PNoy’s 3rd SONA speech revised ‘more than 7 times’
The speech to be delivered by Aquino for his 3rd SONA has gone through more than seven revisions

MANILA, Philippines – The speech to be delivered by President Benigno Aquino III for his 3rd State of the Nation Address (Sona) has gone through more than 7 revisions, according to Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda.

“It has reached more than 7 drafts. I don’t know if it’s 8th or more,” Lacierda said in a radio interview on Sunday, July 22.

Lacierda said that Aquino and his speechwriters have just finished the final draft on Saturday, July 21. “I’m not very clear how many drafts were made yesterday because the changes are ongoing. The President is editing some lines that he thinks need to be improved,” he said.

Aquino will be delivering his speech in Filipino when the regular session in Congress opens on Monday, July 23.

“Expect a truthful and inspiring Sona, and it’s a defining Sona for the people and for government workers—for all of us,” Lacierda said.

When asked about some details in the content of Aquino’s speech, Lacierda declined to respond. He said Aquino instructed them not to release any information about the speech.

“The preview is a lot less delicious than hearing the entire Sona. So better for you to take and see the Sona,” he added. –