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Aquino tears up
in his 5th Sona

President Aquino choked up, surprising his audience, and left not a dry eye in the house as he wrapped up his fifth State of the Nation Address (Sona) talking about his parents who fought for democracy, the legacy they left,…

91 minutes, 85
rounds of applause

Length: 91 minutes interrupted by at least 85 rounds of applause. Not the longest Sona: Last year’s Sona was 102 minutes long. Thanked foreign donors for their assistance during Super Typhoon Yolanda and garnered one of speech’s longer applauses. …

Ex-Aquino backers
turn backs on him

People not known to join past protest actions against President Aquino, such as award-winning scriptwriter Ricky Lee and satirist Mae Paner (aka Juana Change), were at a huge rally against the President’s fifth State of the Nation Address on Monday. …

Battle between
yellow, peach

A battle between yellow and peach on the red carpet of the House of Representatives marked the President’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday, delivered as he faced an impeachment threat and all-time low public approval ratings. …

Aquino recalls
major disasters
in fifth Sona

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 –…

Sona 2014
(Full script)

[Delivered at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives, Batasang Pambansa Complex, Quezon City, on July 28, 2014]…

Abu gunmen kill
21 in Sulu attack

The celebration of Eidl Fitr, the end of the monthlong Ramadan fast among Muslims, turned into a bloodbath on Monday when Abu Sayyaf bandits fired on two passenger jeepneys, killing 21 persons and wounding 11 others in the municipality of…

Sona draws cheers,
jeers from netizens

They are the bosses of President Benigno Aquino III and what better way to air their sentiments than through the majestic power of social media.…

Aquino extols DAP
in opening his Sona

President Benigno Aquino III on Monday started his State of the Nation Address boasting of the benefits of the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), which was declared partly unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.…

Congress opens

Gavels were banged as the second regular session of the 16th Congress opened Monday morning, six hours ahead of the fifth national address of President Benigno Aquino III.…

Justifying DAP is
Aquino’s undoing

With President Benigno Aquino defending the legality of the Disbursement Acceleration Program on various occasions, one of his ardent critics said justifying it has been the Chief Executive’s worst flaw.…

Controversial bills
still pending

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. cited controversial measures pending in the 16th Congress, such as charter change, freedom of information (FOI) and anti-political dynasty in his speech at the opening of the lower chamber’s second regular session.…

Aquino’s diplomatic

As President Benigno Aquino III addresses the nation once again, looks back at the diplomatic nightmares he faced.…

PH evacuates
embassy in Libya

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has evacuated some staff of the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli, Libya as fighting intensified between rival militias.…

Aquino gets share
of natural disasters

In one fell swoop, a super typhoon of unprecedented strength converted Eastern Visayas into a wasteland. Nearly a month before, a titanic earthquake brought down centuries-old churches in Bohol. Eight months later, blasts of air shut down Metro Manila. …


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