Romualdez on VP Duterte's decision to skip Sona: It's a choice

Romualdez on VP Duterte’s decision to skip Sona: It’s a ‘prerogative’

By: - Reporter / @FArgosinoINQ
/ 06:31 PM July 11, 2024

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From left to right: President Ferdinand Marcos, Vice President Sara Duterte, and House Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez | PHOTO: AFP, FB pages of Sara Duterte and House of Representatives

MANILA, Philippines — “Every public official has the prerogative to decide on their attendance at significant events” but the State of the Nation Address (Sona) should feature “unity” among the country’s leaders, according to House Speaker Martin Romualdez.

He issued his statement after Vice President Sara Duterte announced her decision to skip the upcoming Sona of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on July 22.

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“The State of the Nation Address is a crucial moment for unity and collaboration among our nation’s leaders. It is a time to reflect on our progress, address challenges, and outline our vision for the future,” he added.

Romualdez also said the lower chamber “remains committed to working with all branches of government” to ensure that Marcos’ Sona will reflect their efforts “to improve the lives of Filipinos.”

Earlier Thursday, Duterte revealed her plan to skip the Sona in an ambush interview. She also said she appointed herself as the “designated survivor.”

A “designated survivor” is a US government official chosen to stay at a secure location during events where top leaders are gathered. It ensures continuity of government in case a catastrophic event kills or incapacitates the president, vice president, and other top officials.

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