Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, July 25, 2016

Singapore's Central Business District (CBD) reflected against Marina Bay.
Singapore's Central Business District (CBD) reflected against Marina Bay.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Monday, July 25, and which we think you'd be interested in.

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Duterte to deliver first State of the Nation Address


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is set to deliver his first State of the Nation Address today (July 25). PHOTO: AFP

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his first State of the Nation Address today (July 25), less than a month after taking power, and the occasion promises to fit the man. 

“I think the president will deliver a short speech, as brief as his inaugural address,” Brillante Mendoza, a Cannes film festival Best Director winner who will direct Monday's ceremony, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer. “He’s a man of action. He’d rather work than talk.” 

Mr Duterte, 71, will give his speech at the Batasang Pambansa, headquarters of the House of Representatives in Manila.

Known for his straightforward and simple style, Mr Duterte has ordered the event - normally a lavish affair more like a fashion show than a policy speech - held to a significantly reduced budget, with far fewer guests and a business dress code. He is expected to reiterate a pledge to weed out corrupt officials and tackle crime.

MAS annual report likely today  


The Monetary Authority of Singapore is expected to release its annual report for fiscal year 2016 today (July 25). ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is expected to release its annual report for fiscal year 2016 today (July 25). Last year, it reported a sharply lower net profit of $281 million for the year ended March 31, due to currency effects. It posted a net profit of $15.8 billion in 2013/14, aided by foreign-exchange gains.

Raffled Medical Group to release Q2 results


The facade of Raffles Hospital. PHOTO: RAFFLES MEDICAL GROUP

Raffles Medical Group is scheduled to release its second quarter financial results ended June 30, 2016. - WONG SIEW YING

NTU holds first convocation ceremony for its 25th batch of graduates


 NTU graduates Ernest Tan (left), 28, and Nigel Tan, 26.  PHOTO: NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY

The Nanyang Technological University will hold the first convocation ceremony for its 25th batch of graduates on Monday (July 25). The university was founded in 1991, after it was reconstituted from the Nanyang Technological Institute. Monday's ceremony will include graduates from the university's joint PhD programmes, Renaissance Engineering Programme and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.