Marcos’ first Sona: ‘The state of the nation is sound’

Neil Arwin Mercado - Reporter / @NAMercadoINQ 07/25/2022

MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. delivered his first State of the Nation Address (Sona), giving a glimpse of his first few days in office and his plans for the next six years. Unlike his…

Bongbong Marcos arrives at Batasan for first Sona

Neil Arwin Mercado - Reporter / @NAMercadoINQ 07/25/2022

MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. arrived at the Batasan Pambansa in Quezon City on Monday afternoon for his first State of the Nation Address (Sona). Marcos Jr. arrived at around 3:30 p.m. aboard a chopper.…

Marginalized groups urge President Marcos to give more attention to sector in SONA

Pegeen Maisie M. Sararaña 07/24/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Marginalized groups are calling on President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to give priority to issues faced by the sector in his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday July 25. This was…

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…

PRO-7 beefs up security preparations for PBBM’s first SONA on Monday

Pegeen Maisie M. Sararaña 07/23/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The top official of the Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO-7) has directed heads of the different police units in the region to beef up their security preparations for the first State…

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…

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…

Cortes highlights 3 key points in Duterte’s SONA

Mary Rose Sagarino 07/27/2021

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines — Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes has highlighted three things from President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s last State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 26, 2021. These are the free college education, the…

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…

Grading Duterte (1)

Rufa Cagoco-Guiam - @inquirerdotnet 07/26/2021

General Santos City—It is that time of the year again when the country’s president delivers the State of the Nation Address (Sona). This is President Duterte’s last Sona, which means that this is his culminating activity, or…

CCPO appeals to militants: COVID cases rising, postpone rallies

Pegeen Maisie M. Sararaña 07/25/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — With at least 200 policemen on standby to secure any rallies in Cebu City, police are appealing to militant groups to postpone the holding of street rallies tomorrow, July 26, when President Rodrigo…

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