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Report card: How did Duterte fare in last 2 years?

Jul 22, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte's third State of the Nation Address, Rappler asks its readers to grade his performance on 11 subjects culled from his campaign promises

Why Noynoy Aquino always skips Duterte's SONAs

Jul 21, 2018 - 2:38 PM

It's for practicality, former president Benigno Aquino III tells Rappler

President-elect Rodrigo Roa Duterte and outgoing President Benigno S. Aquino III meet at the President’s Hall Sala for a courtesy call before the formal inaugural ceremony. Photo by Rey Baniquet/EDP Malacanang

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Jul 20, 2018 - 8:24 PM

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LIST: SONA 2018 activities, protests

Jul 20, 2018 - 5:57 PM

Several protests and activities are lined up on Monday, July 23, to mark President Rodrigo Duterte's third State of the Nation Address

Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

More Duterte insults at SONA 2018? 'I’m ready,' says Robredo

Jul 20, 2018 - 2:08 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says she had been discouraged from attending the State of the Nation Address at the Batasang Pambansa as President Rodrigo Duterte may use the occasion to again 'insult and humiliate' her

[OPINYON] Kung paano dapat tangkilikin ang SONA

Jul 19, 2018 - 9:55 AM

Usisain ang sarili. Ano ba ang sitwasyon mo habang pinanonood ang State of the Nation Address? Kumakain? Nagugutom? Bumibiyahe? Nagmamadali? Ihing-ihi? Binubulyawan ng boss mo?

PRESIDENT RODRIGO DUTERTE'S 2018 STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS

Jul 18, 2018 - 3:00 PM

NEWS, FEATURES, ANALYSES, IN-DEPTH REPORTS, VIDEOS

Duterte to rehearse for SONA 2018 on July 22

Jul 18, 2018 - 2:54 PM

The rehearsal will take place in Malacañang and not in Davao City, where President Rodrigo Duterte practiced for his SONA in 2017

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge and Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge in Intramuros, Manila on July 17, 2018, expresses his gratitude to China for funding the construction of the two bridges. Malacañang Photo

#StoryOfTheNation: What do you want to hear in SONA 2018?

Jul 18, 2018 - 11:46 AM

In the days leading to SONA 2018, bring your story to center stage

[OPINION] Enemies and expletives: Staples in Duterte’s SONA

Jul 17, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The President’s words show him to be a populist leader with narcissistic tendencies

[OPINION] Why it's time to change the SONA

Jul 17, 2018 - 7:26 AM

'If a government is eager and dedicated to regain the trust and participation of its people, it must make smart decisions that will include them'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa on July 24, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Women’s groups to Duterte: 'Huwag ka nang mag-SONA'

Jul 16, 2018 - 5:08 PM

According to the group of women advocates, the previous state of the nation addresses delivered by President Rodrigo Duterte do not encapsulate the 'real state of the nation'

SONA. Participants sing Babae during a community singing at the #EveryWoman SONA ng Kababaihan event at the UP Bahay ng Alumni held on July 16, 2018. Photo by Angie de SIlva/Rappler

10 things to expect at Duterte’s SONA 2018

Jul 16, 2018 - 1:32 PM

With a new director and a presidential promise to keep the speech within 35 minutes, will this year's SONA be a big change from the last two?

DUTERTE SPEAKING. President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during his 2nd SONA on July 24, 2017. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Noynoy Aquino to skip Duterte's SONA for 3rd time

Jul 16, 2018 - 11:40 AM

Vice President Leni Robredo, who belongs to the Liberal Party like ex-president Noynoy Aquino, says she will attend President Rodrigo Duterte's 3rd State of the Nation Address

NOT ATTENDING. Former President Benigno Aquino III also skipped his successor Rodrigo Duterte's first two SONAs. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

When ex-presidents skip the SONA

Jul 15, 2018 - 2:07 PM

(3rd UPDATE) While they are not required to attend, former presidents can be invited to hear the incumbent's State of the Nation Address in person

NOT ATTENDING. Ex-president Benigno Aquino III declines an invitation to be present during President Rodrigo Duterte's 1st SONA.

TRIVIA: SONA date changes through the years

Jul 14, 2018 - 1:30 PM

The date of delivering the annual SONA has changed through time

TRIVIA: Welcoming committee and other SONA traditions

Jul 14, 2018 - 7:28 AM

The President's speech is usually the highlight, but the SONA has its own traditions too

SONA 2018 security head advises Duterte not to face protesters again

Jul 12, 2018 - 7:40 PM

House of Representatives sergeant-at-arms Roland Detabali says the security personnel are prepared for any scenario for the 2018 State of the Nation Address

SONA SECURITY. House sergeant-at-arms Roland Detabali (1st from left) assures the public they have prepared for all scenarios to keep President Rodrigo Duterte and his guests safe during his 3rd SONA.

Tagum City Chamber Chorale to sing national anthem for Duterte's 3rd SONA

Jul 12, 2018 - 6:20 PM

The choir is recommended by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who also hails from Tagum City

VICTORY. The Tagum City Chamber Chorales poses after winning gold at the Sing N’ Pray International Chorale Competition in Kobe, Japan in January 2018. Photo from tagumcity.gov.ph

IN PHOTOS: Joyce Bernal inspects Batasang Pambansa ahead of SONA 2018

Jul 12, 2018 - 5:03 PM

This will be the first time for her to direct President Duterte's SONA

Movie Director Joyce Bernal during the walk through on July 12, 2018, in preparation of the incoming 23rd State of the Nation Address (SONA) of the President Rodrigo Duterte on July 23. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

In SONA 2018, Joyce Bernal to capture ‘how much Duterte loves the PH’

Jul 12, 2018 - 3:25 PM

The director, famous for romcom films, explains her plan in directing President Rodrigo Duterte's 3rd State of the Nation Address

DIREK IN BATASAN. Director Joyce Bernal inspects the Batasang Pambansa plenary hall, where President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his 3rd SONA. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Andanar: Robin Padilla recommended Joyce Bernal as SONA 2018 director

Jul 11, 2018 - 5:32 PM

Brillante Mendoza directed the last two SONAS

Over 6,000 cops, 600 soldiers to secure 2018 SONA

Jul 10, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Authorities say they have not monitored any threats related to President Rodrigo Duterte's 3rd State of the Nation Address on July 23

GUARDED. Thousands of security forces will guard Duterte's third SONA.

Duterte's SONA 2018 will be 'straight from the heart'

Jul 05, 2018 - 1:21 PM

'We will all be intrigued about what the President will say,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he delivers his state of the nation address at Congress in Manila on July 24, 2017. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vowed July 24 to press on with his controversial drug war that has claimed thousands of lives, as he outlined his vision of an "eye-for-an-eye" justice system. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Joyce Bernal to direct Duterte's third SONA

Jul 04, 2018 - 6:54 PM

The director takes over from Brillante Mendoza

JOYCE BERNAL. The filmmaker, shown here at the 'Kita Kita' presscon in 2017, will be directing Duterte's third SONA. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, July 23-29, 2017

Jul 30, 2017 - 11:38 AM

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Palace claims EU, CHR invited to SONA 2017

Jul 27, 2017 - 3:11 PM

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella claims the EU and the Commission on Human Rights declined the SONA invitations

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is greeted by members of the Senate and the House of Representatives upon his arrival at the Batasang Pambansa for his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 24, 2017. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

EU, CHR not invited to Duterte's SONA 2017

Jul 26, 2017 - 7:35 PM

The EU Parliament and the Commission on Human Rights are both critical of the killings in President Rodrigo Duterte s war on drugs

SECOND SONA. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his second State of the Nation Address on July 24, 2017, without the EU and the CHR in the audience. Malacanang photo

U.S. vows to help resolve Balangiga bells issue

Jul 26, 2017 - 9:03 AM

We will continue to work with our Filipino partners to find a resolution the US embassy in Manila says

LIGHT MOMENT. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte chats with US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim in Rizal Park on December 30, 2016, on the sidelines of the 120th anniversary of Dr Jose Rizal's martyrdom. Malacañang file photo   LIGHT MOMENT. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte chats with US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim in Rizal Park on December 30, 2016, on the sidelines of the 120th anniversary of Dr Jose Rizal's martyrdom. Malacañang file photo

Battle of opposition blocs? Lagman, Suarez deliver counter-SONAs

Jul 25, 2017 - 8:49 PM

House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez s counter State of the Nation Address is less scathing compared to that of Albay Representative Edcel Lagman

COUNTER-SONAs. Representative Edcel Lagman and Minority Leader Danilo Suarez delivered their own counter-SONAs on July 25.

Brillante Mendoza explains Duterte's closeup shots at SONA 2017

Jul 25, 2017 - 8:14 PM

What does the director have to say to critics of his style in directing President Duterte s second State of the Nation Address?

Cimatu: Mines that violate laws will be fined, suspended, or closed

Jul 25, 2017 - 7:25 PM

A day after Duterte s SONA Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says his department is one with the President in his firm desire to rid the country of abusive and irresponsible miners

FIRST DAY. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu on May 10, 2017 recalls how he found out his appointment to the DENR. Screenshot by Rappler

Robredo renews call to uphold human rights, rule of law after SONA 2017

Jul 25, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo reiterates her stance after President Rodrigo Duterte lashes out against his critics and promises an unrelenting drug war

CANDID. Vice President Leni Robredo during the State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, July 24.

6 priority bills of Duterte in SONA 2017

Jul 25, 2017 - 2:12 PM

2ND UPDATE From passing the National Land Use Act to creating a new disaster response department here are bills President Rodrigo Duterte wants the 17th Congress to pass

Malacanang Photo

No agri in SONA? Piñol says Duterte's style not to go into details

Jul 25, 2017 - 1:15 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says the President talked about agriculture during the early part of his State of the Nation Address

SONA. After agriculture was barely mentioned in the 2nd State of the Nation Address, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says it is President Rodrigo Duterte's style not to go into details. File photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

Comprehensive or lacking? Lawmakers weigh in on Duterte's SONA

Jul 25, 2017 - 12:40 PM

Legislators wonder why President Rodrigo Duterte who won the 2016 elections on the promise of change left out key pledges in his second State of the Nation Address

WAS IT ENOUGH? President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during his second State of the Nation Address. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Duterte's silence on workers' issues in SONA 2017 disappointing – labor unions

Jul 25, 2017 - 12:40 PM

His silence is a great disappointment for workers as we were expecting him to announce the release of an executive order prohibiting all forms of contractualization says labor coalition Nagkaisa

POST-SONA. President Rodrigo Duterte speaks before the protesters after his State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 24. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Issues mentioned in SONA 2017

Jul 25, 2017 - 10:13 AM

Rappler compiles the following highlights of President Rodrigo Duterte s second State of the Nation Address

SONA 2017. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) before members of Congress on July 24, 2017. Malacañang photo

SONA 2017: Report to nation or report vs critics?

Jul 25, 2017 - 9:05 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte s second SONA ran for about two hours – with a huge chunk of it unscripted

Duterte says online defenders, trolls hired only during campaign

Jul 25, 2017 - 8:24 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte calls the University of Oxford which released a study about social media manipulation a school for the stupid people

President Rodrigo Duterte praises the efforts of the Overseas Filipino Workers at while encouraging them to be more proactive in the fight against corruption in his speech during the gathering with the Filipino community at the Lusail Sports Arena, Lusail, Qatar on April 15, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/ Presidential Photo

FULL TEXT: President Duterte's State of the Nation Address 2017

Jul 25, 2017 - 12:13 AM

Read the wide range of policy issues that President Rodrigo Duterte covers in both his prepared speech and his off script comments

UNRELENTING WAR. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vows an 'unrelenting' war on drugs in his second State of the Nation Address, delivered on July 24, 2017. Behind him is Senate President Aquilino Pimentel (left) and House Speaker Pantaleon Alverez. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

SONA 2017: No promises to speed up infra implementation

Jul 24, 2017 - 10:53 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte cites the victories in his administration s infrastructure initiatives during its first year in office

OFF TOPIC. The Philippine president once again veered away from the supposed focus of his 2nd SONA, which is economic development. Instead, Duterte gave off-the-cuff remarks on his campaign against illegal drugs, irresponsible miners, and the 1901 Balangiga Massacre, among others. Screenshot from Rappler YouTube account

Duterte wants Senate to pass tax reform in full, zeroes in on Angara

Jul 24, 2017 - 10:40 PM

The President tells Senator Angara to watch out in the elections after noticing the legislator did not clap on his request for the passage of the tax reform bill

'WATCH OUT.' Senator Sonny Angara chuckles after President Rodrigo Duterte calls him out for not clapping during the SONA. Photo by Rappler

Duterte ‘more comfortable’ in 2nd SONA

Jul 24, 2017 - 10:33 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte puts some people and institutions on the spot in his SONA 2017

RELAXED. President Rodrigo Duterte during his second State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 24.

IN PHOTOS: SONA 2017 protest march

Jul 24, 2017 - 10:25 PM

Protesters by the thousands walked kilometers to Batasan demanding the change they did not see realized in President Duterte s first year

Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Duterte affirms commitment to implement K to 12

Jul 24, 2017 - 10:20 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also hails the Alternative Learning System – considered the centerpiece of basic education under his administration

K TO 12. President Rodrigo Duterte affirms his commitment to implement the K to 12 program during his 2nd State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 24. Rappler screenshot

Duterte: PH, China to do joint exploration in West PH Sea

Jul 24, 2017 - 10:17 PM

The Philippine President says there are already talks to get the joint development of oil and gas started

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua on the sidelines of the ceremonial turnover of the military assistance gratis from the Ministry of National Defense of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) at the Clark Air Base in Pampanga on June 28, 2017. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte wants death for drug convicts: ‘An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth’

Jul 24, 2017 - 10:09 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte reiterates in his SONA that the essence of the death penalty is retribution for the victims of heinous crimes

AFTER THE SONA. President Rodrigo Duterte talks to protesters outside Batasang Pambansa after his SONA on July 24. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Kris Aquino comments on President Duterte's SONA 2017

Jul 24, 2017 - 9:40 PM

The entertainment figure and daughter of former president Cory Aquino lists down the points she agrees with in President Rodrigo Duterte s address

Duterte accepts Mighty Corp's P25-B tax settlement offer

Jul 24, 2017 - 8:54 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says the money will fund rebuilding efforts in war torn Marawi and also in Ormoc City which was struck by a strong earthquake