Draft of 2012 SONA: Pres. Aquino 'very much involved' in writing it, says budget secretary

President Benigno Aquino III is “very much involved” in the crafting of his third State of the Nation Address (2012 SONA), budget secretary Butch Abad said Monday, July 23.

In an interview on ANC’s “Headstart,” Abad said the draft of the president’s SONA went through several revisions.

Abad said the President “wants to make sure he reports not just general statements but also show very concrete achievements.”


Earlier, presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda revealed that there were eight drafts of the SONA which is expected to be “truthful, inspiring and defining.”

Lacierda also hinted that President Aquino’s speech is “longer than usual” and will be delivered in Filipino.

Last week, deputy presidential spokeswoman Abigail Valte said the president’s report to the nation will highlight the administration’s key achievements on anti-corruption and anti-poverty programs in the past year as well as the government’s goals for 2013.

There were reports that the SONA 2012 draft has more than thirty pages.