HEADS UP: President Duterte Delivers His Final SONA (July 26)

Here’s what you need to know today.
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Here’s a Heads Up from reportr on news that you need to know today, July 26:

SONA 2021

  • President Rodrigo Duterte is set to deliver his final State of the Nation Address this afternoon. How did past presidents use their so-called swan song to define their legacy?
  • More people can physically attend the SONA this year compared to the previous one, but they are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Due to this requirement, Vice President Leni Robredo will only be attending Duterte’s SONA virtually.
  • The House of Representatives has launched a website to update the public about the legislative achievements of the Duterte administration ahead of his final SONA.


  • The West Philippine Sea issue is closer than what you think, to the stomach even. Think galunggong, and even a possible cure for cancer.


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  • Former Vice President Jejomar Binay is joining the Lacson-Sotto senatorial ticket in the 2022 elections.
  • Sen. Panfilo Lacson bared that there was an ouster attempt against Senate President Vicente Sotto III after he declared that he was running for vice president in the upcoming polls.


  • The Philippines has confirmed a local transmission of the highly transmissible Delta coronavirus variant
  • On Sunday, the Department of Health reported 55 new cases of the Delta variant, bringing its total to 119.
  • The confirmation of a local transmission of the Delta variant prompted the placing of Metro Manila under GCQ with heightened restrictions until the end of July. 
  • The stay-at-home policy for children aged five and above in NCR was also reimposed.
  • Thailand and Malaysia are now included in the Philippines’ travel ban due to the threat of the Delta variant.
  • A new study showed that China's Sinovac has a high efficacy of preventing symptomatic COVID-19 and hospitalization among adults aged 18 to 59.
  • The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas is ordering social media app Lyka to stop functioning as a payments system without proper registration.
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