#SONA2014 - updates

Rappler's latest stories on #SONA2014


Petilla: No need for Aquino to invoke emergency powers if …

Aug 11, 2014 - 12:47 PM

… PSALM will be allowed to contract additional generation capacities to address the Luzon power crisis in 2015

The value of tears

Aug 03, 2014 - 1:36 PM

Democracy is a regime of difference And studies have shown that while democracy does not always deliver instrumental goods its intrinsic defense of difference has in many instances tempered and trumped violent anti democratic tendencies

President Benigno Aquino III delivering his 5th State of the Nation Address

SONA Fact Check: Accurate land registries by 2015 ‘realistic’

Aug 01, 2014 - 8:04 PM

As of June 2014 the mapping of land ownership for tax purposes is 60 complete When finished it will also help solve agrarian reform disputes

LAND DISTRIBUTION. A Luisita farmer holds up a banner identifying the farmer-beneficiary awarded land through the government's agrarian reform program. File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Why was the President quiet on FOI?

Jul 31, 2014 - 11:26 PM

While the President himself emphasizes the importance of building people s trust in government he doesn t seem to fully appreciate the role played by free access to information in building public trust

SONA Fact Check: Gov't efforts hurting rice hoarders

Jul 31, 2014 - 7:09 PM

President Aquino says in his SONA that steps have been taken to achieve enough rice supply This way hoarders who cause prices to increase are frustrated

SONA Fact Check: Dike, dam pose environmental threats

Jul 31, 2014 - 7:00 AM

The Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Dike was rejected by the NEDA Board in May due to environmental and technical concerns Kaliwa Dam may inundate communities and forests near the river

Map of the Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Dike Project. Image from dpwh.gov.ph

DOE: Malampaya shutdown can no longer be moved

Jul 30, 2014 - 11:41 PM

The Interruptible Load Program and energy conservation are the best options so far to mitigate the looming power shortage the department says

NO TO RESCHEDULE. Shell Philippines Exploration B.V., the consortium running the Malampaya natural gas platform, has informed the Department of Energy that it could no longer reschedule the maintenance shutdown of the facility. Image from Sembcorp Marine website

SONA Fact Check: Half-truths about Yolanda

Jul 30, 2014 - 9:11 PM

In his State of the Nation Address the President omits key details and paints Yolanda hit areas in a rosy state

STILL WAITING. Yolanda survivors count on the government for help even as rehabilitation efforts suffer from too much bureaucracy. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

14,500 Yolanda survivors still in tents after SONA

Jul 30, 2014 - 2:09 PM

These communities are being exposed to tremendous risk and uncertainty aid groups say after the President trumpeted efforts for Yolanda survivors

After Yolanda: State of Barangay 88

Jul 29, 2014 - 10:21 PM

Some residents of a community in Tacloban feel abandoned despite the deluge of international assistance and funding

'Teachers, OFWs, environment, other sectors ignored in SONA'

Jul 29, 2014 - 5:23 PM

Health workers students laborers indigenous peoples the urban poor and a host of other sectors are frustrated that Aquino had no room in his SONA for their issues and concerns

MISSING FROM SONA. Spokespersons from various advocacy and militant groups point out issues ignored by President Benigno Aquino III in his 5th State of the Nation Address. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Meralco gets ready for the looming power crisis

Jul 29, 2014 - 2:45 PM

As Malacañang mulls over a state of emergency declaration in the power sector Meralco has outlined steps it may take to help mitigate any power shortage in Luzon in 2015

GETTING READY. Meralco has already outlined action steps in response to the looming power crisis. File photo by Agence France-Presse / Jay Directo

SONA 2014: What Aquino did not say

Jul 29, 2014 - 9:40 AM

UPDATED The President was silent on the 3 biggest challenges he faced this year and for the first time did not blame former President Gloria Arroyo for the country s woes

NO MENTION. What issues did President Benigno Aquino III leave out during the 2014 State of the Nation Address? Photo by Rappler

SONA Protesters tell Aquino: No more excuses

Jul 28, 2014 - 10:40 PM

Protesters during SONA 2014 say they are no longer giving President Aquino the chance to make excuses

Aquino keeps mum on emergency powers proposal in SONA

Jul 28, 2014 - 7:29 PM

Instead he says he has instructed Energy Secretary Petilla to coordinate with other agencies and stakeholders in addressing the looming power shortage

POWER SHORTAGE. President Benigno Aquino III discusses in his State of the Nation Address on July 28, 2014 the looming blackouts Luzon is facing

Netizens on SONA 2014: No FOI?

Jul 28, 2014 - 6:58 PM

While they were disappointed over the President s non mention of the FOI bill his emotional mention of his parents and his answer to his critics and detractors were not lost on them

Water spray vs SONA 2014 protesters as barricades are toppled

Jul 28, 2014 - 6:07 PM

Protesters bring down barricades but are stopped by water spray

RED WATER SPRAY: Police uses colored water against SONA protesters. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

SONA protesters to Aquino: Time for excuses is over

Jul 28, 2014 - 5:08 PM

Hundreds gather to protest Aquino s 5th State of the Nation Address They say the time for giving him a chance is over

NO MORE NEXT CHANCE. Protesters during President Aquino's 5th State of the Nation Address say they've had enough of his promises. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Weaker Senate opposition without Enrile?

Jul 28, 2014 - 3:20 PM

Deputy Minority Leader Vicente Tito Sotto III does not see any negative impact on checks and balances in the chamber We just have more work now

'NO DIFFERENCE.' Deputy Senate Minority Leader Tito Sotto says the minority will continue scrutinizing administration measures even without Enrile and Estrada.

HIGHLIGHTS: Aquino's 5th State of the Nation Address

Jul 28, 2014 - 3:18 PM

Watch and react to President Aquino's 5th SONA via the SONA 2014 Mood Meter and the live blog

The good king

Jul 28, 2014 - 1:00 PM

In the world imagined by Benigno Aquino III checks and balances are unnecessary for as long as a good man stands at the helm

Rappler reporter Paticia Evangelista at the Tacloban City Astrodome in November 2013 after the onslaught of typhoon Haiyan. Photo by Carlo Gabuco

Before SONA, Aquino OKs Yolanda rehab plans for Tacloban, 5 others

Jul 28, 2014 - 12:58 PM

Rehabilitation Secretary Panfilo Lacson says his office will submit to the President the P169 7 billion master rehabilitation plan by August 1

EVACUATING AGAIN. Hundreds of Yolanda (Haiyan) survivors, who still live in tents, return to the Tacloban Astrodome as Glenda (Rammasun) is set to affect Tacloban City. Photo by Roy Lagarde/Rappler

#SONA2014: Join the conversation

Jul 28, 2014 - 11:48 AM

Be a part of SONA2014 through Rappler s online conversation and live blog beginning 2pm of July 28 Monday Philippine Standard Time

Where Filipinos give Aquino a failing grade

Jul 28, 2014 - 9:45 AM

There’s been a considerable drop in people’s approval of the President’s anti corruption efforts but the first negative ratings in 4 years are for his efforts to control inflation and reduce poverty

NEGATIVE RATINGS: President Benigno Aquino III suffers negative ratings in controlling inflation. Malacañang photo

Thousands set to rally against SONA 2014

Jul 27, 2014 - 9:52 PM

The Disbursement Acceleration Program Typhoon Yolanda response high electricity rates and poverty are just some of the reasons activists will take to the streets on Monday

PASSING VERDICT. Groups set to join the SONA rally on July 28 pass their own verdict of impeachment for President Benigno Aquino III. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

React to Aquino's #SONA2014 on Rappler's Mood Meter

Jul 27, 2014 - 8:00 PM

Rappler s SONA2014 microsite will live stream the President s speech on July 28 and allow you to react to each statement he makes by either voting on a mood or commenting on that specific statement

What next for Aquino and Congress?

Jul 27, 2014 - 5:59 PM

President Aquino must realize he is no longer being compared to past presidents He s being judged on the standard he set: matuwid na daan