#SONA2015 - updates

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BSP best performer in gov’t; OVP worst – MBC poll

Aug 13, 2015 - 5:24 PM

UPDATED The Office of the Vice President suffers the steepest drop in performance ranking among agencies and offices included in the Makati Business Club survey – to 64th or last place in 2015 from 33rd in 2014

TOP. The central bank ranks as the top government agency for the fourth straight time, dating back to 2011, "owing to its continuing satisfactory work in maintaining the country’s macroeconomic and financial stability, despite external threats from overseas." Photo from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

PH foreign investments take beating from China, Greece issues

Aug 10, 2015 - 7:00 PM

FDI inflows fall 41 9 to 1 64 billion from January to May 2015 compared to 2 82 billion in the same period last year the central bank reports

Gov't underspending is 'epic incompetence' – Diokno

Aug 07, 2015 - 3:14 PM

The former budget secretary says Filipinos bear the brunt of government s underspending

NEW PLAN. President Benigno Aquino III signing into law the P2.606-trillion budget for 2015. File photo by Rappler

Aquino's SONA more truthful than Binay's – netizens

Aug 04, 2015 - 11:51 AM

Some netizens noticed the Vice President s silence on the corruption charges against him

Addressing the political dynasty question

Aug 03, 2015 - 6:46 PM

Forcing politicians to self impose limits to their stint in the seat of power has to become the new norm

#SONA2015: Reflections from Cambodia

Aug 02, 2015 - 6:19 PM

In both Cambodia and Philippines we are optimistic about the future yet every single youth just needs to do more to make our collective future brighter

SONA PROTESTS. Thousands of protesters converge in Commonwealth Avenue near the Batasan where the president is delivering his State of the Nation Address. Photo by: Monyneath Reth and Mono Khan/Rappler.com

Dear PNoy, from the boy in your SONA photo

Jul 31, 2015 - 8:24 PM

At a time when people think there is no hope for our country I am reminded not to believe that because I’ve seen that hope first hand; and it’s rooted in its people

Despite SONA 2015 snub, small businesses still gov't priority

Jul 30, 2015 - 8:30 AM

With its remaining time the Aquino administration plans to use APEC and new laws as a platform to push the growth of micro small and medium enterprises in the country

5 years of Aquino: Highs and lows

Jul 28, 2015 - 6:05 PM

Rappler looks back at the most criticized and most applauded statements and actions of President Aquino

LAST SONA. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III smiles during a signing ceremony between Philippine's Department of Trade (DTI) and Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) on business promotion cooperation in Tokyo, Japan, June 2, 2015. File photo by Franck Robichon/EPA

DOTC to MRTH II: Drop case vs MRT3 train cars delivery

Jul 28, 2015 - 5:32 PM

DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya says the riding public deserves a much better MRT3 than what the private owner is providing

Photo from DOTC

Aquino's response to climate change: Action or inaction?

Jul 28, 2015 - 4:57 PM

Ma’am sana makarating itong kwento ko sa mga tao para may gawin na sila

Aquino's 'silence' on human rights adds 'insult to injury'

Jul 28, 2015 - 2:38 PM

Human rights problems have largely been ignored since President Aquino took office in 2010 says a Human Rights Watch dispatch

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his 6th and last State of the Nation Address (SONA) during the Joint Session of the 16th Congress at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives Complex in Constitution Hills, Quezon City on Monday (July 27, 2015). (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Aquino: No promises to make PPP implementation faster

Jul 28, 2015 - 8:30 AM

Instead of discussing actions to prevent delays in the implementation of public private partnership projects President Aquino asks for public s understanding in his last State of the Nation Address

MEETING EXPECTATIONS? The Aquino administration targets to complete 5 PPP projects by mid-2016, but only one has been constructed as of now

Aquino: PH will be 'first-world' within generation if reforms continue

Jul 27, 2015 - 10:00 PM

This is just the beginning you haven’t seen anything yet President Aquino says as he details in his last State of the Nation Address the economic gains under his watch

President Benigno Aquino III delivers his last SONA in the joint session during the 16th congress at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on Monday, July 27, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

No 'headaches' in education for next admin, says Aquino

Jul 27, 2015 - 9:45 PM

President Benigno Aquino III reports about backlogs that have been addressed and programs that help bring children back to school

NO BACKLOGS. Students participate in an activity during the opening of classes at the President Corazon C. Aquino Elementary School in Quezon City. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Netizens describe #SONAin3words

Jul 27, 2015 - 7:53 PM

How would you describe the sixth and final State of the Address SONA of President Benigno Aquino III?

#StoryoftheNation: State of Hacienda Luisita

Jul 27, 2015 - 3:56 PM

Hacienda Luisita – owned by President Aquino s family – is the most famous case study of the alleged failure of the Philippines land reform program

WAITING FOR AGRARIAN RFORM. Farmer activists wait for the Department of Agrarian Reform to decide on disputed land Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac. File photo by Dax Simbol

SONA 2015: The state of Philippine labor under Aquino

Jul 27, 2015 - 3:00 PM

Were laborers among President Benigno Aquino III s bosses?

Photo by Faye Sales/ Rappler

SONA 2015: How Aquino fared in disaster management since Yolanda

Jul 27, 2015 - 1:30 PM

Disaster preparedness efforts of the Aquino administration have improved since Super Typhoon Yolanda and the Visayas earthquake But efforts to rehabilitate disaster hit areas remain wanting

Nancy Binay on her 'boring,' simple SONA 2015 gown

Jul 27, 2015 - 12:47 PM

Nancy Binay says this year s gown designed by Randy Ortiz is boring – that is relative to her headline making gown last year

NANCY BINAY. The senator wears a Randy Ortiz gown to the SONA 2015. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Farmers protest delay in land distribution under Aquino

Jul 27, 2015 - 10:16 AM

Among the farmers present early Monday are those tilling land within Hacienda Luisita the most famous case study of the country s land reform law

POLL: Aquino's last SONA

Jul 25, 2015 - 5:42 PM

UPDATED Netizens share their expectations on SONA2015