Aquino's SONA now on 5th draft

MANILA, Philippines - The speech that President Benigno Aquino III will deliver in his 3rd State of the Nation Address (SONA) has gone through its 5th revision.

Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a radio interview on Sunday, July 15, that Aquino has already received the 5th draft of his SONA speech from his speechwriters.

"We're now waiting for the reviews of the President in the 5th draft," she said.

No update was given regarding the length of the speech's latest draft. The 4th draft reportedly reached more than 30 pages long.

Valte also reiterated that the speech is still a "constant work in progress."

President Aquino's first SONA speech after he assumed office in 2010 went through a reported 16 drafts, while the second SONA in 2011 was reportedly revised 13 times.

Valte has earlier revealed that that the public will see "a lot changes in the way that the President does his SONA" this year. She also revealed that Aquino will likely use visual aids to complement his speech.

The visuals, however, will be determined once the speech is finalized.

Aquino will deliver his third SONA on July 23. -