Blog Lecture No. 32: State of the Nation Address

Hello folks! This is probably going to be my shortest blog lecture, because I’m in a hurry…

What is a State of the Nation Address (SONA)?

From the past SONA’s this seems to be both the President’s report to the nation, much like the Chairman of the Board’s report to the stockholders of a corporation. In it, the President reports achievements and gains, as well as (supposedly) what needs to be done, the direction the President wants to take the nation for the next year and possibly, her legislative agenda.

Why is the SONA held during the start of the regular session of Congress?

The simple reason is Section 23, Article VII of the 1987 Constitution that says:

Section 23. The President shall address the Congress at the opening of its regular session. He may also appear before it at any other time.

While there is nothing the above-quoted provision that tells the President the topic he will discuss, the topics I have stated above has been traditionally the ones tackled by the President in such address.

When is the start of the regular session of Congress?

Section 15 of Article VI has the answer:

Section 15. The Congress shall convene once every year on the fourth Monday of July for its regular session, unless a different date is fixed by law, and shall continue to be in session for such number of days as it may determine until thirty days before the opening of its next regular session, exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays. The President may call a special session at any time.

The fourth Monday of July this year falls on 25 July 2005.

See how short this is?

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2 responses to “Blog Lecture No. 32: State of the Nation Address

  1. MLQ3 has a way better lecture on SONA’s history, etc.

    I suggest you read that one…

  2. I was reading this article from INQ7 yesterday, and I broke into tears before I finshed it. I could realte, I see myself and hundreds of OCWs, I see the Filipino children, I see the evil of what going on back home…

    “FILIPINO life has been restless since the world wars. It’s too tiring. Too much politics in our daily life is poisoning the minds of future generation. How could we inspire the youth to make the nation a brighter side of the world tomorrow? The future seems to be dimmer for them; they would rather dream of working abroad when the time comes.
    We have hardworking teachers and good education, but who benefits from these brains and hard work? Wasted time, wasted effort, wasted brains.

    The primary Philippine export is its own people, because everybody wants to get out of the country. Getting away — from pollution, overcrowding, protest rallies, rebels, kidnappers, high prices but low wages, and politicians — is an easy reason to take the way out. But this would mean doing “the supreme sacrifice” of leaving the loved ones.”

    *********

    Just unwinding here because it’s weekend. Will be busy again tomorrow. Keep blogging!

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