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Aquino recalls major disasters in fifth Sona

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President Aquino receives an applause from the audience along witn Senate President Franklin Drilon and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte after his State of the Nation Address at Session Hall of Cangress, Batasan Hills, Quezon City. EDWIN BACASMAS

The supposed speedy response to disaster and crisis took a huge bite in President Benigno Aquino III’s fifth State of the Nation Address (Sona), as he boasted of the country’s achievements in the aftermath of the three major disasters – an earthquake, a monster typhoon, and a rebel siege – that rocked the country the past year.

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

State of the Nation Address 2014 (English translation)

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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 Photo/Aaron Favila)

Vice President Jejomar Binay; President Fidel Valdez Ramos; Senate President Franklin M. Drilon and members of the Senate; Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. and members of the House of Representatives; Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and our Justices of the Supreme Court; distinguished members of the diplomatic corps; members of the Cabinet; officials in local government; members of the military, police, and other uniformed services; my fellow public servants; and, to my Bosses, the Filipino people:

Posted: July 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Anti-political dynasty bill to affect many aspirants in 2016 polls–solon

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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 Photo/Aaron Favila)

Many politicians with presidential ambitions, including Vice President Jejomar Binay, won’t be able to run in 2016 if the anti-political dynasty bill is passed into law in its current version, a lawmaker said Monday.

Posted: July 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Cops use water cannons to drive away Sona protesters

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Tension between police and militants escalates, forcing officers to use water cannons. PHOTO/ FRANCES MANGOSING, INQUIRER.net

Militants were greeted with water cannons as they tried to break through police barricade on Commonwealth Avenue while President Benigno Aquino III was delivering his State of the Nations Address.

Posted: July 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Metro | Read More »

Abad to ask Congress to clarify definition of savings

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Sec. Butch Abad INQUIRER PHOTO/ ALANAH TORRALBA

Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad said that they intend to file a draft joint resolution for Congress to clarify the definition of “savings” following the Supreme Court’s (SC) ruling against the Disbursement Allocation Program (DAP) and allow the funds to be utilized again.

Posted: July 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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