President Rodrigo Duterte’s upcoming State of the Nation Address in July is still likely to take place at the Batasan Complex amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, this time, no VIPs aside from incumbent lawmakers from the Senate and House of Representatives will be allowed to watch in the session hall.
“Ang mga informal naririnig ko, usap-usapan, tuloy pa rin sa House pero wala nang guests. So lahat ng congressmen and senators will occupy the gallery because of social distancing,” Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian shared.
[From what I hear, it will still be held in the House but there will be no guests.]
“’Di ba, may tatlong floors ‘yung kanilang gallery eh. So doon na uupo ngayon ‘yung mga mambabatas,” he added.
[Their gallery has three floors. It will all be occupied by lawmakers.]
Gatchalian clarified, however, that they have yet to hear the official plan from Senate President Vicente Sotto III and House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano regarding the SONA.