President Rodrigo Duterte’s sixth and final State of the Nation Address (SONA) will have a limited in-person audience, the Presidential Security Group (PSG) said on Friday.

PSG chief Brig. Gen. Jesus Durante III said restrictions would be imposed despite Duterte’s July 26 SONA being his last.

“This will be the last SONA of the president, so we will ensure and assure the Filipino people that it will go smoothly and safely as with the past state of the nation addresses of the president,” Durante said in an interview over state-run PTV-4.

Duterte’s final SONA will take place at the Batasang Pambansa Complex in Quezon City.

During his penultimate SONA, guests that were present at Batasan were required to undergo Covid-19 tests and yield negative results. Some attended the address through videoconferencing.

“Until now, we are still in the state of pandemic. So, we implemented some measures. Hindi lahat makakadalo. Some will attend through

, and there will be a minimal number of attendees doon po sa plenary,” Durante said.

Philippine presidents are constitutionally obliged to deliver a SONA at the opening of the regular session of Congress, during which they usually discuss the legislative agenda as well as the current state of the nation. John Ezekiel J. Hirro