MANILA – Several senators on Tuesday welcomed and expressed various views on President Rodrigo Duterte’s fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) which he delivered
House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano urges his colleagues to speak with all “honesty, candor, and humility” during this time of unprecedented crisis. “The enormity, the challenges, and the severity of the crisis we face require much faith, sacrifice, and hard work, not just from our leaders but from each and every one of us,” Cayetano said.
“This is not the time to be unclear as to the intentions of this House of the People, instead, we must speak frankly and truthfully, surely about our hopes and aspirations but also and perhaps more importantly, about our uncertainties,” he added. He noted that the greatest task of the government is to keep Filipinos safe and healthy while getting back to work.
While final details on the state of the nation (SONA) setup have yet to be released, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque vowed to give updates in the following days leading up to July 27. “Sa ngayon, wala pa pong detalyeng na naibibigay sa’kin…pero hayaan niyo po, pag plantsado na, mag-a-anunsyo na tayo diyan (At present, there are no details given to me, but don’t worry, when it’s all ironed out, we will make an announcement),” he said. Earlier, Roque floated the possibility of having a “blended” style SONA, referring to a combination of having guests physically present while others opting to watch from their television sets or online.