SONA 2019: Moving to Duterte administration’s next 3 years

President Rodrigo Duterte is scheduled to deliver his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) in the second half of his term on Monday, July 22, 2019.

In his “fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will report to the Filipino people the achievements of the administration in the past three years, the present situation of the country, and his plans to further move the nation forward for the next three years,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said on Sunday, July 21, 2019.

The President is expected to “again tackle the promises he made on fighting corruption, illegal drugs, criminality, and rebellion,” Panelo said.

Panelo also said the President is also expected to speak about other major issues, such as that of the West Philippine Sea, ways to sustain the growth in our economy, and his legislative agenda.

Pres. Duterte said he may educate the public on the constitutionality of his fishing agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping during his fourth SONA.

The October 2016 agreement between Duterte and Xi allows the Chinese to fish within the Philippines’ 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone, for as long as China will allow Filipinos to fish in the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar said Duterte’s address is expected to be delivered in 45 minutes to one hour and 20 minutes.

Duterte’s third SONA last year was about 48 minutes, his second was delivered for 120 minutes while his first was 90 minutes.

Andanar also said Duterte’s fourth SONA will reflect “how the future will look like” in his remaining three years in office. (Source: Azer Parrocha, PNA)