Two years into his term â€“ Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte is set to deliver his third State of the Nation Address, or SONA, on Monday.
While SONAs are meant to highlight the administrationâ€™s recent accomplishments and future legislative plans, President Duterte will not tout his administrationâ€™s achievements this time — instead, palace officials say â€śhe would speak as the nationâ€™s father who cares about his people.”
The presidentâ€™s annual report to the joint session of Philippine Congress will be under the direction of Joyce Bernal — an award-winning director known for her hit romantic comedies.
While Duterte is known for deviating from prepared speeches, Malacanang is promising a shorter, 35-minute speech this time.
Last yearâ€™s SONA lasted for 120 minutes — including Duterteâ€™s jokes and off-the-cuff remarks.
Meanwhile, at this #BabaeAko community forum in New York, these Filipinos say they will be closely watching the presidentâ€™s annual report on Monday.
As the president delivers his SONA, members of the Malaya movement will be holding a counter SONA protest, called Peopleâ€™s State of the Nation address at the Philippine consulate in New York on Monday.