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What Aquino did not say: How to be a statesman

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Philippine President Benigno Aquino III delivers his 5th State of the Nation Address during the joint session of the 16th Congress at the House of Representatives in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines Monday, July 28, 2014. AP

“You wanted a statesman, he showed you how to be a statesman.”

Posted: July 29th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Peach, yellow, red: No one’s color blind

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Senators Grace Poe, Loren Legarda, Pia Cayetano, Nancy Binay and Cynthia Villar pose for a photograph during the opening the 2nd Regular Session of the 6th Congress at the Senate Building, Pasay City on Monday. INQUIRER PHOTO / NINO JESUS ORBETA

A battle between yellow and peach on the red carpet of the House of Representatives marked the President’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday, delivered as he faced an impeachment threat and all-time low public approval ratings.

Posted: July 29th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

First timers: Former Aquino backers turn their backs on him

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Protesters are dispersed with water cannon as they attempt to force their way closer to the House of Representatives to coincide with the State of the Nation Address (Sona) by Philippine President Benigno Aquino III Monday, July 28, 2014, in Quezon City. People not known to join past protest actions against President Aquino, such as award-winning scriptwriter Ricky Lee and satirist Mae Paner (aka Juana Change), were at a huge rally against the President’s Sona on Monday.  AP

People not known to join past protest actions against President Aquino, such as award-winning scriptwriter Ricky Lee and satirist Mae Paner (aka Juana Change), were at a huge rally against the President’s fifth State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday.

Posted: July 29th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

91 minutes, 85 rounds of applause

President Aquino receives a standing ovation after delivering his 5th State of the Nation Address at the joint session of the 16th Congress at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City on Monday, July 28, 2014. Aquino’s 91-minute address was interrupted by at least 85 rounds of applause. RYAN LIM/Malacanang Photo Bureau

Length: 91 minutes interrupted by at least 85 rounds of applause

Posted: July 29th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Aquino tears up in his 5th Sona

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President Aquino delivering his fifth Sona: The Filipino is worth living for

President Aquino choked up, surprising his audience, and left not a dry eye in the house as he wrapped up his fifth State of the Nation Address (Sona) talking about his parents who fought for democracy, the legacy they left, and how he would not let his administration’s detractors take away the gains his presidency had achieved the past four years.

Posted: July 29th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

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