President Duterte Wants SONA To End In Just 50 Minutes Only, Malacañang Official Says

Malacañang Official: Duterte Wants SONA To End Not More Than 50 Minutes

An official of the Malacañang Palace said that President Rodrigo Duterte wanted his State of the Nation Address (SONA) to end in just 50 minutes only.

The State of the Nation Address (SONA) is an annual address of Philippine President to a joint session of the country’s Congress. The 1987 Constitution mandated that the speech should be delivered at the Plenary Hall of the Batasang Pambansang Complex in Batasan Hills, Quezon City, Metro Manila every fourth Monday of July.

Last year, President Duterte delivered his first ever SONA, which last for 100-minute long. His speech was delivered in English and punctuated by ad-libs in Filipino and Bisaya, because he went off-script in his first SONA.


On Thursday (July 20, 2017), President Duterte has already started to rehearse his second State of the Nation Address in Davao City, according to Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar.

Andanar also said that the president has already written his speech between 15 to 18 pages and he wanted to end it in less than 50 minutes.

“The President said he does not want his “Written Speech” to go beyond 40 or 50 minutes. He wants it direct to the point. I’m estimating the final draft to be between 15 and 18 pages,” said by Andanar quoted by GMA.


The second SONA of Mr. Duterte carries the theme of “A Comfortable Life for all,” which is written also in English.  Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said that he would determine how long would be the speech of the president will last.

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