Thursday, March 10, 2011

HIstory of the State of the Nation Address

One of the main political highlights a 'supposed-democratic' leadership can possibly practice is addressing the public of the nation's current state.

Occupying the highest key position as the leader of the country, the President addresses the nation of its current shape. He or she is duly recognized by the Constitution to perform the task of informing the public about current assessment, projected plans and accomplishments for the past terms.

Bodies of the government traditionally mark this as a momentous event, thereby its preparation and the act itself are being paid much attention. A close example was the recently concluded July 26, 2010 address of the newly-installed Philippine President Benigno Aquino III.


State of the Nation Address Revisited

In the Philippines, the State of the Nation Address otherwise known as “SONA" is delivered by the President every July at the House of Representatives in Quezon City. It is a presidential function stated in Article VII, Section 23 of the 1987 Constitution. But before the SONA, there were SOKA, SORNA, SOPIA and SOCGA.

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