MANILA, Philippines – President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will deliver his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 25, 2022 at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City.
|President Bongbong Marcos will deliver his first State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 25, 2022.|
Marcos will discuss his key policies and priorities as the country’s 17th Chief Executive, nearly a month after his inauguration.
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Over 1,300 guests are expected to witness the address inside the plenary hall. Meanwhile, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said to deploy 21,000 security forces to man the premises and for border controls.
SONA 2022 HIGHLIGHTS
Executive Secretary Vic Rodriguez said PBBM’s SONA will be delivered “much like how he delivered his inaugural speech.” It is going to be a mix of English and Filipino.
The speech will highlights the outcome of the president’s dialogue with his Cabinet in the past weeks.
“It’s all about our economy, the economic plans, the face-to-face opening of this coming school year. It’s all about Covid response and when we say Covid response, it goes all the way to the entire cycle of economy, not just health. You go into economy, you go into education, and so on,” Rodriguez said.
Earlier, Marcos invited Filipinos to listen to his first SONA.
“Samahan niyo po ako at pakinggan ang estado ng ating bansa at ang mga plano at mithiin natin bilang isang sambayanan para sa mga susunod na taon,” he said in a Facebook post.
It is expected that a new Senate President and House Speaker will welcome Marcos in his first SONA. The 19th Congress will formally begin at 10 a.m. on Monday to elect new leaders prior to the joint session in the afternoon.
The Philippine president delivers the SONA every year to report the state of the country, unveil the government’s agenda for the coming year, and grab the opportunity to urge Congress to pass priority measures.
Article 7, Section 23 of the 1987 Constitution mandates the president to “address the Congress at the opening of its regular session.”
LIVESTREAM AND COVERAGE
The traditional ceremony is expected to start at 4 p.m. as the president will arrive by air or land.
Paul Soriano, a filmmaker and creative consultant at the presidential inauguration, has been tapped again by BBM to direct his SONA. The avid supporter of the president revealed to create two new camera angles to add to the visuals of the SONA.
Only the state-run Radio Television Malacañang (RTVM) will be allowed to cover the event at Batasan.
The SONA 2022 will be aired via livestream on the government’s channel PTV, Presidential Communications Facebook page, and RTVM YouTube channel.
Mainstream media like ABS-CBN, GMA-7, TV5 and CNN Philippines are expected to rely on centralized livestreaming service of RTVM for their updates and coverage.
NOTE: Stay tuned on The Summit Express for the coverage of Marcos’ first SONA.
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