Expect an inspiring and tear-jerking speech on President Duterte’s 1st SONA – Malacañang

  • President Duterte’s speech for his first SONA was so inspiring it made Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar cry
  • Andanar said the speech will awaken every Filipino’s patriotic spirit
  • In his SONA, Duterte will tackle his legislative agenda, several policies on peace and order, and reforms on transportation problems

President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver a very poignant and inspiring speech on his first ever State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 25.

It was so inspiring that it made Duterte’s Communications Secretary cry. According to Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, the speech — which was personally written by the President himself — was so powerful, it made him cry, as per an article published by Inquirer.

“When I read the speech, ayaw ko pong mag-exaggerate pero [I don’t want to exaggerate but] the first time I read the speech, it made me cry,” Andanar revealed.

He added: “Ganoon po kaganda, ganoon po ka makabagbag-damdamin iyong speech ng Pangulo natin.”

[The President’s speech is that beautiful and heart-rending.]

“It’s a call to unity, a call to rise to the occasion, a call to be more positive about the country, a call to make this nation great once more. In fact, once you listen to this speech, it will awaken the patriotic spirit of every Filipino,” Andanar said in a phone interview with ANC News Now.

He shared that the President’s speech will last at least 38 minutes; not taking into account the President’s adlibs.

In his speech, Duterte will tackle his legislative agenda for the next six years based on inputs from different agencies, including the need for the Constitution’s amendment to accommodate federalism, as well as policies on peace and order and his campaign against illegal drugs. He will also make suggested reforms on the country’s transportation problems.

Former presidents Fidel Ramos, Joseph Estrada, and Gloria Arroyo have confirmed their attendance on Duterte’s SONA,  while former president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III has declined the invitation.