President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. will deliver on Monday his first State of the Nation Address before a joint session of Congress, in which he is expected to propose measures to address key issues on the economy, public health, education, social welfare, among others.
Marcos' first SONA will take place just around three weeks after his inauguration as the 17th President of the Philippines and the first chief executive in more than 30 years to receive a majority mandate from the Filipino people.
Delivered every fourth Monday of July before a joint session of Congress, the SONA outlines the Philippine president's plans and programs for his next 12 months in office. The statements they make and the orders they give will form part of the government’s priorities to address the most pressing issues of the country.
Here are the highlights of Marcos' first SONA:
- At 3:33 p.m., Marcos arrived at the Batasang Pambansa complex where he will deliver his SONA via helicopter.