Duterte Legacy

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte

State of the Nation Address 2021

“The President shall address the Congress at the opening of its regular session.”

~ Article VII, Section 23. 1987 Philippine Constitution

This annual address, traditionally known as the SONA, is a constitutional mandate wherein the President reports on the status of the country, the accomplishments of the administration in the previous year, and the government’s agenda, including proposal for priority legislative measures, for the coming year.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivered his sixth and last SONA in a Joint Session of Congress on July 26, 2021 at the Plenary Hall of the House of Representatives. The 2021 SONA was conducted in a hybrid format for the second straight year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Only 350 government officials, dignitaries and guests were physically present for the session. Other attendees were given the option to attend virtually by video teleconference. The address lasted for two hours and 46 minutes.

Duterte Legacy Video

This special exhibit is the 18th Congress’s tribute, under the leadership of Speaker Lord Allan Velasco, to the landmark reforms embarked upon by the Duterte Administration in the last 5 years. Fronting the multimedia installation is a vessel which serves as an amalgamation of iconic Mindanaoan motifs: the kulintang, the torogan, the sarimanok, and the balangay - all of which are in the style of “okir,” a design sensibility that follows the rectilinear and curvilinear folk motifs of the Maranaos. Seen on the multimedia canvas are heartfelt testimonials and messages of gratitude from Filipinos who benefitted from these landmark reforms, as well as visual arts interpretations of specific laws that serve as a contemporary take on Filipino cubist art, championed by the likes of Vicente Manansala, H.R. Ocampo, and Anita Magsaysay-Ho.