President Duterte’s economic managers will conduct their own briefings prior to the third State of the
Nation Address (SONA) to allow the chief executive to deliver his message to the Filipino people “straight
from the heart,” the Palace said Thursday.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the pre-SONA briefings will give the President, who is known
for not using his prepared speeches, “more latitude” to say whatever he wants.
“There is still a speechwriter. They want it to be a message straight from the heart of President, not hindered
by the need to report on the different achievements.
The annual speech traditionally features an enumeration of an incumbent’s achievements, but the tough-talking
Filipino leader had went off-script in his first two reports to the nation and attacked some of his critics.
Roque said the pre-SONA briefings will be a scene for the administration’s financial group and different bunches of the Cabinet to give an account of their diverse accomplishments in the second year of the Duterte organization.
The President will convey his third SONA on July 23.