President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will deliver his sixth and final State of the Nation Address (SONA) a little over two weeks from now, and is expected to highlight the government’s continuing campaign to curb corruption and illegal drugs.
According to Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar, Duterte’s upcoming SONA, scheduled on July 26, will cover his administration’s “legacies” and present his plans for his final year in office, as the country battles the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
“This year’s SONA will be discussing all the administration’s accomplishments and legacies on multifaceted governance,” Andanar said.
“It will cover economics, social services, infrastructure, peace and security, and our independent foreign policy. It will further include where we are currently in these aspects to provide the Filipino people a clear picture of our current situation,” he added.
The PCOO chief said the President’s speech is in the works, and he is “currently working on the first draft of his speech.”
“The address will also be an opportunity for him to set out the directions and plans of the government for the remaining year as we continue to be a source of change while addressing the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Secretary Andanar said.
Apart from the administration’s achievements, he said Duterte’s forthcoming SONA will include his plans for the remainder of his term.
Some of the priorities the President would highlight include sustaining the country’s Covid-19 pandemic response, economic recovery, as well as the fight against corruption and illegal drugs, among others.Duterte’s 6th SONA is scheduled to be held at the Batasang Pambansa Complex in Quezon City.