President Rodrigo Duterte’s sixth and final State of the Nation Address (SONA) lasted for three hours, or more than two hours to the supposed one hour that Malacañang said on Monday.
“This year’s SONA will run for only less than an hour),” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in an interview with Teleradyo prior to Duterte’s delivery of his SONA.
Duterte’s speech is shorter than his previous SONAs despite four revisions made during his rehearsals, Roque said.
Roque, however, raised the possibility that Duterte might still deliver off-the-cuff remarks.
“So he has undergone at least four revisions from the original version of the speech. His speech is too short,” he said in Filipino. “However, the President could still make an ad-lib like what he’s doing before.”
Duterte’s final SONA focused on the current administration’s accomplishments during his first five years in office, but a lot of emphasis was given on the fight against illegal drugs, corruption in government, and the insurgency.