- No classes in all levels in Quezon City on July 25 due to the SONA
- This will be the first SONA of President Rodrigo Duterte
- Security preparations are currently being made for the SONA
Classes in all levels in Quezon City will be suspended on July 25 due to the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte.
The Quezon City government made the announcement as preparations are being made for President Duterte’s very first SONA at the Batasang Pambansa Complex. This was similar to announcements made last year when classes in select schools were suspended as former President Benigno Aquino III delivered his final SONA
“ADVISORY: No classes on Monday (July 25) in all levels in QC due to the SONA of Pres. Duterte,” the local government announced in its official Twitter account.
Security contingencies are currently being made. The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) told CNN Philippines that it will be deploying around 6,400 policemen within the vicinity of the House of Representatives building while an additional 4,600 reserve personnel will be on standby.
Earlier, President Duterte had ordered the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Joint Task Force NCR to “tone down” the number of its own soldiers to be deployed during the SONA so as not to disrupt the public.
Joint Task Force NCR acting commander Colonel Vic Tomas is yet to give a final number of troops to be deployed, however, he says it will be enough to augment augment the forces sent by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Presidential Security Group (PSG) while keeping in line with the President’s orders.
The President had also expressed his desire to keep the occasion as simple as possible, asking lawmakers and guests to abandon the “SONA fashion show” and to show up in business attire instead of fancy Filipiniana wear.
The Constitution mandates the President to deliver the SONA at the opening of the Regular Session of Congress every year.