• Philippine News Agency [PNA] | Roque did not provide additional details about the Covid-19 recovery roadmap Duterte will be presenting during his fifth SONA on July 27. Despite the threat posed by Covid-19, Duterte decided to be physically present at the Batasang Pambansa Complex in Quezon City when he delivers his fifth SONA. However, there will only be a limited number of people who can attend this year’s SONA to minimize Duterte’s risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus. The Presidential Security Group has also ensured that heightened security measures would be in place during the annual event to keep Duterte safe from Covid-19.
In an advisory sent to reporters, the House of Representatives said only members of the presidential broadcast staff of the Radio Television Malacañan (RTVM) will be authorized inside the chamber’s premises to cover the SONA. “Please be advised that as per the recommendations of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), all media are not allowed inside the premises of the House of Representatives in Batasan Hills, Quezon City during the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 27, 2020,” the advisory read.