In Photos: SONA 2016 by: Northbound Philippines News Online | 26/07/2016 President Rodrigo R. Duterte was brought to the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City on July 25 by a presidential chopper to avoid giving inconvenience to the public for his first State of the Nation Address. King Rodriguez/PPD President Rodrigo R. Duterte shakes hands with former House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. before delivering his State of the Nation Address. King Rodriguez/PPD The first State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo R. Duterte received 97 applauses from the audience while delivering his first State of the Nation Address at the plenary hall of Batasang Pambansa. Marcelino Pascua/PPD President Rodrigo R. Duterte shakes hand with members of the 17th Congress as he enters the plenary hall for his first State of the Nation Address at Batasang Pambansa on July 25. Marcelino Pascua/PPD.