (SONA) for the second time, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar confirmed Wednesday.

Last year, Bernal succeeded acclaimed director Brillante Mendoza, who handled Duterte's first two SONAs. 

The romantic comedy director had aimed for a "patriotic" feel and a glimpse at the President's "psyche" in his 2018 SONA.

Duterte is set to deliver his fourth SONA on July 22.