UPDATED: JULY 22, 2016
Just as no two Philippine presidents are the same in priorities and governance, no two State of the Nation Addresses are the same in content and form.
In #INQBack: SONA edition, INQUIRER.net highlights one memorable quote from each president’s SONAs that reflect both the times they lived in and the pressing issues during their presidencies.
A SONA, more specifically a verbal report meant to update Filipinos on what the government has achieved in the previous year, is mandated by the Constitution.
Presidents Emilio Aguinaldo and Jose P. Laurel did not deliver SONAs during their presidencies, as the version of the Constitution at the time did not require the annual report.
In recent times, the incumbent president of the Philippines delivers to both the Congress and the Filipino public a SONA every fourth Monday of July.