Duterte to shun achievements, plans in 2018 SONA: He will focus on things close to his heart

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MANILA — The next State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo R. Duterte in July will have a different format, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Tuesday.

“The President will limit it to what he really wants to say to the citizens. The President talking to the people and reporting to the people on matters close to his heart.”” Roque said in a Palace briefing.

Roque said Duterte’s third SONA was one of the topics discussed during 25th Cabinet meeting in Malacañang.

According to Roque, Duterte will be tackling the issue of corruption in his next SONA.

“The campaign against corruption was highlighted by the President when discussing the content of the State of the Nation Address,” Roque said.

Roque stressed that it would be completely different from the usual SONA wherein the chief executive reports on the status of the country, unveils the government’s agenda for the coming year, and proposes to Congress certain legislative measures.

“So the achievements, perhaps there might be another chance for him to enumerate one by one,” he added.