President Rodrigo Duterte will be physically present in Congress to deliver his State of the Nation Address next week, Malacanang said Monday. The chief executive is expected to detail how he plans to address the twin health and economic crises spawned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
One option was for the 75-year-old leader to deliver his SONA from a remote location, marking the first time in recent years that the speech would not be delivered from the Batasang Pambansa. Duterte decided against a virtual speech. Rehearsals are underway for the penultimate SONA, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said.