President Rodrigo Duterte rehearses for his 4th State of the Nation Address at Malacañan Palace Friday night. With him are Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo and Sen. Christopher Lawrence Go. PHOTO FROM SEN. CHRISTOPHER LAWRENCE GO

The Duterte administration has drastically scaled down its goals in pushing for amendments to the 1987 Constitution, and will focus only on economic provisions in the second half of the president’s term, a Palace official said.

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar – quoting President Rodrigo Duterte’s former aide Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go – said a shift to a federal form of government was unlikely.

“The basis of my statement on federalism is what Sen. Bong Go will say, because he and the president are always together. And Sen. Bong Go said federalism was becoming unlikely,” Andanar said in an interview with Radyo Singko on Friday.

“Economic provisions lang ang gagalawin (Only the economic provisions will be amended),” he said.

Andanar did not go into the details of the economic amendments.

In the past, discussions on the economic provisions of the constitution included removing foreign ownership restrictions in businesses and land.

Andanar gave a preview of the 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA) to be delivered by the president on Monday, during the opening of the 18th Congress.

He said it would be about “legacy,” – bringing down the poverty rate to 14 percent from 21 percent, the “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program, and peace and order.

The president will also push for a National Land Use Policy and the second package of tax reforms to raise revenues.

For the first time, a philharmonic orchestra will perform during the SONA rites. Singer Freddie Aguilar, an ardent Duterte supporter, will sing prior to the National Anthem.

“It showcases the talent of the Filipino,” Andanar said. (PressONE.ph)