Duterte’s SONA ‘solid, forward-looking’ – Palace

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte will deliver a “sensible, solid, and forward-looking” speech when he addresses the nation on Monday, Malacañang said on Thursday.

In a news conference, Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella said Duterte would likely give his “personal take” and “not just an ordinary technical report” in his second State of the Nation Address (SONA).

“It comes from a very personal perspective as a leader. And looking forward, he will also give a sense of where we are going, where he is leading us into the near future. It should be a sensible and solid and forward-looking (address),” Abella said.

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar earlier said the public should expect a “longer but more meaningful” speech from the President for his SONA.


“Let’s expect that this will be a really meaningful SONA because it is not technical, unlike the last SONA. This time, the projects that the beneficiaries felt will be mentioned in the SONA,” Andanar said in a radio interview over the weekend.

The longer SONA, he said, was due to the Duterte administration’s accomplishments as well as the President’s plans for the rest of his term.

Andanar said the President might mention the Marawi siege and the alleged resurgence of the illegal drug trade in the national penitentiary.

“We know the President, he is full of surprises and at the same time, when he’s very passionate about an idea, he will adlib. It’s good because it only means he is very passionate about a certain topic or issue,” he said.
The war against illegal drugs, peace talks and tax reforms were among Duterte’s promises in his SONA last year.
Duterte is in Davao City where he will practice his speech with the Presidential Management Staff.

 

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