SONA 2020

Rappler+ Live Chat: Let’s talk about Duterte’s 5th SONA

Happening Wednesday, July 29, at 5pm

Thousands of positive coronavirus cases and millions of unemployed Filipinos hound President Rodrigo Duterte as he prepares to face the country to deliver his 5th State of the Nation Address. Meanwhile, human rights continue to be under threat with the continuing drug war and a feared anti-terrorism law now in place. 

On Wednesday, July 29, at 5 pm, Rappler will host a live chat with Malacañang reporter Pia Ranada and House reporter Mara Cepeda to discuss the SONA and the opening of the 18th Congress’ regular session in the wake of these issues.

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Duterte administration’s 4th year in office and the coronavirus pandemic 

Pia Ranada and Sofia Tomacruz speak to Rappler+ members about the coronavirus response of the Duterte administration as he marked his 4th year in office. 

Human rights and drug war 

Rambo Talabong, Lian Buan, and Jodesz Gavilan speak to Rappler+ members about the state of human rights and the continuing drug war amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

Philippine economy and budget spending 

Ralf Rivas and Aika Rey speak to Rappler+ members about the state of the Philippine economy and public spending amid the coronavirus pandemic.