Catholic prelate to solons: ‘Duty more important than SONA fashion’

MANILA-- A Catholic priest reminded solons to uphold their duties as crafters of the laws of the land as they attend President Rodrigo Duterte's second State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Fr. Jerome Secillano of the Nuestra SeAora del Perpetuo Socorro Parish in Sampaloc, Manila said politicians must fulfill the mandate given to them by the people and not just walk through the SONA red carpet in their lavish outfits.

"Let them wear what they want but let them be reminded that their primordial function is to craft meaningful laws that will ensure the interests of the public," he said.

It has been a tradition for members of the Senate and House of Representatives to dress lavishly during the annual event, where the Chief Executive will report to the people his accomplishments and future plans for the nation.

"There is no real beauty in parading with sophisticated clothing and accessories if majority of Filipinos are stuck in the ugliness of poverty," Secillano added.

On Monday, members of both houses of Congress are expected to parade their expensive suits and long gowns as they walk on the red carpet, proceeding to the session hall of the Batasan Complex in Quezon City, where President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his second SONA.

Source: Philippine News Agency