SONA 2013 - updates

Rappler's latest stories on SONA 2013


SONA promises: Are our cops better off?

Aug 09, 2014 - 12:00 PM

Has President Aquino delivered on his promises to the Philippine National Police in his 2013 State of the Nation Address?

CHIEF. President Benigno S. Aquino III, accompanied by PNP Chief Director General Alan Purisima, troops the line during the 113th Police Service Anniversary at the PNP Multi-Purpose Center, Camp Crame in Quezon City on Friday, August 9. Photo by Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino's SONA speeches through the years

Jul 29, 2014 - 7:00 PM

Aquino s first SONA lasted 36 minutes and generated 32 rounds of applause His last one was an hour and 30 minutes long with 85 rounds of applause

5TH SONA. President Benigno Aquino III delivers this year his 2nd to the last State of the Nation Address. Photo by Rappler

LOOKING BACK: Aquino's 2013 SONA in moods

Jul 27, 2014 - 12:19 AM

The President got the most number of Inspired votes after his statements on civic responsibility Jesse Robredo his vow to go after corrupt policemen and Tuwid na Daan

What happened to priority bills from SONA 2013? Not much

Jul 26, 2014 - 8:15 AM

In his 2013 State of the Nation Address President Aquino 11 bills to pass and laws to review and amend immediately See the status of each one year on

Top 10 stories behind the moods of 2013

Dec 31, 2013 - 4:59 PM

Let s look back at eventful and emotional 2013

CHR to anti-SONA groups: Government respects your rights

Jul 25, 2013 - 3:42 PM

Commission on Human Rights chair Etta Rosales says the government of President Aquino respects the right to assemble of the people

The President as cheerleader

Jul 25, 2013 - 3:18 PM

Without addressing criticisms and controversies the SONA renders the demands of citizens invisible

Miriam to Aquino: Why silent on pork?

Jul 24, 2013 - 10:23 AM

Sen Miriam Defensor Santiago criticizes Aquino s silence on the pork barrel scam and his 2 hour long SONA

DAANG MATUWID? Sen Miriam Defensor Santiago says President Aquino should have discussed the pork barrel scam in his SONA to be true to his anti-corruption crusade. File photo by Rappler/Ayee Macaraig

IN PHOTOS: #SONA2013 red carpet

Jul 24, 2013 - 4:17 AM

Here are our picks of the most unforgettable outfits on the red carpet in SONA2013

REP LUCY TORRES-GOMEZ of 4th District Leyte in Randy Ortiz

SONA protesters released

Jul 24, 2013 - 12:26 AM

The police on Tuesday July 23 released 9 protestors detained during the SONA rally in Quezon City on July 22

Foreigner writes open letter to SONA rally's crying cop

Jul 23, 2013 - 11:46 PM

UPDATED A Dutch national who joined the SONA protest gets mixed reactions as photos of him shouting at a policeman goes viral

#SONA2013: Youth groups disappointed

Jul 23, 2013 - 3:01 PM

Different youth groups are disappointed in President Aquino s 4th State of the Nation Address

#PugadBaboy: not SONAis punchline 2

Jul 23, 2013 - 5:00 AM

Officials PNoy reprimanded and the legislators in the pork barrel scam

#PugadBaboy: not SONAis punchline 3

Jul 23, 2013 - 5:00 AM

Coughing clapping tongue lashing and other SONA highlights

#PugadBaboy: not SONAis

Jul 23, 2013 - 5:00 AM

President Aquino Noli De Castro Prisco Nilo and legislators involved in the pork barrel scam

PNoy focuses on inclusive growth

Jul 23, 2013 - 12:40 AM

President Aquino shifts his administration’s focus from anti corruption to “inclusive growth” in his State of the Nation Address


Jul 23, 2013 - 12:13 AM

President Benigno Aquino III delivers his fourth State of the Nation address a progress report on the highlights and accomplishments of his administration

Aquino highlights PPP woes

Jul 22, 2013 - 10:07 PM

President Benigno Aquino III outlines in his State of the Nation Address on July 22 the problems that have plagued the Public Private Partnership scheme his flagship infrastructure program

Rappler Hangout: #DearPNoy

Jul 22, 2013 - 8:31 PM

How can President Benigno Aquino III make the most of his last 3 years in office? Join the Rappler Hangout on SONA2013 July 22 6:30 pm

Aquino shames customs bureau

Jul 22, 2013 - 7:16 PM

President Aquino: Saan po kaya kumukuha ng kapal ng mukha ang mga kawani sa ahensyang ito?

Photo by LeAnne Jazul

Aquino promises growth for all

Jul 22, 2013 - 7:14 PM

President Benigno Aquino III vows his government will continue focusing on improving the lives of the poor as it works toward achieving inclusive growth

INCLUSIVE GROWTH. President Benigno Aquino III reiterates his government's inclusive growth agenda in his 4th SONA on July 22. Photo by Leanne Jazul/

Aquino says reasonable to hike MRT, LRT fares

Jul 22, 2013 - 6:15 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says the government must hike the fares for the Metro Rail Transit MRT 3 and Light Rail Transit LRT 1 and 2 so it can use the subsidy for the rail systems to fund other social services

Pass Bangsamoro law by 2014 - Aquino

Jul 22, 2013 - 5:19 PM

President Aquino says the national government will implement whatever it has committed to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front

BANGSAMORO: President Aquino asks Congress to prioritize Bangsamoro law. Photo by LeAnne Jazul

Father and sons Estrada: Blood thicker than water

Jul 22, 2013 - 3:07 PM

Sen JV Ejercito finally pays a courtesy call on his brother Sen Jinggoy Estrada

COURTESY CALL. Senator Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada welcomes neophyte Senator JV Ejercito to the Senate as the latter pays a courtesy call to his elder brother and colleague before the opening of the First Regular Session of the 16th Congress. Their father former President and now Manila City Mayor Joseph Estrada (also a former Senator) witnesses the occasion. Photo courtesy of the Senate

#SONA2013: The state of public healthcare in the Philippines

Jul 22, 2013 - 2:25 PM

Rappler takes a look back at the Aquino administration s healthcare agenda

62 hurt, 9 detained in SONA rally

Jul 22, 2013 - 2:05 PM

Rocks and eggs fly at the SONA protests in Quezon City

Belmonte still Speaker; Zamora new House Minority Leader

Jul 22, 2013 - 12:29 PM

UPDATED San Juan Rep Ronaldo Zamora wins a tight race for the minority post beating Leyte Rep Ferdinand Martin Romualdez

Drilon: Work hard, win back people's confidence

Jul 22, 2013 - 11:58 AM

New Senate President Franklin Drilon concedes that recent scandals have affected the perception of the people on the Senate

'BIG MAN' ON TOP. Sen Franklin Drilon (C) takes his oath as Senate President during the Senate's first session for the 16th Congress, July 22, 2013. Sen Paolo Benigno Aquino (R) gives the oath.

What is holding back Philippine FDI?

Jul 22, 2013 - 11:39 AM

Philippines stellar economic growth attracts foreign investors but the main issues why job generating capital is still coming in trickles are the 40 foreign ownership limit and red tape

INFOGRAPHIC: Navigating the #SONA2013 microsite

Jul 22, 2013 - 11:01 AM

Here s a handy guide to show show you our SONA2013 microsite s features

HIGHLIGHTS: #SONA2013 red carpet

Jul 22, 2013 - 10:55 AM

Who is wearing the best and worst outfit on the SONA 2013 red carpet? You be the judge

Snapshot: Economy under Aquino

Jul 21, 2013 - 9:18 PM

Take a look at where the economy stood when the President took office in 2010 and what has changed since

Listen to SONA first, Palace tells critics

Jul 21, 2013 - 9:18 PM

Let’s just wait for the SONA to be delivered and you yourselves can listen and understand what’s the intention of the President in his upcoming SONA says presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda

1,200 traffic personnel for SONA

Jul 21, 2013 - 9:35 AM

The number coding scheme will also remain in effect on Monday the Metro Manila Development Authority MMDA said

Youth groups on SONA: Pass FOI bill

Jul 20, 2013 - 4:10 PM

Youth groups expect President Aquino to talk about the Freedom of Information bill in his SONA

Santiago to miss SONA, Senate session

Jul 20, 2013 - 12:04 PM

Due to chronic fatigue syndrome Sen Miriam Defensor Santiago will miss the 2013 SONA and first Senate session

No rallies near Batasan during SONA – QC gov't

Jul 17, 2013 - 10:06 PM

The Quezon City government rejects Bayan s application for a rally permit saying demonstrations will cause traffic jam in the Batasan area

Wealth-sharing deal not rushed for SONA - Palace

Jul 17, 2013 - 7:08 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda says the State of the Nation Address was not even mentioned during the negotiations

TIMELY VISIT. Presidential Adviser to the Peace Process Secretary Teresita Deles and Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda with the peace panels of the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Photo by OPAPP

#DearPNoy: Letters to President Aquino

Jul 17, 2013 - 12:12 PM

If you were given a chance to speak to President Aquino what will you tell him? Tell us using DearPNoy

What's the 'Selfie' of the nation (SONA) like?

Jul 16, 2013 - 10:56 AM

In the days leading the State of the Nation Address SONA why not turn your mobile cameras around and help capture the selfie of the nation?

DOF submits 9 priority legislative measures

Jul 15, 2013 - 5:41 PM

Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima identifies 9 priority measures the executive department will propose to lawmakers when President Benigno Aquino delivers his State of the Nation Address on July 22

PRIORITIES. Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, who heads the economic cluster of the Cabinet, lists 9 priority measures the executive will push in the upcoming 16th Congress. File photo by AFP