By Genalyn Kabiling
The government is keeping the “no gown” dress code during President Duterte’s third State of the Nation Address (SONA) this month.
“I’m sure the ladies will not like it, pero I don’t think the President will deviate,” Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said during a press conference in Cavite, when asked if the President wanted to retain the simple SONA dress code.
“Anyway, the ladies have found a way to look glamorous given the limitation that no gowns allowed. So they have been very successful in being very elegant and yet not wearing gowns for the SONA,” he said.
The President is scheduled to deliver his third national address before the joint session of Congress on July 23.
The Palace previously urged legislators and guests to dress simply or wear business attire during the President’s SONA instead of lavish gowns. The new dress code was in line with the President’s preference to keep the event simple and modest.
In the President’s second SONA last year, many government officials were spotted wearing Mindanao-inspired outfits.