PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte arrived at the Batasang Pambansa complex in Quezon City on Monday for his second State of the Nation Address (SONA).
Duterte, who will deliver his speech before a joint session of Congress, was on board the presidential helicopter.
He was welcomed by Senate President Aquilino Pimentel 3rd and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.
Duterte was then escorted to the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office before proceeding to the session hall for the joint session of Congress.
The President will deliver his speech at 4 p.m., as protesters rally outside the House of Representatives to express their dismay over his administration’s policies.
Malacañang said that Duterte would deliver a “realistic but hopeful” speech.
“The President’s State of the Nation Address will be rendered in broad strokes reviewing past achievements, stating the present situation and announcing future prospects,” Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella said in a statement.
“On the whole it will be frank, challenging, realistic but hopeful,” he added.