President Rodrigo Duterte set to deliver a “realistic yet hopeful” second State of the Nation Address (SONA), Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement on Sunday.
“The President’s State of the Nation Address will be rendered in broad strokes reviewing past achievements, stating the present situation and announcing future prospects,” Abella said during the joint session of Congress at the House of Representatives.
“On the whole it will be frank, challenging, realistic but hopeful.” He added.
Abella also stated that the 2nd SONA of President Duterte will be rendered in borad strokes reviewing past achievemens, stating the present situation and announcing future prospects. The speech is written in English and if read straight should take 50 minutes but given that there will be pauses for applause and off-the-cuff remarks, the speech may take about an hour and thirty minutes.
Duterte who swept to power on a promise to reduce criminality has spent much of his first year in office defending an onslaught on illegal drugs that has seen thousands of suspected criminals killed.
He also raised hopes on ending the decades-long communist insurgency. However, last week Duterte just called off peace talks with communist rebels due to the continuing attacks against the government forces, including the new violence on Wednesday that killed at least four presidential guards in North Cotabato province.
Duterte’s administration is also wrestling with a terrorist rampage that ahs left over 500 people in Marawi City.
The battle in Marawi urged the President to declare martial law in Mindanao. Just this Saturday, the congress granted the President’s request to extend the declaration until December 31.