Robotic cameras, flying drones to document Duterte’s first SONA – Politiko

Robotic cameras, flying drones to document Duterte’s first SONA – Politiko

President Rodrigo Duterte’s communications team won’t shy away from using the latest technology in bringing forth a memorable first State of the Nation Address (SONA) for the country’s new leader. On Monday (July 18), Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Secretary Martin Andanar and SONA director Brillante Mendoza led a communications briefing at the House of Representatives (HOR), which will be site of the July 25 SONA. Andanar’s vision for Duterte’s first SONA is to make it “solemn” and similar to the State of The Union (SOTU), which is the annual speech given by the United States’ (US) president. During the briefing, it was said that some 14 cameras–including robotic cameras–will be used by state media during its SONA coverage. As for Mendoza, he pitched that remote-controlled camera drones be used for the event as well. In fact, Mendoza, winner of the 2009 Cannes Film Festival Best Director award, inspected the HOR’s plenary hall and checked for possible camera angles during his visit. Also attending the communications briefing were incoming House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez’s daughter, Paola Alvarez as well as other PCO officials. (Samantha A. Giron)

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