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Aquino to snub Duterte’s SONA while FVR, Erap, Robredo confirm attendance

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Former President Benigno Aquino III will once again skip the upcoming State of Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte.

According to the House of Representatives’ Inter-Parliamentary Relations Service (IPRS), Aquino already sent his regrets as early as May 18 and will not be able to attend Duterte’s upcoming third SONA on July 23 (Monday).

The former president hasn’t yet to attend any of Duterte’s SONA since the latter assume office in 2016.

Those VIPs who were already confirmed attending the said event include former President Fidel Ramos, former President and current Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada; Vice President Leni Robredo; former Senate Presidents Juan Ponce Enrile, Aquilino Pimentel Jr., and Manuel Villar, Jr.; and former Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr.

Meanwhile, though there is no official confirmation yet from the IPRS, former House Speaker Prospero Nograles will also attend the event as per his son, Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) Partylist Rep. Jericho Nograles.