IN PHOTOS: President Duterte's second SONA

The second State of the Nation Address more firmly established the president as a singular man, with a singular voice.


 

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — President Rodrigo Duterte, the statesman, has never been a conventional speaker. In his official speeches, he has shown a tendency to veer off tradition many times in addressing fellow officials in government. Nowhere is this more evident than in his second State of the Nation Address to the Batasang Pambansa, a two-hour speech-slash-running commentary on issues that both divide and unite the nation: the war against crime and drugs, peace and order in Mindanao, reproductive health, infrastructure, mining, corruption, and many others.

Politicians, officials, and guests began flocking to Batasan early afternoon for the SONA slated to start at 4 p.m., and which was estimated to last for an hour or so. Outside, protesters, in the thousands, decried prolonged martial law in Mindanao and other promises the administration has yet to fulfill. After the SONA, the president went out to meet them.

The SONA reflects Duterte’s consistency in addressing what he thinks are concerns that needed to be changed in the country, following an electoral platform that capitalized on capturing the working man’s need for a president that heard their concerns and spoke their language. If anything, Duterte’s SONA — if in parts digressive, but in others clear in its resolve — more firmly established the president as a singular man, with a singular voice.

SONA Guards in barong stand on guard beside the Session Hall entrance. Photo by JL JAVIER

SONA Guests make their way to the plenary hall. Photo by JL JAVIER

SONA Among empty seats, early birds wait for the address to start. Photo by JL JAVIER

SONA Lawmakers mill around their tables in the session hall, where they engage in small talk before the president arrives. Photo by JL JAVIER

SONA Senate President Koko Pimentel, President Rodrigo Duterte, and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez bow during the opening prayer. Photo by JL JAVIER

SONA Brillante Mendoza directed the second SONA, which featured close-up shots of the president in nationwide television. Photo by JL JAVIER

SONA The president’s speech could also be viewed from large screens inside the session hall. Photo by JL JAVIER

SONA A close-up shot from the president during his speech. Photo by JL JAVIER

SONA President Duterte exits the session hall after his SONA. Photo by JL JAVIER

SONA After the SONA, guests grab the opportunity to take a photo with the president. Photo by JL JAVIER