State of the Nation Address
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Redux? Duterte admin recalls Arroyo policies, controversies

Jul 22, 2018 - 10:41 AM

Rodrigo Duterte and Gloria Arroyo have similar tendencies on key policy issues, but experts say Duterte has pushed his powers to the 'brink of authoritarianism'

LONG-TIME ALLIES. President Rodrigo Duterte and former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo walk on the center aisle of Sanctuario de San Jose in Mandaluyong City on January 8, 2017, as principal sponsors in a wedding ceremony. Malacañang file photo

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

If the SONA were a movie franchise, here's how we'd review it

Jul 21, 2018 - 6:30 PM

The first two SONAs, after all, were directed by acclaimed director Brilliante Mendoza

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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 20, 2018

Jul 20, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

#WalangPasok in Quezon City on July 23 for SONA 2018

Jul 19, 2018 - 8:08 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his 3rd State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 23

[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

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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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 17, 2018

Jul 17, 2018 - 12:05 PM

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Students wade the gutter-deep flood water in Brgy. Holy Spirit in Quezon City on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, after the local government of QC cancelled elementary classes after night of almost non-stop rain due to southwest monsoon enhance by typhoon Henry. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

[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

Sara Duterte attending SONA 2018

Jul 16, 2018 - 1:00 PM

At least one member of the First Family will be present at President Rodrigo Duterte's 3rd State of the Nation Address

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio listens as her father President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the opening ceremony of Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2018 at the BFA International Convention Center in Boao, People’s Republic of China on April 10, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

The week in photos: July 7-13, 2018

Jul 14, 2018 - 12:11 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

VIVE LA FRANCE. A France fan cheers before the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

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

#BabaeAko on Robredo as opposition lead: 'She cannot do it alone’

Jul 13, 2018 - 7:59 PM

The #BabaeAko movement is organizing a protest on the day of President Rodrigo Duterte's third State of the Nation Address, calling the activity the 'Anti-Misogyny Activists sa SONA', or #AMaSONA.

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 says his SONA will last 'not more than 35 minutes'

Jul 09, 2018 - 10:29 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also says he 'will read' his 3rd State of the Nation Address

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he delivers his State of the Nation Address at Congress in Manila on July 25, 2016. Duterte announced a unilateral ceasefire with communist rebels who are waging one of Asia's longest insurgencies, and urged them to reciprocate. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

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

BBL needs a push from Duterte to become law before SONA

May 19, 2018 - 11:54 AM

Congress has 6 session days left to meet President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadline to pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law before it adjourns sine die on June 2. It is ambitious but doable.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he delivers his state of the nation address at Congress in Manila on July 24, 2017, as Senate President Aquilino Pimentel (L) and House Speaker Pantaleon Alverez (R) listen. 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

Sotto as Senate president? Reorganization looms ahead of Duterte's SONA

May 18, 2018 - 1:26 AM

A draft resolution signed by 14 senators is leaked even as Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III denies there are efforts to replace him

OUSTER? Talks are rife Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III is set to replace Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III next week. Sourced photo

Naming 3rd telco player won't happen before SONA – DICT

Apr 27, 2018 - 6:11 PM

'We can’t just rush it if we want a strong telco that can compete with Globe and PLDT,' says Undersecretary Eliseo Rio Jr, Department of Information and Communications Technology OIC

[Newspoint] Duterte’s figures don’t add up

Aug 05, 2017 - 2:00 PM

A quick although revealing enough survey of three basic areas shows that Duterte’s facts and figures do not come up to any achievement

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

Jul 30, 2017 - 11:38 AM

Must watch videos from this week

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

2017 SONA: Fact check, context

Jul 26, 2017 - 11:27 AM

Rappler looks at President Duterte s orders accomplishments and attacks on critics during his second SONA

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

Explaining Duterte’s views on Filipino criminality

Jul 25, 2017 - 6:37 PM

The consistency and resoluteness of his acts will earn him more admiration Filipinos understand and share these philosophies of punishment

SONA 2017 shows state of Duterte's mind, not of PH – De Lima

Jul 25, 2017 - 4:35 PM

Do you think you even have the moral values and credible standing after that garbage of a speech you have unloaded before us and the foreign diplomatic corps? says Senator Leila de Lima

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.

Rappler Talk: Nene Pimentel on federalism, Congress, Duterte's SONA

Jul 25, 2017 - 3:38 PM

The former Senate president shares his thoughts live on Rappler