LIVESTREAM: President Duterte SONA 2018 video

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) today, July 23, 2018 (Monday) at the Plenary Hall of the Batasang Pambansa Complex in Quezon City.

President Duterte set to break the tradition in his third SONA.
President Duterte set to break the tradition in his third SONA.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Saturday said Duterte will stick to the ‘change is coming’ theme, as it was instrumental to his successful campaign during the 2016 elections.


"As the Father of the Nation, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will once again articulate the people’s desire for genuine and meaningful change," Roque said.

As announced, SONA 2018 will be available through livestream video on Presidential Communications Facebook page and Radio Television Malacañang (RTVM) YouTube channel.

WATCH: The official livestream video of President Rodrigo Duterte's third State of the Nation Address (SONA) set to deliver on Monday, July 23, 2018 at the Batasan Pambansa, Quezon City.

Other media outlets and top news organizations ABS-CBN, GMA-7, TV5 and CNN Philippines are expected also to provide their live streaming of SONA 2018.

What to expect on Duterte's SONA 2018?

President Duterte is expected to break the tradition of delivering SONA. The iron-fist leader will not tout the accomplishments per Cabinet. Duterte would instead speak as the father of the Filipino people. Roque explained that the president's speech was different because of the pre-SONA forum during which the administration's achievements were discussed.

Round the clock preparations were made to assure safety of the highest official and the estimated 3,000 guests at the Plenary Hall. As reported, the National Capital Region Police Office is said to send a 7,000-strong police force.

For the third time, former president Benigno Aquino III will be skipping the event.

Romcom director Joyce Bernal was tapped to direct the production of President Duterte's SONA.

The president is set to arrive at 3:00 p.m. and to be accorded by arrival honors to be led by the AFP Chief-of-Staff, together with the Sergeant-at-Arms of the Senate and House of Representatives.

The speech is expected to start at 4:00 p.m. and will only last for 35 minutes if read straight from the prepared remarks.

The full text of President Rodrigo's speech in English and Filipino translation called the "President's Report to the People" will be available online shortly after the President has spoken or around 5:00 p.m.

— The Summit Express

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