President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his 2017 State of the Nation Address (SONA) in a joint session of Congress in Batasang Pambansa on Monday, July 24. Watch livestream here.
President Duterte will be presenting what will be his second State of the Nation address as Republic of the Philippines president, and his first year since he promised to end drugs, corruption, and criminality.
Reports said that more camera angles are expected to be seen for Duterte’s 2nd SONA as Malacañang approved more cameras inside the session hall of Batasang Pambansa.
Award-winning director Brillante Mendoza said via CNN Philippines that he will use a greater variety of shots when he directs the speech live.
As many as 18 cameras will be placed to capture not only the President as he is speaking, but also the audience’s reactions, Mendoza said.
With this setup, Mendoza said Filipinos will see less of the low-angle shots which he was criticized for last year.
Officials from the House of Representatives said that stricter security measures will be implemented at Batasang Pambansa. Around 6,300 police, report said, will be deployed on July 24 to secure eight different areas in Batasang Pambansa from all security threats including terrorism, protests, among others.
Duterte’s first year in Malacañang were marked by the historic war on drugs that include controversial crackdown on drug users and pushers, result of the joint special session held in the House of Representatives to extend martial law in Mindanao until the end of 2017, and envision of “golden age of infrastructure” – which the administration allotted a three-year rolling infrastructure program (TRIP) amounting to P3.6 trillion from 2018 to 2020.
The organizers said that the guests are expected to arrive as early as 1:00 PM though the session hall will be opened at 2:00 PM.
Watch the President’s speech live here at 4 pm on Monday. Use the hashtag #SONA2017 to join the conversation on social media.