Duterte’s 1st Sona ‘generally peaceful’—AFP
President Rodrigo Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday was “generally peaceful” and the “supportive” rallyists played a huge part, the military said.
“There was not serious threat monitored and the cooperation of ‘supportive’ rallyists was a big factor in the successful outcome of the Sona security coverage,” Armed Forces spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said.
This year’s Sona was different from previous years as this was the first time that militants were allowed to get closer to Batasang Pambansa.
“If every occasion for SONA can be done this way where cooperation and dialogue becomes the norm, then violent confrontations and dispersals will become a thing of the past,” Padilla said. RAM