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FULL TEXT: President Duterte’s 2019 State of the Nation Address

Jul 22, 2019 - 7:59 PM

The first thing the President asks Congress in his speech is to restore the death penalty for heinous crimes related to illegal drugs and plunder

4TH SONA. President Duterte says, 'I'll end my term fighting' during his State of the Nation Address on July 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Thousands of cops on full alert for SONA 2019

Jul 22, 2019 - 2:19 PM

From EDSA to Commonwealth Avenue, cops stand in position to secure President Duterte's most important speech of the year

PNP Chief General Albayalde along with RD Eleazar and DD Esquivel arrives at the St Peter along Commonwealth Avenue to inspect the venue for the protest and check on the PNP Personnel deployed to secure the rallyist and the SONA. Troops were treated to a song by the heads of the PNP were a pnp band was set up. Then Albayalde proceeded to talk to the media and assure the public and the protesters that as long as they follow what was agreed beforehand about the peaceful conduct of the protest, the PNP shall maintain a maximum toletance policies during the SONA protest. July 22, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Groups hit Duterte admin’s performance ahead of SONA 2019

Jul 20, 2019 - 7:32 PM

Groups and advocates urge people to join the United People's SONA to demand justice, truth, and accountability for the rights and welfare of Filipinos

AGAINST. Youth leaders from various organization assemble for an alternative SONA called SOPAS: State of the Province of China Address at Nepa Q MArt in Cubao, Quezon City. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

LIST: SONA 2019 activities, protests

Jul 19, 2019 - 6:03 PM

Several protests and activities are lined up in various parts of the Philippines on Monday, July 22, to mark President Rodrigo Duterte’s fourth State of the Nation Address

MARCH. Protesters march towards Batasan along Commonwealth Ave., Quezon City for the United People's SONA during President Duterte's 3rd State Of The Nation Address. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PNP to deploy 14,000 cops to secure SONA 2019

Jul 18, 2019 - 4:48 PM

PNP Chief General Oscar Albayalde says the police have not monitored any SONA-related threats so far

SONA PREPS. The PNP says some 14,000 cops will be deployed to secure the metro for President Duterte's 4th SONA. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Noynoy Aquino to skip Duterte’s SONA for the 4th time

Jul 13, 2019 - 5:56 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III also skipped the first 3 SONAs of his successor Rodrigo Duterte

STILL A NO-SHOW. Former president Noynoy Aquino III once again has no plans of attending President Rodrigo Duterte's SONA this year. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Joyce Bernal is directing Duterte's 4th SONA

Jun 26, 2019 - 3:55 PM

It's the second year in a row for the director to be at the helm of the State of the Nation Address

AGAIN. Joyce Bernal will be directing President Rodrigo Duterte's SONA for the second year in a row. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

What you need to know about what Duterte said in 2018 SONA

Jul 25, 2018 - 11:35 AM

Here's context and a fact-check on President Duterte's orders, accomplishments, and attacks on critics during his 3rd State of the Nation Address

#BabaeAko movement: Arroyo as Speaker won't champion women's status

Jul 24, 2018 - 8:48 PM

At the forefront of #BabaeAko movement's SONA 2018 protest is its call to abolish the 'regressive' TRAIN Act

#BabaeAko SONA protest. Photo by Sheila May Advincula/Rappler

[OPINION] With love, from Deadpoor

Jul 24, 2018 - 4:30 PM

'People tend to come together to comfort each other, to affirm each other, and give each other hope. This is a simple practice of empathy. To many of us, it is called solidarity.'

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

SONA 2018: Duterte cleans up but House spoils it

Jul 24, 2018 - 2:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his 3rd State of the Nation Address without going off-script, without cuss words, but definitely with drama, courtesy of his allies in the House of Representatives

Quick point-by-point summary of Duterte's SONA 2018

Jul 24, 2018 - 11:10 AM

Here's a brief guide to all the important points in President Rodrigo Duterte's 3rd State of the Nation Address

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets some members of the 17th Congress upon his arrival at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives Complex in Constitution Hills, Quezon City to deliver his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 23, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

People's SONA unites opposition in 'true' state of the nation

Jul 23, 2018 - 10:47 PM

The protest action, which had about 15,000 at its height according to police, is the historic union of nearly 330 opposition groups tackling different, problematic issues facing the Duterte administration

MARCH. Protesters march towards Batasan along Commonwealth Ave., Quezon City during President Duterte's 3rd State Of The Nation Address. Photos by  Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Thousands hold SONA 2018 protests around PH

Jul 23, 2018 - 9:34 PM

(UPDATED) Protesters come from various groups of women, students, indigenous peoples, farmers, workers, urban poor, religious groups, business leaders, and academics

#SONA2018 PROTEST. As of 4:30 pm of Monday, July 23, 2018, thousands of anti-Duterte protesters gather along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City for the 'United People's SONA'. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Duterte: No stopping TRAIN law

Jul 23, 2018 - 9:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says some have 'incorrectly blamed' the price increases in the past months to the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law

SONA 2018 rallies 'very peaceful'

Jul 23, 2018 - 9:10 PM

'Wala ni isang untoward incident na nareport sa atin o recorded,' says Metro Manila top cop Guillermo Eleazar

NCRPO. Chief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar in a press conference at Camp Crame. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte urges Congress to pass law ending contractualization

Jul 23, 2018 - 8:10 PM

In his 2018 State of the Nation Address, President Rodrigo Duterte reiterates that Congress – not Malacañang – can prohibit contractual employment schemes 'once and for all'

END ENDO. Workers from various groups march towards Mendiola Peace Arch on Labor Day, May 1, 2018, to call for an end to ENDO. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

FULL TEXT: President Duterte's 2018 State of the Nation Address

Jul 23, 2018 - 7:50 PM

He tells Congress to pass the second package of tax reforms, among a number of laws, while he warns irresponsible miners and rice cartels of consequences

Duterte calls for creation of Department of Disaster Management

Jul 23, 2018 - 7:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also calls on Congress to pass the proposed National Land Use Act, which has been pending for two decades

Duterte vows to defend West Philippine Sea in SONA 2018

Jul 23, 2018 - 7:42 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says the Philippines will not 'waver in our commitment to defend our interests in the West Philippine Sea'

STRONGER TIES. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during his state visit in October 2016. Malacañang file photo

Duterte to local officials: Don't make me do your job

Jul 23, 2018 - 7:25 PM

'Proactively enforce our laws, and not wait for us to swoop down on your areas just to do your duty and work,' says President Rodrigo Duterte in his 2018 State of the Nation Address

CLOSED DOWN. Almost all establishments along Boracay's beachfront have closed down one month into the closure order. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Duterte to rice cartels: Stop messing with me

Jul 23, 2018 - 7:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte directs all intelligence agencies to address the 'economic sabotage' caused by rice cartels

Drug war will be 'as chilling as the day it began' – Duterte

Jul 23, 2018 - 6:25 PM

(UPDATED) If you think the government will sideline this campaign, you got it all wrong, says President Duterte in his State of the Nation Address

SONA. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte gave his 2nd State of the Nation Address at the House of Representatives. Screengrab from RTVM

IN PHOTOS: All the looks from the 2018 SONA

Jul 23, 2018 - 4:09 PM

While the opening of the 3rd regular session of the 17th Congress and the SONA are political events – officials and their spouses make their fashion moments too

Photo by Angie de Silva

No network services in parts of Quezon City for SONA 2018

Jul 23, 2018 - 1:31 PM

National Telecommunications Commission Deputy Commissioner Edgardo Cabarios says the affected areas are the Batasan Complex and Barangay Culiat

LOOK: Human rights cops watch over SONA 2018 protests

Jul 23, 2018 - 12:00 PM

These cops will keep an eye out for rights violations by their colleagues

HUMAN RIGHTS COPS. Philippine National Police personnel from the police Human Rights Affairs office watch out for rights violations in 2018 SONA protests. Photos by Maria Tan/Rappler

SONA 2018: Celebrities we always look out for

Jul 23, 2018 - 9:30 AM

In the Philippines, after all, celebrity and politics don't just mix – they often exist in the same sphere

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: 7 fist bump para kay Tatay Digong sa SONA 2018

Jul 23, 2018 - 9:00 AM

O ano, mga ka-DDS? Itaas ang ating mga kamao at pagsalpukin para kay Tatay Digong, ama ng bayan! Siya ang tutupad ng pangarap nating bagong lipunan!

PNP's drug war death toll tops 4,500 before SONA 2018

Jul 23, 2018 - 6:25 AM

Two years on, President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign remains unrelenting

UNRELENTING. The Duterte administration's anti-drug campaign rages on with rising numbers of shabu seizures accompanied by deaths. Duterte photo by Malacañang; Drug campaign photos by Alecs Ongcal, Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte drops by hospital day before SONA 2018

Jul 22, 2018 - 9:40 PM

(3rd UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte visits the Cardinal Santos Medical Center on Sunday afternoon, July 22, for a 'routine medical checkup'

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

Traffic advisory for SONA 2018

Jul 22, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Here's a look at the rerouting scheme and partial road closures for Monday, July 23, when President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his 3rd State of the Nation Address

Traffic along Commonwealth Ave. in Quezon City. Photo by: JOEL LIPORADA

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.