MULTIMEDIA

2019 SONA in Photos

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 23 2019 12:58 AM | Updated as of Jul 23 2019 11:50 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte’s term of office reached the halfway mark with the holding of his fourth State of The Nation Address (SONA) on Monday at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City.

In what has been a focal point both for supporters and critics of the president, groups gathered on Commonwealth Avenue to bring issues currently affecting the country to light.

Despite the heavy rains, more groups came to protest carrying issues such as the country’s response to China’s moves in the West Philippine Sea, human rights violations related to anti-drug operations, and the effects of economic policies on the poor.

ABS-CBN News covered the highlights of this year's SONA in and out of the Batasang Pambansa:

Senate President Tito Sotto takes his oath as Senate President during the opening of the 18th Congress at the Philippine Senate on Monday. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Senators Risa Hontiveros and Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa exchange pleasantries during the opening of the 18th Congress at the Senate. Dela Rosa is a member of the PMA class of 1986, the same class Hontiveros’ late husband, Frank Baraquel, belonged to. PMA graduates from the same class and their spouses call each other mistah. Joseph Vidal, Senate PRIB

Incumbent senators have their photo taken during the opening of the 18th Congress at the Senate building in Manila on Monday. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Neophyte senators Bato Dela Rosa and Imee Marcos attend the opening of the 18th Congress on Monday at the Senate Building in Manila.George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Bong Revilla and family pose for the official photoshoot of the senators moments before the opening of the 18th Congress at the Philippine Senate on July 22, 2019. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Senators Ping Lacson and Lito Lapid have a light moment a few moments before the opening of the 18th Congress on Monday. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Protesters gather at Commonwealth Avenue during President Duterte's 4th State of the Nation Address. Issues, such as the country’s response to China’s claim to parts of the West Philippine Sea, and supposed human rights violations during anti-drug operations continue to be sticking points. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Protesters burn a giant mural of, from left, US President Donald Trump, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping during a short program to coincide with the 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA) by Duterte on Monday, in Quezon City. Bullit Marquez, AP

Commuters look at protesters gathered at Commonwealth Avenue on the day of President Duterte's 4th SONA.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Protestors carrying an effigy of President Duterte grab the attention of jeepney passengers in Quezon City on July 22, 2019 a few hours before the president delivered his 4th State of the Nation Address. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Socialista, a democratic socialist group, staged a rally during the early hours of the SONA at Commonwealth Avenue. The group is demanding that the government stop its supposed subservience to China. Jire Carreon, ABS-CBN News

Activists burn an effigy of President Rodrigo Duterte depicted as a sea monster, during a protest near Congress to coincide with Duterte's State of the Nation Address on Monday. Ted Aljibe, AFP

Police stand in formation along Commonwealth Avenue in anticipation of protest actions during President Duterte’s 4th State of the Nation Address. PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde assured the public that the PNP will practice maximum tolerance. Jire Carreon, ABS-CBN News

Traffic along Commonwealth Avenue towards Batasang Pambansa stops to a standstill on Monday a few hours before President Duterte delivers his State of the Nation Address. Larry Monserate Piojo, ABS-CBN News

Members of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance hold a protest rally at Malcolm People’s Park in Baguio City on Monday in time for President Duterte’s 4th State of the Nation Address. Jojo Riñoza, ABS-CBN News

Protesters wear Xi Jinping and Rodrigo Duterte masks during a rally in Baguio on Monday. Critics have continuously called out the government's policies regarding China and its claims on the whole of the South China Sea. Jong Gasmeña, ABS-CBN News

Duterte supporters cheer as the president arrives at the House of Representatives to deliver his 4th SONA. The president enjoys high trust ratings with an 85 percent approval rating, according to a Pulse Asia Survey.George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Davao City Vice Mayor Sebastian Duterte steps out of the Davao City Hall and joins the singing of the Philippine National Anthem during the start of the 4th State of the Nation Address of his father, President Rodrigo Duterte. Manman Dejeto, ABS-CBN News

Davao City residents watch the 4th State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte at the Rizal Park beside the Davao City Hall on 22 July 2019. ABS-CBN News

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and Senate President Tito Sotto at the House of Representatives during President Duterte's State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

President Duterte is surrounded by the Presidential Security Group as he arrives at the Batasan Complex in Quezon City with Senator Bong Go. Mark Lester Cayabyab, ABS-CBN News

Vice President Leni Robredo at at the House of Representatives during President Duterte's State of the Nation Address. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

President Duterte is seen on a wide screen as he delivers his State of the Nation Address at the House of Representatives. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his fourth State of the Nation Address at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City on Monday as Senate President Vicente Sotto III (left) huddles with newly-elected House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Protesters wear boat-shaped hats as they gather along Commonwealth Avenue on Monday during President Duterte’s 4th SONA. Critics have repeatedly called for a firmer stance against China and its repeated incursions on Philippine waters. Vincent Go, ABS-CBN News

President Duterte delivers his State of the Nation Address at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on July 22, 2019. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Former Philippine Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno joins the march towards the Philippine Congress to protest the 4th State of the Nation (SONA) address by President Rodrigo Duterte in Quezon City, Philippines on Monday. July 22, 2019. The groups protested against the tension between the Philippines and China in the West Philippine Sea and the thousands of killings in Duterte’s 'war on drugs'. Basilio H. Sepe, ABS-CBN News

Despite the heavy downpour, tens of thousands march along Commonwealth Avenue towards Batasan Pambansa in Quezon City bearing slogans condemning several reforms of the administration as President Duterte delivers his 4th State of The Nation Address. Larry Monserate Piojo, ABS-CBN News

Despite the heavy downpour, tens of thousands march along Commonwealth Avenue towards Batasan Pambansa in Quezon City bearing slogans condemning several reforms of the administration as President Duterte delivers his 4th State of The Nation Address. Larry Monserate Piojo, ABS-CBN News

A man holds a Philippine flag as protesters gather en masse along Commonwealth Avenue druing President Duterte's 4th SONA. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News