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    LIVESTREAM: President Duterte SONA 2020 video

    MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will physically deliver his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) today, July 27, 2020 at the Plenary Hall at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City amid the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

    LIVESTREAM: President Duterte SONA 2020 video
    President Rodrigo Roa Duterte set to deliver his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) at Batasan Pambansa in Quezon City.

    Under the Constitution, the Chief Executive is mandated to report the state of the country, unveil the government’s agenda for the coming year, and may also propose to Congress certain legislative measures every fourth Monday of July.

    Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar said on Friday that the President’s speech will highlight policies and pronouncements that are much needed at this time of pandemic, especially in balancing the health sector preparedness and opening more economic activities.

    Andanar mentioned that concerns regarding immediate response on generating and sustaining livelihood and continuity of education in the anticipated opening of classes next month are expected to be addressed.

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    As announced, SONA 2020 will be available through special coverage and livestream video on Presidential Communications Facebook page and Radio Television Malacañang (RTVM) Facebook page and YouTube channel.

    WATCH: The official livestream video of President Rodrigo Duterte's 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA) set to deliver on Monday, July 27, 2020 at the Batasan Pambansa, Quezon City.


    Other media outlets and top news organizations ABS-CBN, GMA-7, TV5 and CNN Philippines were advised to tap to the government communications office's centralized coverage for their live streaming of SONA 2020.



    No private media is allowed inside the Batasan.

    Other things to expect on Duterte's SONA 2020

    The number of guests will be limited to 50, including security groups, Palace staff, 13 from the House of Representatives and 12 from the Senate.

    Joyce Bernal returns as director of President Duterte's SONA.

    Bernal said that her team has pre-recorded most parts of the program except for the speech of the President.

    There will be no live singing of the national anthem but only a recorded media playback of chosen children from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

    The full text of President Rodrigo's speech called the "President's Report to the People" will be available online shortly after the President has spoken or around 6:00 p.m.

    — The Summit Express

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