- SONA attendees for President Duterte's 1st SONA a year from now are advised to not overdress
- Attendees should be wearing business attire and not dress as if going to a social event
- No plan to remove the red carpet, but attendees highly recommended to comply
A year before the President's State of the Nation Address, hopeful 17th Congress Speaker Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez advised house leaders to dress simply for the event. Guests and fellow law makers should avoid making the event fashion show circus, because the point of the event is to listen to the current progress the executive has done. He added that the event is the Chief Executive's time, and he should be in the spotlight. He also said men could opt to wear "Maong Tagalog", in deference to Duterte's style taste. Men could wear a simple Barong while wearing maong jeans. Duterte wore the attire at a recent Air Force event in Clark. "Yes, maong tagalog is allowed," said Pantaleon.
He simply reminds his fellow law makers that they are going to a state of the nation address, not a fashion show or social event. While Alavarez echoes Duterte's simple tastes, he did say that there was no plan to enforce it. In the end, it is still up to the personal judgment of the attendees whether or not they will follow the dress code or choose to continue what they have been doing for the past years. "The red carpet will still be there but it will be strictly business attire. It's fine if they are comfortable being overdressed," said Alavarez. Duterte has been known to be a man of simple tastes, which added to his appeal as part of "the common folk" in his bid for the presidency.