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/ Updated as of: 04:23 PM September 28, 2023

President Bongbong Marcos Sona 2023

On July 24, President Bongbong Marcos is set to deliver his second State of the Nation Address (SONA). In this speech, he is expected to evaluate his administration’s achievements over the past year and outline what the Filipino people can expect in the upcoming years of his presidency.

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Green groups on Sona: No hard steps vs environmental issues

July 26, 2023 – 4:30AM

OUTDOOR PLAYTIME A child of a fisherman at Barangay Lazareto in City of Calapan spends her free time along the shoreline in this photo taken on Monday. The girl is unmindful of the oil spill that hit a large part of Oriental Mindoro in February, with fishers still reeling from its effects. —MADONNA T. VIROLA

OUTDOOR PLAYTIME A child of a fisherman at Barangay Lazareto in City of Calapan spends her free time along the shoreline in this photo taken on Monday. The girl is unmindful of the oil spill that hit a large part of Oriental Mindoro in February, with fishers still reeling from its effects. —MADONNA T. VIROLA

Environmental groups lamented that President Marcos’ second State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday only broached the topics of climate change, disaster response and resilience, and the so-called circular economy but failed to address major environmental issues facing the country.

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Fr. Edwin Gariguez, lead convener of the Protect Verde Island Passage (Protect VIP) movement, said they were “surprised” that the President chose not to mention the first major environmental disaster under his term—the oil spill off Oriental Mindoro in February.

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House can pass 10 bills noted in Sona before 2023 ends – Romualdez

July 25, 2023 – 9:24PM

House can pass 10 bills noted in Sona before 2023 ends – Romualdez

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The House of Representatives can approve 10 of the 17 proposed measures that President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. mentioned in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) before the year ends, Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez said in a statement on Tuesday.

Romualdez said that the House would work on the bills as these would help make the country a more conducive place for businesses that could create more jobs for Filipinos.

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‘Comprehensive, forward-looking’: Senators pleased with Marcos’ 2nd Sona

July 25, 2023 – 8:04PM

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Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri and House Speaker Martin Romualdez join President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. as he delivers his second State of the Nation Address in Batasang Pambansa, Quezon City, on Monday, July 24, 2023.

After President Bongbong Marcos delivered his second State of the Nation Address (Sona), four senators, in separate statements, praised the report by calling it “comprehensive.”

Among these lawmakers was Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri who stated that Marcos “gave a very comprehensive assessment of his first year in office.”

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Groups decry zero mention of reclamation in Bongbong Marcos’ 2nd Sona

July 25, 2023 – 1:49PM

Groups decry zero mention of reclamation in Bongbong Marcos’ 2nd Sona

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The absence of any mention in President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr’s second State of the Nation address (Sona) of reclamation projects has left groups dismayed.

Despite continuous calls from climate advocates, environmentalists, marine scientists, and fisherfolk groups to stop destructive reclamation projects in Manila Bay and other parts of the country, there was no mention of the issue in Marcos Jr.’s second Sona delivered on Monday, July 24.

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Bongbong Marcos says 2nd Sona could have been better: It was lacking

July 25, 2023 – 10:33AM

The President, however, did not specify what else he wanted to report in his second Sona in a press release issued by the Palace on Tuesday.

“Kulang pa (It was lacking),” he said. “There was so much to go through, but I think we got most in.”

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2nd Sona ‘generally peaceful and orderly,’ says PNP

July 24, 2023 – 11:30PM

2nd Sona ‘generally peaceful and orderly,’ says PNP

“People’s Sona” protesters begin marching along Commonwealth Ave. to Tandang Sora on Monday, July 24, 2023. (INQUIRER.net)

The second State of the Nation Address (Sona) of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. was generally peaceful and orderly” with no untoward incidents, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said in a statement on Monday.

All public engagements and activities nationwide, especially in the vicinity of the Batasang Pambansa Complex in Quezon City and 31 border control points within Metro Manila where protests were staged, were orderly and peaceful.

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Health workers give Marcos a ‘failed’ rating for first year in office

July 24, 2023 – 11:03

Health workers give Marcos a ‘failed’ rating for first year in office

A health worker takes a break in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo from the Facebook page of the Alliance of Health Workers)

Members of the Alliance of Health Workers (AHW) gave President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Monday a “failed” rating for his first year in office as they expressed their dismay over his “Health for All” thrust, describing it as an “empty rhetoric” and mere “hollow promises.”

“In his first Sona (State of the Nation Address), President Marcos Jr. vowed to exert all efforts to improve the welfare of our health workers but in reality, he did not take any steps to fulfill his promise,” Robert Mendoza, the AHW national president, said after the chief executive’s second State of the Nation Address (Sona) .

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Marcos wants whole-of-society approach to suppress TB, HIV/AIDS

July 24, 2023 – 10:57PM

Marcos wants whole-of-society approach to suppress TB, HIV/AIDS

A scientist manipulates Koch’s bacillus, responsible for causing tuberculosis, at the laboratory of the Center of Research on Infectious Diseases of the University Hospital Institute (IHU) Mediterranean Infection, in Marseille, on March 29, 2018. (File photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT / Agence France-Presse)

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. wants a whole-of-society approach to tackling HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.

That was part of Marcos’ second State of the Nation Address (Sona) at the Batasan Hills Complex in Quezon City.

“The whole of society must exert efforts to suppress the alarming rise of tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. To stem the tide, the strategic plan is to ensure early diagnosis and treatment, and ample testing sites and medications. Our healthcare system is undergoing structural changes,” Marcos said.

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One standing ovation, over 60 rounds of applause mark 2nd Sona

July 24, 2023 – 10:36PM

One standing ovation, over 60 rounds of applause mark 2nd Sona

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr (C) arrives to deliver his speech during the State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on July 24, 2023. (Photo by JAM STA ROSA / Agence France-Presse)

More than 60 rounds of applause and a standing ovation marked the second State of the Nation Address (Sona) of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

The one-hour and 11-minute speech on Monday, July 24,  got a total of 68 rounds of applause and only one standing ovation, which happened as Marcos ended the Sona.

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Bongbong Marcos to grant amnesty to rebel returnees

July 24, 2023 – 9:18PM

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Monday said that he will sign a proclamation to grant amnesty for rebel returnees who were involved in armed struggle.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Screenshot from RTVM

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Monday said that he will sign a proclamation granting amnesty to rebel returnees who were involved in armed struggle.

During his second State of the Nation Address (Sona), Marcos said that his administration is dedicated to implementing reintegration programs for former combatants.

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No mention of Pogo stance in President’s 2nd Sona

July 24, 2023 – 8:10PM

Despite calls from some lawmakers for the government to take a decisive stance on whether or not to ban Philippine offshore gaming operations, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. made no mention of this issue during his second State of the Nation Address on Monday.

Hours before Marcos delivered his Sona, Senate Minority Leader Koko Pimentel and Senate ways and means panel chair Sherwin Gatchalian pressed the chief of state to explain the continued existence of Pogos despite the alarming rise of crimes allegedly linked to this industry.

But in his speech that lasted for over an hour, Marcos did not once raise the issue of Pogos.

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Priority projects can now rely on Maharlika Investment Fund — Bongbong Marcos

July 24, 2023 – 7:48PM

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. delivers 2nd Sona (Screenshot from RTVM)

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. delivers 2nd Sona (Screenshot from RTVM)

The country’s priority development projects can now depend on the newly-minted Maharlika Investment Fund (MIF), President Ferdinand “Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. said during his second State of the Nation Address (Sona) Monday afternoon.

“For strategic financing, some of the nation’s high-priority projects can now look to the newly established Maharlika Investment Fund, without the added debt burden,” said Marcos during his address.

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Climate change approach to go well with economic agenda, Bongbong Marcos

July 24, 2023 – 7:22PM

President Bongbong Marcos, in his second State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday, noted the importance of climate change mitigation strategies, noting that it could build “liveable and sustainable” communities.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Screenshot from RTVM video of the President’s second State of the Nation Address

President Bongbong Marcos, in his second State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday, noted the importance of climate change mitigation strategies, noting that it could build “liveable and sustainable” communities.

“The building blocks of progressive, livable and sustainable communities will never be complete without appropriate and responsible action to mitigate and to adapt to the effects of climate change,” said Marcos in his speech on Monday.

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Romualdez says Bongbong Marcos’ message is clear: We’re doing good despite global woes

July 24, 2023 – 7:20PM

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Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. gestures after he delivers his second state of the nation address at the House of Representatives in Quezon City, Philippines on Monday, July 24, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez on Monday said that President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. delivered a clear message in his second State of the Nation Address (Sona) — the country is doing well, despite external shocks and global uncertainty.

Romualdez, in a statement said that even other countries lauded the Philippines’ efforts to ensure that it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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President’s #Sona2023: No mention of human rights abuses, ICC again – Bayan

July 24, 2023 – 6:53PM

The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) on Monday slammed President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. for his failure to mention the alleged human rights violations affecting the country, adding that it is a sign that such injustices will persist within his administration.

Bayan Secretary-General Renato Reyes. INQUIRER.net file photo / NOY MORCOSO

The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) on Monday slammed President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. for his failure to mention the alleged human rights violations affecting the country, adding that it is a sign that such injustices will persist within his administration.

“President [Marcos Jr.] in his Sona said that a ‘Bagong Pilipinas’ has arrived (dumating na). However, as with his father’s Bagong Lipunan, sorely lacking or absent in his vision for a Bagong Pilipinas is the issue of human rights,” Bayan president Renato Reyes said in a statement.

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Bongbong Marcos bats for new laws on procurement, government auditing

July 24, 2023 – 6:46PM

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Aside from a whole-of-government approach and partnering with the private sector, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has asked Congress to propose a new law on procurement and government auditing, to ensure that state agencies are able to keep up with the demands of the modern age.

Marcos, during his State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday said that the government cannot do everything on its own, noting that the country needs the help of the private sector to ensure transformative changes.

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Fishers group hits ‘non-mention of nat’l sovereignty in WPS’ in Marcos’ 2nd Sona

July 24, 2023 – 6:40PM

Central Luzon fisherfolk join SONA protests Fishers group dismayed by 'non-mention of sovereignty in WPS' in Marcos' 2nd Sona

A fisherman joins the protests staged on Monday (July 24) in time for the second state of the nation address of President Marcos. (Contributed)

Up to the very last minute, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. made no direct mention of the West Philippine Sea issue during his second State of the Nation Address at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City on Monday.

Fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) was “dismayed” by Marcos’ “non-mention of the state of our national sovereignty, particularly in the West Philippine Sea.”

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Bongbong Marcos hails BARMM progress: Former enemies are now allies in peace

July 24, 2023 – 6:24PM

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President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. delivers his second State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 24, 2023. (Screenshot from RTVM)

President Ferdinand “Bongbong”Marcos Jr., in his second State of the Nation Address (Sona) Monday afternoon cited and lauded the progress made in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

“We are proud of the progress that the BARMM has taken. It will be self-governing, progressive, and effective. But, this was made possible only because of the cooperation of all key groups. The local government, the royal families, the MNLF, and the MILF were all consulted and represented in the transition phase,” said Marcos in his speech.

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FULL SPEECH: President Bongbong Marcos Sona 2023

July 24, 2023 – 6:29PM

Marcos urges Congress to reform tax system in the country

July 24, 2023 – 5:46PM

Marcos urges Congress to reform tax system in the country

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. delivers his second State of the Nation Address.

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. urged Congress to pass laws that are aimed at amending taxation in the country.

He made this request during his second State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday.

The Chief Executive explained these measures are needed to be passed to make the country progressive.

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Marcos echoes ‘unity’ sound bite in Sona: It’s key to PH recovery

July 24, 2023 – 5:41PM

Once again, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. maintained that unity — his rallying call during the 2022 national election campaign season — was the reason behind the country’s fast economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Marcos, in the latter part of his State of the Nation Address (Sona) speech on Monday, said that the progress the country registered during his first day in office was not the work of a single person or a few government offices.

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Bongbong Marcos vows release of healthcare workers’ COVID-19 allowance

July 24, 2023 – 5:04PM

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. vowed the release of the COVID-19 health emergency allowance of healthcare workers (HCWs) who labored during the pandemic. 

Healthcare workers are visiting remote areas, including Aeta communities, in Zambales province to vaccinate more residents against COVID-19. INQUIRER file photo / Joanna Rose Aglibot

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. vowed the release of the COVID-19 health emergency allowance of healthcare workers (HCWs) who labored during the pandemic.

During his second State of the Nation Address (Sona), Marcos said that he wanted to support the country’s HCWs.

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Marcos vows 100% electrification by end of term

July 24, 2023 – 4:48PM

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. vowed 100 percent electrification by the end of his term during his second State of the Nation of Address (Sona).

Marcos said that his administration was able to open eight additional power plants within the past year, which increased energy production by 1174 megawatts.

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‘Pandaraya’: Marcos’ describes agri smugglers’ greed and operation

July 24, 2023 – 4:39PM

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. vowed to go after agricultural smugglers and hoarders, labeling them as cheaters who take advantage of farmers and consumers.

During his State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday, Marcos discussed the topic of smuggling, identifying it as a factor in the rise of prices of basic commodities and goods.

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Bongbong Marcos: Inflation is the biggest problem that PH enncountered

July 24, 2023 – 4:33PM

Bongbong Marcos: Inflation is the biggest problem that PH enncountered

Screenshot from RTVM

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. opened his second State of the Nation Address (Sona) by pointing to the biggest challenge he thought the country faced: Inflation.

“Last year, we emphasized certain headwinds confronting us, along with the rest of the world, in our post-pandemic economic recovery, and the biggest problem we encountered was inflation,” said the President.

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Roman: Marcos unlikely to certify SOGIE bill as urgent

July 24, 2023 – 4:27PM

The LGBTQ+ group Bahaghari pushes for the enactment of the Sogie bill.

The LGBTQ+ group Bahaghari pushes for the enactment of the Sogie bill. —GRIG C.MONTEGRANDE

Bataan First District Rep. Geraldine Roman said Monday she does not anticipate President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. will certify the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression (SOGIE) equality bill as urgent.

Roman, who didn’t elaborate on her reasoning, made the comment during her red carpet appearance at Marcos’ second State of the Nation Address (Sona). She did note that Marcos had already met with the LGBT community during Pride Month in June.

“I don’t think so,” Roman told INQUIRER.net when asked about the likelihood of the SOGIE bill’s urgent certification by the President.

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‘State of No Action:’ Group says still no action on mining-affected communities

July 24, 2023 – 4:19PM

An environmental advocacy group on Monday lamented that mining-affected communities are still awaiting “decisive actions” from President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s administration despite their demands.

NO TO MINING Environmental activists protest in front of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources headquarters in Quezon City to oppose the continued mining operations on Sibuyan Island in Romblon. INQUIRER file photo / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

An environmental advocacy group on Monday lamented that mining-affected communities are still awaiting “decisive actions” from President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s administration despite their demands.

In light of Marcos’ State of the Nation address, the group Alyansa Contra Mina said Marcos and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Toni Yulo-Loyzaga “have not acted on the demands of mining-affected communities” particularly the residents of Sibuyan Island in Romblon and Brooke’s Point in Palawan.

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Bongbong Marcos administration was ‘too chill’ on first year in office — Hontiveros

July 24, 2023 – 4:15PM

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President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. (Screenshot from RTVM)

Opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros is not setting high expectations for the second State of the Nation Address of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Monday, saying the incumbent administration might have been “too chill” during its first year in office.

Asked what she expects to hear in Marcos’ second Sona, Hontiveros said: “Unfortunately, not much.”

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PNP, DND: Lower crime rate, ‘strengthened’ nat’l security among milestones of Marcos’ 1st year

July 24, 2023 – 3:56PM

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Benjamin Acorda and National Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro said among the key milestones of President Bongbong Marcos’ first year in office include the decline in the country’s crime rate and its strengthened national security.

In an ambush interview at the Batasang Pambansa, Acorda said Marcos could cite in his second State of the Nation Address (Sona) the country’s declining crime rate.

“With regards to the crime rate, talagang bumababa ang crime rate [sa bansa]. Talagang nagsusumikap ang ating mga kapulisan. Sana tuloy-tuloy ang sinasabi kong pagtutulungan,” Acorda told reporters.

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Bongbong Marcos arrives at Batasang Pambansa for 2nd Sona

July 24, 2023 – 3:35PM

Sona report card: Hits, misses from Bongbong Marcos’ 2022 promises

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President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. touched down at the Batasang Pambansa Complex in Quezon City Monday afternoon to deliver his second State of the Nation Address (Sona).

Arriving by presidential helicopter, Marcos is scheduled to address the nation at 4 p.m.

The President said he views the Sona as a straightforward progress report to update the public on his administration’s accomplishments and areas for improvement.

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MMDA sets up first aid stations near Batasang Pambansa Complex for Sona 2023

July 24, 2023 – 3:36PM

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Monday set up a first aid station accessible to the public near the Batasang Pambansa Complex in preparation for the upcoming second State of the Nation Address (Sona) of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

Protesters march along Commonwealth Ave. to Tandang Sora in Quezon City on Monday, July 24, for President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s second State of the Nation Address. INQUIRER.net / Zacarian Sarao

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Monday set up a first aid station accessible to the public near the Batasang Pambansa Complex in preparation for the upcoming second State of the Nation Address (Sona) of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

In a Twitter post, MMDA said the Road Emergency Group and Metropolitan Public Safety Office personnel will be dispatched along Commonwealth Ave. for emergencies.

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‘People’s Sona’ crowd estimate at 10,000 so far — Bayan

July 24, 2023 – 1:50 PM

Protesters arrive in Tandang Sora in front of St. Peter Chapel as part of the 'People’s Sona' march on Monday, July 24.

Protesters arrive in Tandang Sora in front of St. Peter Chapel as part of the ‘People’s Sona’ march on Monday, July 24. (Photo by Zacarian Sarao)

MANILA, Philippines — An estimated 10,000 individuals in Metro Manila joined the protests against President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s State of the nation address (Sona), said Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) on Monday.

Bayan secretary-general Mong Palatino told INQUIRER.net that the said total so far covers all protesters who participated in the march, as well as those who joined early morning activities.

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Solon hopes Marcos will include Mindanao railway plan in his 2nd Sona

July 24, 2023 – 1:36 PM

Sona report card: Hits, misses from Bongbong Marcos’ 2022 promises

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (File photo)

MANILA, Philippines — Cagayan de Oro 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez hopes President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will talk about the Mindanao Railway Project in his second State of the Nation Address (Sona).

In a statement on Monday, just hours before Marcos is set to deliver his speech, Rodriguez expressed optimism the President would renew his commitment to the project.

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Amnesty for ex-Moro rebels is Bangsamoro’s wish during President’s SONA

July 24, 2023 – 1:32 PM

Amnesty for ex-Moro rebels is Bangsamoro’s wish during President’s SONA

Moro Islamic Liberation Front. AFP FILE PHOTO

KORONADAL CITY — Some members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) expressed their wish on President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.,’s second state of the nation address (SONA) on July 24 that former members of Moro rebel groups, who signed peace deals with the government, be given blanket amnesty.

BTA Parliament Deputy Floor Leader Mary Ann Arnado said the granting of blanket amnesty would not only give the former Moro rebels a new lease on life but would also be in keeping with the administration’s call for unity while protecting the gains of the peace process.

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Bongbong Marcos’ 2nd Sona speech around 1 hour 25 minutes — Rep. Sandro Marcos

July 24, 2023 – 1:29 PM

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MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is expected to deliver a speech lasting an hour and 25 minutes for his second State of the Nation address (Sona) on Monday afternoon, according to his son, Ilocos Norte 1st District Rep. Sandro Marcos.

The representative said that the initial draft of the speech was much longer and had to be trimmed down.

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Imelda Marcos might not attend Sona 2023, says Senator Imee

July 24, 2023 – 1:07 PM

Imelda Marcos might not attend Sona 2023, says Senator Imee

Former First Lady Imelda Marcos (FIle photo)

MANILA, Philippines — Former First Lady Imelda Marcos might not attend the second State of the Nation Address (Sona) of her only son President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Monday.

This information came from Presidential sister, Senator Imee Marcos, in an ambush interview a few minutes before the Senate opened the second regular session of the 19th Congress.

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Protesters march in Quezon City for their own Sona

July 24, 2023 – 11:41 AM

Protesters march in Quezon City for their own Sona

People’s Sona protesters march along Commonwealth Avenue to Tandang Sora in Quezon City on Monday, July 24, 2023.

MANILA, Philippines — Protesters have begun marching along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City, ahead of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s second State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday.

Dozens of groups earlier gathered in front of technoHub in the same area to stage what they dubbed the “People’s Sona.”

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Rodrigo Duterte to skip Marcos’ 2nd Sona, says Go

July 24, 2023 – 10:41 AM

Rodrigo Duterte to skip Marcos’ 2nd Sona, says Go

President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo from an RTVM/FACEBOOK

MANILA, Philippines — Former President Rodrigo Duterte will skip the second State of the Nation Address (Sona) of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Monday, said Senator Bong Go.

House of Representatives Secretary General Reginald Velasco had earlier said Duterte was among the confirmed special guests who will personally listen to Marcos’ Sona at Batasang Pambansa.

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LOOK: Protesters gather for People’s Sona

July 24, 2023 – 09:31 AM

LOOK: Protesters gather for People’s Sona

MANILA, Philippines — Protesters on Monday gathered along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City on Monday, hours before President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. delivers his second State of the Nation Address (Sona).

Around 9:00 a.m., members of progressive groups, including Bayan, Karapatan, Anakbayan, among others, converged along the northbound of Commonwealth Avenue in front of technoHub to take part in the Sona protests, dubbed as the People’s Sona.

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Present ‘battle plan’ for nation in Sona, lawmakers tell Marcos

July 24, 2023 – 05:40 AM

Present ‘battle plan’ for nation in Sona, lawmakers tell Marcos

President Fernand R. Marcos Jr. (Photo from Malacañang)

MANILA, Philippines — Lawmakers said they expect President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to present a forward-looking State of the Nation Address (Sona), focusing on a “road map” and “battle plan” for the country’s development and rallying the Filipino people for “what they hope to achieve.”

The Presidential Communications Office (PCO) has yet to bare details on what Marcos will take up in his report to the nation today, unlike in previous administrations when government spokespersons informed the public a few days ahead on the topics to be covered, how long the speech would take, who wrote or contributed to it, and whether it will be delivered in English or Filipino.

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Bayan will lead ‘People’s Sona’ ahead of Marcos’ address

July 24, 2023 – 05:05 AM

Bayan will lead ‘People’s Sona’ ahead of Marcos’ address

SECURING SONA | Members of the Manila Police District Civil Disturbance Management hold their final rehearsal at their headquarters in Manila for the second State of the Nation Address (Sona) of President Marcos on Monday, July 24, 2023. (Photo by NIÑO JESUS ORBETA / Philippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines — From trying to set himself apart from his predecessor and his late dictator father to trying to revive their family’s “Bagong Lipunan” mythos, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s efforts at image building serve both to consolidate their power and to mask the true state of the nation: economic decline and impunity.

This was the view of activist Renato Reyes, whose group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) is set to stage various protests across the metropolis as Marcos delivers his second State of the Nation Address (Sona).

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Senators want economic, security, environmental, other key issues tackled in Sona 2023

July 23, 2023 – 08:22 PM

Sona report card: Hits, misses from Bongbong Marcos’ 2022 promises

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Several senators are expecting a realistic report on the current administration’s achievements, struggles, stand on specific social issues, and progress in its initiatives when President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr, delivers his second State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday, July 24.

In a statement on Sunday, Senator Jinggoy Estrada said that he is looking forward to hearing Marcos’ plans for “job creation, poverty reduction, measures to stimulate economic growth, and matters concerning security threats, particularly on the issue of China’s aggressive actions within the West Philippine Sea.”

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PCG on heightened alert on July 24 due to Sona, looming threat of Egay

July 23, 2023 – 4:23 PM

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in several parts of Luzon will be on heightened alert in preparation for President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s second State of the Nation Address (Sona) on July 24 and the looming threat of severe tropical storm Egay (international name: Doksuri).

In a statement issued on Sunday, PCG said that the heightened alert status would start on Monday in the National Capital Region (NCR); Central, Northeastern, and Northwestern Luzon; Southern Tagalog; and Bicol Region.

“Mananatiling naka-heightened alert ang mga PCG districts, stations, at sub-stations sa mga nabanggit na rehiyon hanggang sa tuluyang humupa ang sama ng panahon,” PCG said.

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House of Representatives all set for Bongbong Marcos’ 2nd Sona — Speaker Romualdez

July 23, 2023 – 3:00 PM

Newly elected House Speaker Martin Romualdez of Leyte has assured his constituents that he will try his best to be fair and ensure the "equitable distribution of resources" to all regions of the country.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. delivers his first State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 25, 2022, at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City.  (Screengrab from RTVM)

MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives is all set for President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s second State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday, July 24.

In a statement issued on Sunday, Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez said he expects this year’s Sona to be no different, as he echoed Secretary General Reginald Velasco’s remark that it’s “all systems go” in the lower chamber  tomorrow.

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MMDA suspends number coding on Sona day, July 24

July 23, 2023 – 1:38 PM

The MMDA releases its traffic management plan, including alternative routes, for the second SONA of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on July 24.

MMDA. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will temporarily lift the expanded number coding scheme on Monday in line with the State of the Nation Address (Sona) of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

In an advisory posted on Saturday evening, the MMDA announced the suspension scheduled on July 24.

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Sona report card: Hits, misses from Bongbong Marcos’ 2022 promises

July 23, 2023 – 1:28 PM

Sona report card: Hits, misses from Bongbong Marcos’ 2022 promises

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MANILA, Philippines —In President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s first State of the Nation Address (Sona) in 2022, he declared that the country is in good hands, promising reforms in the economy, agriculture, health and other sectors.

With the President set to deliver his second Sona on July 24, INQUIRER.net checked several of the promises that Marcos made in his first Sona and the status of these.

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Opposition bares Sona wish list

July 23, 2023 – 5:34 AM

Opposition bares Sona wish list

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III. (File photo from the Senate Public Relations and Information Bureau)

MANILA, Philippines — Ahead of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s second State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday, Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel III sought an explanation of what the government intends to do with the prices, unemployment, and corruption.

In a statement on Saturday, Pimentel said Filipinos deserve the “unfiltered truth” during Marcos’ address with “no room for sugarcoating or glossing over the harsh realities facing the entire nation.”

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Classes, gov’t work in NCR suspended on Sona day due to Egay, transport strike

July 22, 2023 – 3:55 PM

MANILA, Philippines — President Bongbong Marcos has greenlighted the suspension of classes and work in the National Capital Region on Monday, July 24, in light of the 72-hour transport strike coinciding with the President’s State of the Nation Address (Sona), as well as the inclement weather that tropical storm Egay may bring.

“In view of the forecasted inclement weather brought about by Egay and the scheduled 72-hour transport strike in Metro Manila, work in government offices and classes in public schools at all levels in the National Capital Region are hereby suspended on 24 July 2023,” a memorandum circular signed by Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin stated.

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Pimentel to Bongbong Marcos: Filipinos deserve ‘unfiltered truth’ in 2nd Sona

July 22, 2023 – 2:25 PM

Some errors mar the Maharlika Investment Fund Bill even as it had secured the final approval of Congress. 

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III s (PRIB file photo / Joseph B. Vidal)

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III on Saturday urged President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to discuss the situation of the country during his second State of the Nation address on a “household” level since the Filipino people deserve “unfiltered truth.”

Pimentel, in a statement on Saturday, pointed out that Marcos’ speech should focus on microeconomic matters which directly concern ordinary Filipinos.

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Work in lower QC courts to dismiss early for Marcos’ Sona

July 22, 2023 – 12:27 PM

Leni Robredo to skip Sona; Rodrigo Duterte, VP Sara Duterte set to attend early dismissal courts dismiss work

READY FOR SONA Workers rush to install new chairs at the session hall of the House of Representatives ahead of President Marcos’ second State of the Nation Address on July 24. —MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Court Administrator of the Supreme Court ordered the early dismissal of work in all Quezon City lower courts on July 24 (Monday), the day of President Bongbong Marcos’ second State of the Nation Address (Sona).

In a memorandum signed by Court Administrator Raul Villanueva, the office stated that the early dismissal was ordered in anticipation of the heavy traffic, among other things, that may transpire at the Halls of Justice in Quezon City due to the Sona.

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Groups hope education, wages figure high in President’s 2nd Sona

July 22, 2023 – 5:32 AM

‘DOBLE KARA’ Activists fromthe group Bagong AlyansangMakabayan (Bayan) on Friday prepare an art piece lampooning the “Bagong Pilipinas” governance campaign and slogan unveiled by the Marcos administration last week. The piece, depicting a coin and titled “Doble Kara” (two-faced), is expected to be paraded—and likely burned—as part ofMonday’s protest actions greeting the President’s second State of the Nation Address at Batasang Pambansa inQuezon City. —NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

‘DOBLE KARA’ Activists from the group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) on Friday prepare an art piece lampooning the “Bagong Pilipinas” governance campaign and slogan unveiled by the Marcos administration last week. The piece, depicting a coin and titled “Doble Kara” (two-faced), is expected to be paraded—and likely burned—as part of Monday’s protest actions greeting the President’s second State of the Nation Address at Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City. —NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

Advocacy groups are pressing President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to prioritize urgent labor and education issues in his second State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday.

According to the Philippine Business for Education (PBEd), the country was confronted with a “learning crisis” that will require the Marcos administration to implement key policy measures to fill in the gaps.

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Pagasa advises gov’t: Prepare for short, strong thunderstorms during Monday’s Sona

July 22, 2023 – 12:27 AM

State meteorologists have urged people involved in the preparation of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s second State of the Nation Address  (Sona) on Monday to be ready for inclement weather, as Metro Manila may experience short but strong bursts of thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Pagasa weather update

MANILA, Philippines — State meteorologists have urged people involved in the preparation of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s second State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday to be ready for inclement weather, as Metro Manila may experience short but strong bursts of thunderstorms in the afternoon.

During Friday’s briefing of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), Weather Services Chief Juanito Galang explained that while Tropical Depression Egay would not have a direct effect on Metro Manila, it may intensify the southwest monsoon and cause thunderstorms by afternoon.

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PNP receives new drones for Sona 2023 monitoring 

July 21, 2023 – 9:48 PM

PNP receives new drones for Sona 2023 monitoring 

FILE PHOTO: Philippine National Police

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday received new drones which will be used to monitor and secure the 2nd State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Monday.

The ceremonial turnover of the drones was held at PNP headquarters at Camp Crame in Quezon City.

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Egay may become a super typhoon by Monday, threatening Sona – Pagasa

July 21, 2023 – 12:50PM

Overcast skies and scattered rain showers will prevail in Mimaropa and Western Visayas this Friday, July 21, 2023, due to the southwest monsoon.

Pagasa monitors the potential cyclone within the Philippine area of responsibility. The low-pressure area was located 950 kilometers east of Southeastern Luzon, based on the state weather bureau’s 4 a.m., July 21, 2023 bulletin. (Satellite image from Pagasa’s website)

The low-pressure area (LPA) monitored by the state weather bureau east of Southeastern Luzon has now developed into Tropical Depression Egay.

Egay is the fifth tropical cyclone to hit the Philippines in 2023 and the second in July.

A super typhoon may develop from Tropical Depression Egay by Monday, July 24, forecasters said.

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Bongbong Marcos will fly to Malaysia a day after 2nd Sona — DFA

July 21m 2023 – 11:37AM

Marcos will fly to Malaysia a day after 2nd Sona - DFA

FILE – President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (Screencap from RTVM)

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is set to visit Malaysia the day after his second State of the Nation Address (Sona).

Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesperson Teresita Daza said on Friday that Marcos had been invited by Malaysian King Al-Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah on a state visit.

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Leni Robredo to skip Sona; Rodrigo Duterte, VP Sara Duterte set to attend

July 19, 2023 – 4:09PM

MANILA, Philippines — Former president Rodrigo Duterte and his daughter, Vice President Sara Duterte, have confirmed their attendance at President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s second State of the Nation Address (Sona).

Leni Robredo, the former vice president, however, declined the invitation, according to House of Representatives Secretary General Reginald Velasco, who announced Wednesday that the event would draw over 2,000 attendees.

In an ambush interview with reporters, Velasco said that their guest list is nearly finalized, adding that the House is ready to hold the Sona even if it takes place this Thursday.

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Bongbong Marcos 2nd SONA: MMDA releases traffic plan, alternative routes

July 19, 2023 – 10:02AM

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Wednesday released its traffic management plan, including alternative routes, for the second State of the Nation Address (Sona) of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on July 24.

MMDA acting chair Don Artes said that 1,354 personnel would be assigned to manage vehicular and pedestrian traffic; assist in emergency response; conduct road and sidewalk clearing operations; assist in crowd control; traffic monitoring; and support the operations of the Task Force in ensuring a peaceful and orderly Sona.

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2023 Sona protest actions will be bigger than previous year, activists vow

July 18, 2023 – 6:33 PM

2023 Sona protest actions will be bigger than previous year, activists assure

Members of progressive groups vow to hold a bigger protest action this year — second State of the Nation Address of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. — bigger than last year as seen in this file photo taken in July 25, 2022. File photo

MANILA, Philippines — The protest movements lined up to counter President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s second State of the Nation Address (Sona) will be bigger than the one held in 2022, activists said on Tuesday.

According to former lawmaker and Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) secretary general Mong Palatino, the Sona protests along Commonwealth Avenue — dubbed as the People’s Sona — will continue even if it rains on Monday.

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Bongbong Marcos 2nd Sona: No classes in QC on July 24 – Belmonte

July 18, 2023 – 1:18 PM

Mayor Joy Belmonte on Tuesday announced that classes in Quezon City are suspended on July 24 to give way to the second State of the Nation Address (Sona) of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

Belmonte issued Executive Order No. 23, declaring no classes for students at all levels in all public and private schools in the city.

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Marcos’ 2nd Sona to highlight ‘significant progress’

July 18, 2023 – 5:35 AM

Marcos’ 2nd Sona to highlight ‘significant progress’

READY FOR SONA | Workers rush to install new chairs at the session hall of the House of Representatives ahead of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s second State of the Nation Address on July 24. (Photo by MARIANNE BERMUDEZ / Philippine Daily Inquirer)

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Monday said his second State of the Nation Address (Sona) next week will be a “very simple” performance report to the Filipino people, listing what has been his “significant progress” and what more needs to be done.

“It’s really very simple. It’s just a performance report for Filipinos [for them] to see — with the numerous pronouncements and numerous utterances—if these were really meaningful or were just words,” the president said in a brief media interview at the sidelines of the distribution of government assistance in Pampanga.

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Bongbong Marcos on Sona 2023: A simple performance report to the people

July 17, 2023 – 6:35 PM

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. delivers his first State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 25, 2022, at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City. Screengrab from RTVM

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. delivers his first State of the Nation Address on July 25, 2022, at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City. (Screengrab from RTVM)

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Monday said that he is expecting a “very simple” second State of the Nation Address (Sona).

“It’s really very simple. It’s just a performance report for Filipinos to see sa dami ng mga pronouncements, sa dami ng mga salita, kung ito ba ay talagang may kabuluhan o salita lamang,” said Marcos in an ambush interview.

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Sona preparations already at 95%, says House SecGen

July 17, 2023 – 5:55 PM

Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in his first SONA second pnp paul soriano preparations

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. delivers his first State of the Nation address at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on July 25, 2022. (Photo by JAM STA ROSA / POOL / AFP)

Preparations are nearly complete a week before President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s second State of the Nation Address (Sona), according to House Secretary General Reginald Velasco.

Velasco, in an ambush interview Monday, told reporters that they are only waiting for the final guest list, which he hopes would be forwarded to them within the day.

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RTVM to direct Bongbong Marcos’ 2nd Sona — House official

July 17, 2023 – 4:04 PM

Newly elected House Speaker Martin Romualdez of Leyte has assured his constituents that he will try his best to be fair and ensure the "equitable distribution of resources" to all regions of the country.

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. delivers his first State of the Nation Address on July 25, 2022, at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City. Behind the President are Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri and House Speaker Martin Romualdez. (Screengrab from RTVM)

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s second State of the Nation Address (Sona) will now be directed by the Radio Television Malacañang (RTVM), House of Representatives Secretary General Reginald Velasco said on Monday.

In an interview before the walkthrough for the Sona preparations at the House of Representatives, Velasco said the information was from the Office of the President (OP) and the Presidential Communications Office (PCO).

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Transport groups set strike on Sona day

July 13, 2023 – 5:12AM

Several transport groups are planning to stage a three-day transport strike to coincide with President Marcos’ second State of the Nation Address (Sona). Mar Valbuena, national president of the transport group Manibela, said they will hold their strike from July 24 to 26….

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Poe hopes President discusses West PH Sea issue in 2nd SONA

July 12, 2023 – 6:53PM

enator Grace Poe hopes the West Philippine Sea (WPS) concerns would be part of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s second State of the Nation Address (SONA), saying that it is highly plausible since the Chief Executive talked about it last year.

Sen. Grace Poe presided over a Senate inquiry in this file photo taken on April 12, 2023. Senate PRIB file photo / Voltaire F. Domingo

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Grace Poe hopes the West Philippine Sea (WPS) concerns would be part of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s second State of the Nation Address (SONA), saying that it is highly plausible since the Chief Executive talked about it last year.

During the Kapihan sa Senado on Wednesday, Poe said that it would be nice to know what kind of cooperation was done to defend the country’s territorial waters under Marcos’ first year in office.

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PNP to enforce gun ban in NCR, 2 other regions for Sona 2023

July 12, 2023 – 04:12 PM

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FILE PHOTO: Philippine National Police

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday said that it would enforce a 24-hour gun ban in the National Capital Region and two other regions to ensure the safety of the public during the second State of the Nation Address (Sona) of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on July 24.

PNP spokesperson Police Col. Jean Fajardo told INQUIRER.net that the gun ban would be imposed in NCR and Regions 3 (Central Luzon) and 4A (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon).

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Maharlika bill scheduled for signing July 18 — Zubiri

July 12, 2023 – 03:55 PM

Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri on Wednesday said the controversial Maharlika Investment Fund, along with the Estate Tax Amnesty Extension, will be signed by President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. before his second State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Senate President Juan Miguel “Migz” F. Zubiri during the “Kapihan sa Senado” forum on June 29, 2023. Photo from the Office of the Senate President and Senate PRIB

MANILA, Philippines — Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri on Wednesday said the controversial Maharlika Investment Fund, along with the Estate Tax Amnesty Extension, will be signed by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. before his second State of the Nation Address (SONA).

In a text message, Zubiri told INQUIRER.net that the two bills would be signed into law on July 18 — days ahead of Marcos’ scheduled SONA on July 24.

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PNP ‘almost 100% ready’ for Bongbong Marcos’ second Sona

July 11, 2023 – 02:19 PM

PNP ‘almost 100% ready’ for Bongbong Marcos’ second Sona

(File photo of police involved in Sona activities taken on July 23, 2013)

MANILA, Philippines — The security plan of Philippine National Police (PNP) for President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s second State of the National Address (Sona) on July 24 is nearly 100 percent ready.

PNP public information office chief Brigadier General Redrico Maranan said this was the report he received from the regional director of National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).

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PNP to deploy 23,000 cops for Sona

July 11, 2023 – 04:45 AM

PNP to deploy 23,000 cops for Sona

PNP Headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City. (Photo from the PNP Facebook page)

The Philippine National Police is in the final stages of its security preparations for President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s second State of the National Address (Sona) on July 24.

Gen. Benjamin Acorda Jr., chief of the PNP, on Monday said police officials have already conducted a series of meetings to make sure that “all things are considered” for the Sona preparations.

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Maharlika bill up for Marcos signature; 19 bills on Sona ‘wish list’ pending

July 6, 2023 – 05:34 AM

Maharlika bill up for Marcos signature; 19 bills on Sona ‘wish list’ pending

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. delivers his message during the PAF’s 76th Founding Anniversary Celebration at Clark Air Base in Mabalacat, Pampanga. (Photo from the Philippine Air Force)

Congress has delivered to President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. his pet Maharlika Investment Fund (MIF) bill ahead of his second State of the Nation Address (Sona) on July 24 but failed to pass any of the 19 priority measures he had sought from lawmakers during his first Sona last year.

The enrolled copy of the proposed Maharlika Investment Fund Act of 2023 was received by the Office of the Deputy Secretary for Legal Affairs (Odesla) on Tuesday, Presidential Communications Secretary Cheloy Velicaria Garafil said.

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House expects ‘nearly back to normal’ Sona 2023; Paul Soriano back as director

July 4, 2023 – 04:43 PM

Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in his first SONA second pnp paul soriano

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. delivers his first State of the Nation address at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on July 25, 2022. (Photo by JAM STA ROSA / POOL / AFP)

MANILA, Philippines — The upcoming State of the Nation Address (Sona) of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. would be “nearly back to normal,” as the House of Representatives anticipates more attendees than last year.

According to House Secretary General Reginald Velasco, they expect the plenary’s 1,700 to 2,000 seating capacity to be filled up, and they also assured attendees there would be contingency measures especially since around 400 seats were removed when the House remodeled the plenary.

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House drops COVID-19 protocols for vaccinated guests of Marcos’ Sona

July 4, 2023 – 03:47 PM

House drops COVID-19 protocols for vaccinated guests of Marcos' Sona.

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos delivers his State of the Nation Address in July 2022. (Screengrab from RTVM live streaming)

MANILA, Philippines — Guests at the second State of the Nation Address (Sona) of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, will no longer be asked to undergo health protocols like testing.

House Secretary General Reginald Velasco made the announcement on Tuesday.

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Proposed P5.768-T 2024 budget nearly done, may be submitted days after Sona — Pangandaman

June 21, 2023 – 12:38 PM

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has clarified that specialty hospitals under the Department of Health (DOH) did not suffer budget cuts, as allocations under the 2023 National Expenditures Program (NEP) were either similar or higher if compared to the proposed 2022 budget.

The P5.768 trillion proposed national budget for 2024 just needs to be presented to the Cabinet officials on Thursday, June 22, before the final approval, Budget Secretary Amenah Pangandaman said on Wednesday.

Pangandaman, at the Kapihan sa Manila Bay forum, said that they had already shown the budget to President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Tuesday, while the Cabinet officials can have their chance to look and check the proposal by Thursday afternoon.

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No fly zone over Batasan complex on Marcos Jr.’s 2nd Sona — NCRPO

June 16, 2023 – 04:02 PM

House of Representatives building

House of Representatives. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — The vicinity of the Batasang Pambansa complex in Quezon City is declared a no-fly zone on President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s State of the Nation Address (Sona), the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said on Friday.

NCRPO director Maj. Gen. Edgar Alan Okubo, in a statement, said that aircraft and drones are not allowed over the Batasang Pambans on July 24, when Marcos delivers his second Sona.

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Police to exercise maximum tolerance during Sona

June 7, 2023 – 05:15 AM

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Image from Facebook / PNP

Police will exercise maximum tolerance for those who will stage protests during President Marcos’ second State of the Nation Address (Sona) on July 24, Philippine National Police chief Gen. Benjamin Acorda Jr. assured.

While Acorda did not yet disclose the number of police personnel to be deployed as part of Sona security, he said it would just be enough to secure the annual event.

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Sona 2023: NCRPO will enforce gun ban, deploy over 22,000 cops

June 6, 2023 – 11:16 PM

NCRPO building main entrance STORY: Sona 2023: NCRPO will enforce gun ban, deploy over 22,000 cops

The National Capital Region Police Office (Photo from the NCRPO Public Information Office)

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) will enforce a gun ban and deploy over 20,000 police officers for the second State of the Nation Address (Sona) of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. this July.

The officers — totaling 22,081 cops — will be posted in the vicinity of the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City, where the president will deliver his Sona, and 31 border control points within Metro Manila,  Maj. Gen. Edgar Alan Okubo, NCRPO chief, said in a statement on Monday.

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LEDAC bills to be tackled during SONA week – Salceda

June 1, 2023 – 04:35 PM

The House of Representatives is on a “working break,” but bicameral conferences are expected to be held for priority bills during the week of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) .

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos delivers his first State of the Nation Address on July 25, 2022. (Screengrab from RTVM live streaming)

MANILA, Philippines —  The House of Representatives is on a “working break,” but bicameral conferences are expected to be held for priority bills during the week of the State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda gave this schedule on Thursday.

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