SONA fashion police: Ban on ‘political messages’ bucked

Julie Aurelio 07/24/2022

MANILA, Philippines — On Monday, for the first time since the start of the pandemic, more guests and media personnel will be allowed at the venue of the State of the Nation Address (Sona) of President Ferdinand…

Dela Rosa, Escudero hope Bongbong Marcos’ Sona will touch on drugs, economy

John Eric Mendoza - @inquirerdotnet 07/23/2022

MANILA, Philippines —  Two senators on Saturday said they hope to hear President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. tackle the issues of illegal drugs, crime, terrorism, and economic recovery in his first State of the Nation Address (Sona). Senator Ronald…

Waiting to see

Mahar Mangahas - @inquirerdotnet 07/23/2022

A presidential State of the Nation Address (Sona) is a president’s version of the nation’s journey—where it is now, how it came this way, and where he plans to lead it. A Sona covers whatever a president…

Governance prospects for 2022 and beyond

Dindo Manhit - @inquirerdotnet 08/07/2021

After five years of the Duterte presidency, the administration’s governance and performance certainly merit scrutiny. Stratbase ADR Institute’s recent virtual town hall discussion on the “State of Philippine Governance: A Five-Year Review of the Duterte Presidency” saw…

He to the loo, she to the gold

Ma. Ceres P. Doyo - @inquirerdotnet 07/29/2021

Almost at the same time that Filipino weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz was preparing to lift the 224-kg weight that would win for the Philippines our first ever Olympic gold on July 26 in Tokyo, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte…

The long goodbye

Manuel L. Quezon III - @inquirerdotnet 07/28/2021

The State of the Nation Address (Sona), besides being a requirement, is supposed to achieve two things. It’s supposed to highlight what the administration has done over the past year, and justify the money the President will…

Cebu biz leaders weigh in on Pres. Duterte’s last SONA

Morexette Marie B. Erram 07/27/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Key figures in the business community here welcomed President Rodrigo Duterte’s move to recognize the private sector’s participation in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic in his last State of the Nation Address (SONA). But…

Duterte: When I said I will fight drugs in 6 months, I thought it was like in Davao

Neil Arwin Mercado 07/27/2021

MANILA, Philippines — “I thought it was like in Davao.” President Rodrigo Duterte had this to say in his final State of the Nation Address (SONA) as he looked back at one of his campaign promises back…

Duterte warns of possible lockdown if ‘more aggressive’ Delta variant spreads

Christia Marie Ramos 07/26/2021

MANILA, Philippines — In his final State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte warned of a possible lockdown should the more transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant spreads in the country. “It (Delta) is rampaging…

For selfies, lawmakers, guests crowd around Duterte after Sona speech

Christia Marie Ramos 07/26/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Apparently eager to get their photo taken with President Rodrigo Duterte, some lawmakers and other guests at the Batasang Pambansa broke physical distancing protocols as they crowd around the Chief Executive after he delivered…

Speaking on pandemic, Duterte jokingly looks for ambulance: Baka meron na ako?

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 07/26/2021

MANILA, Philippines — As President Rodrigo Duterte began to tout “how well [he] led” the country during the pandemic, he jested about contracting COVID-19 as he jokingly looked for an ambulance during his final State of the…

On final Sona, Duterte repeats campaign promise to ‘kill people who destroy PH’

Gabriel Pabico Lalu - Reporter / @GabrielLaluINQ 07/26/2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte again mentioned his often-repeated campaign promise to kill people who would “destroy the country,” even telling the International Criminal Court (ICC) to record and use his statements in his last State…

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