The Philippine Constitution, the highest law of the land, says that the
President of the Philippines shall address the congress at the opening of
its regular session. This is usually known as SONA or The State of the
He may also appear before it at any other time.
Although couched in mandatory language, the first sentence of the cited
constitutional provision does not, as a rule, impose a compellable duty
on the President.
The President of the Philippines usually discharges the informing power
through the state of the nation address, which is delivered at the opening
of the regular session of the legislature.
The President during SONA reports on the status of the country, unveils the
government’s agenda for the coming year and proposes to congress certain
The State of the Nation Address is an avenue for the President to present
his legislative agenda to both houses of congress.
The congress of the Philippines convene once every year on the 4th Monday
of July for its regular session until 30 days before the opening of the
next regular session.
Every 4th Monday of July, The President of the Philippines delivers the
State Of The Nation Address, which contains his proposals for legislation.
Through this speech, he can influence the course of legislation that congress
can take during the regular session.
This year’s State Of The Nation Address will take place on July 23,1018.
Remember that the State Of The Nation Address takes place every 4th Monday of July of every year.
This will be President Rodrigo Duterte’s 3rd State Of The Nation Address.
Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is also expected to attend the SONA,
being a Pampanga House Representative.
Former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III will not attend. Aquino has not
attended the annual SONA of his successor since he left the office.
Meanwhile, former Senate presidents Juan Ponce Enrile, Aquilino Pimentel Jr.,
and Manny Villar, as well as former House Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr. will
also attend Duterte’s upcoming SONA.