Duterte's SONA 2021: time, highlights, livestream and coverage

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his sixth and final State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 26, 2021 at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City. It will be in 'hybrid' format again due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Duterte's SONA 2021

The Congress is looking to allow as many as 300 participants to physically attend the event.


"Inside the House plenary, the President will address only around 300 people instead of the usual 1,450 under the special security and public health protocols," the House of Representatives reported.

Only around 50 people were allowed to physically attend Duterte's SONA last year due to heightened restrictions amid the surge of COVID-19 cases. The rest of the officials, lawmakers, dignitaries, and other guests attended the event virtually.


The Philippine president delivers the SONA every year to report the state of the country, unveil the government’s agenda for the coming year, and grab the opportunity to urge Congress to pass priority measures.

Article 7, Section 23 of the 1987 Constitution mandates the president to “address the Congress at the opening of its regular session.”

Earlier, Duterte said he will not boast about his administration’s legacy in his final SONA but he will just cite government projects completed during his term.


The traditional ceremony is expected to start at 4 p.m. as the president will arrive by air or land.

Deviating from the practice of hiring celebrity directors like Brillante Mendoza and Joyce Bernal, this year's SONA will be under homegrown director Danny Abad of RTVM.

Only the state-run Presidential Broadcast Staff-Radio Television Malacañang (PBS-RTVM) will be allowed to cover the event at Batasan.

The SONA 2021 will be aired via live stream on the government's channel PTV, Presidential Communications Facebook page, and RTVM YouTube channel.

Mainstream media like ABS-CBN, GMA-7, TV5 and CNN Philippines are expected to hook up on centralized livestreaming service of RTVM for their updates and coverage.

NOTE: Stay tuned on The Summit Express for the coverage of Duterte's final SONA.

— The Summit Express


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  1. We know the projects project completed during his term. He should instead mention initiatives started during his presidency.

  2. Do they turn the cell phone or landline off around the area

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