President Benigno Aquino 3rd was still finishing up his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) he will deliver on Monday before the House of Representatives, where he is expected to lay out his plans for his final two years in office and restate his defense of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
The SONA will also report on the accomplishments of various government departments and the fulfilment of the promises he made in his address last year, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said on Friday.
The President will focus mainly on his administration’s good governance and anti-corruption campaigns, Coloma added.
A SONA usually goes through several revisions, and Malacañang does not release its full text to media until several hours before it is delivered.
Palace deputy spokesperson Abigail Valte said the President was still checking facts he will report to Congress and the people.
The President was to go over the address with his speechwriters Friday on afternoon, Valte added.
“A lot of the work goes also into vetting correct facts that may or may not end up in the final speech. We have a saying for those who are involved in the crafting of the SONA that nothing is final until the President delivers it from the podium,” she said.
Valte declined to reveal more about the speech, saying it is still “a work in progress.”
“Let us wait for him to deliver the actual speech. We, also, at this point will be preempting the President if we give any sort of these clues and we’d like him to have the full audience when he delivers his fifth SONA,” she said.
Last year’s SONA was the longest the President has delivered but received fewer applause compared to previous years.
The President will report the “gradual transformation of our country from an economic laggard to one of the fastest-growing economies in the world,” Coloma said.
He added that the Aquino administration takes pride in holding the World Economic Forum in Manila recently, where the government showcased to the world the “principles of good governance that is from good economics.”
The President is also expected to continue his defense of the DAP and how it benefited the people, Coloma said.
The speech will also touch on the Priority Development Assistance Fund or pork barrel, he added.