Joyce Bernal to direct Duterte's 3rd SONA

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 5) — Joyce Bernal will direct President Rodrigo Duterte's third State of the Nation Address (SONA), according to Communications Secretary Martin Andanar.

Andanar confirmed to reporters Thursday that Bernal will take the helm from Brillante Mendoza, who directed Duterte's first two SONAs.

The renowned Bernal is known for directing comedy hits such as Kimmy Dora, Gandarrapiddo: The Revengers Squad, and Bakit Di Ka Crush ng Crush Mo?

She won Best Director in the 2013 Metro Manila Film Festival for her action film, 10,000 Hours.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the SONA will retain a speech writer.

"They want it to be a message straight from the heart of the President, not hindered by the need to report achievements," he said in a briefing Thursday.