“It’s the right of every person, of every representative or senator to opt to attend or not,” presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a press conference.
This statement of Lacierda comes after Bong Revilla’s wife Cavite Representative Lani Mercado said she is not attending President Aquino’s 2014 State of the Nation Address (SONA).
“It is a constitutionally mandated event and the President will deliver his State of the Nation Address regardless of reactions of some public officials who seemed to have been affected by the PDAF scam. That is a constitutional mandated event that the President is obligated to deliver,” Lacierda explained.
Aquino’s SONA is scheduled to be delivered on July 28 at the House of Representatives’ complex in Quezon City.
“I have no intention of attending. This will be the second time,” Lani Mercado said earlier. Mercado said Aquino will just put Bong Revilla’s name to shame on the upcoming SONA.