- President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) will be held on July 22, 2019
- Heavy traffic is expected due to demonstrations that will be held on the same day
- Classes are suspended on July 22 in affected areas, though the day itself is not declared a holiday
The State of the Nation Address, or SONA, can be compared to an “annual report” made by the President of the Philippines regarding what he had accomplished in the past year and what he hopes to achieve after that. It is always held every third Monday of July and is held at the Batasang Pambansa Complex in Batasan Hills, Quezon City.
It will be President Duterte’s fourth SONA and it was mentioned in an article by Rappler that the focus of the speech may be regarding the President’s “legacy” and the things that he is working on, such as the Build, Build, Build program, and poverty alleviation.
A suspension of classes was announced beforehand for July 22, 2019, for those living in Quezon City. From a report by ABS-CBN, this is for all levels, and for both public and private schools. Quezon City mayor Joy Belmonte was the one who ordered the suspension, as heavy traffic and demonstrations against the administration would be expected on that day. Though classes would be suspended, July 22 is not declared as a holiday.
It was also reported that Duterte’s children, Sara and Baste Duterte, will not be attending this year’s SONA: Sara was mentioned to be on a special leave due to a medical condition, while Baste is said to be attending a session of the Sangguniang Panglungsod ng Davao.
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