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Sona 2014: Aquino cites economic gains under his four-year watch

/ 09:21 PM July 28, 2014

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, bottom, adjusts his glasses as Senate President Franklin Drilon looks on during 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)

MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III on Monday trumpeted the economic gains of the country under his administration in his fifth State of the Nation Address (Sona).

Aquino said tax collections increased to P1.536 trillion in 2013, from P1.094 trillion in 2010.

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He also said the country’s debt to Gross Domestic Product ratio went down, and thus funds for interests went to social services.

Aquino also boasted of the improvement to investment grade status by Fitch, Moody’s, and Standard and Poor’s.

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“Ang hatid po nito: Dahil nga investment grade na tayo, mas
murang mahihiram ng gobyerno ang pondo para sa mga programa at
proyekto, mas maraming naaakit na mamuhunan sa ating bansa, at mas
mabilis na natatamasa ng Pilipino ang benepisyo,” the President said.

He also said 42-percent of all funds for the Philippine Economic Zone Authority that were poured into the area since 1995 happened in the first four years of his administration.

“Ang natitirang 58 percent, inabot ng 15 taon ang ibang mga administrasyon para bunuin. Kumpiyansa po tayo: bago tayo bumaba sa puwesto, papantayan o hihigitan pa natin ang halagang ito,” Aquino said.

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