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By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

 

President Duterte is set to give the country’s real score during his second State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, Malacañang said Sunday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gestures that the government will no longer engage in any negotiations with Communist rebels during his speech before the business sector at the Davao Investment Conference at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City Friday. (Keith Bacongco) Manila Bulletin

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said Duterte’s speech will be “frank, challenging, realistic but hopeful.”

“The President’s address will be rendered in broad strokes, reviewing past achievements, stating the present situation and announcing future prospects,” Abella said Sunday afternoon.

The theme of the SONA is “A Comfortable Life for All”.

According to the Palace official, Duterte’s speech is written in English and should take approximately 50 minutes if read straight.

But Malacañang is anticipating that the President is set to go off-tangent like he usually does.

“Given that there will be pauses for applause and off-the-cuff remarks, the speech may take about an hour and thirty minutes,” Abella said.

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar earlier said that Duterte wanted  his written speech to be direct to the point and not take more than 50 minutes.

The draft speech was  originally 38 pages but was reduced to only 23 and may even be trimmed down to just 15 to 18 pages, considering the President’s estimated reading speed of three minutes per page.

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