President Rodrigo R. Duterte is set to deliver his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa on Monday, July 23, 2018. Watch SONA 2018 live streaming here.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque revealed that it will follow a new format and tackle issues close to his heart.
President Rodrigo Duterte will focus on issues that are “close to his heart,” Malacañang said last May 8.
“May bagong format at ang mangyayari iyong SONA really, malilimita siya doon sa mga gusto talagang sabihin ng Presidente sa taumbayan. So iyong mga achievement, siguro may mga ibang pagkakataon nang isa-isahin iyan,” Roque said in a Palace press briefing.
(There’s a new format and what will happen is that the SONA will cover what the President really wants to say to the public. So the achievements, perhaps that will be discussed one by one another time.)
“The SONA will really be the President talking to the people and reporting to people on matters close to the President’s heart,” he added.
Per ABS-CBN report, Malacañang decided to tap romantic-comedy film director Joyce Bernal to direct the President’s SONA, replacing acclaimed director Brillante Mendoza.
Known for directing blockbuster hits, including the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival entry Gandarrapiddo: The Revenger Squad, Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo?, and the Kimmy Dora series, Bernal said she intends to use “sequencing shots” and “warm lighting” to capture Duterte’s patriotism on camera.
SONA 2018 Live Streaming
SONA 2018 will be broadcast live on local TV networks including PTV4, ABS-CBN, GMA 7 and TV5. The event is also available to watch via live streaming channels online on Youtube and Facebook.
President Rodrigo Duterte’s third SONA is expected to start at 4:00 p.m. The speech is drafted in English which the President is comfortable with, but His Excellency, like last year, might deliver some off-the-cuff remarks.