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...And 5 things about the economy PNoy would rather sweep under the carpet ...And 5 things about the economy PNoy would rather sweep under the carpet While he may crow about a number of things in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, President Benigno Aquino S. III cannot…

5 things that PNoy can and will boast about the economy in his SONA... 5 things that PNoy can and will boast about the economy in his SONA... Here are the five things that President Aquino can boast about the economy in his State of the Nation Address on Monday: credit ratings upgrade,…

IMF cuts PH economic forecast, warns of slower growth should gov\ IMF cuts PH economic forecast, warns of slower growth should gov't underspending continue The IMF cut its growth forecast for the Philippines to below the government's target, warning that a slowdown in spending creates downside risks.

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MEL STA.MARIA | Why scrutinizing the Judicial Development Fund is not necessarily bad 4:20 pm | ATTY. MEL STA. MARIA MEL STA.MARIA | Why scrutinizing the Judicial Development Fund is not necessarily badJustices of the Supreme Court are still public officials who must be held accountable for their actions. In the US, criticism and investigation of the Justices' official views/decisions and even their personal lives have been accepted as necessary.

BULONG NG KASAYSAYAN | Who was TM Kalaw? Spanish academic tells us he was a nation-builder 3:17 pm | Jorge Mojarro, Special to InterAksyon.com BULONG NG KASAYSAYAN | Who was TM Kalaw? Spanish academic tells us he was a nation-builderIt is said that those who do not know history are bound to repeat it. Spanish academic Jorge Mojarro here delves into the writings of Teodoro M. Kalaw and imagines his reaction to President Aquino's berating of the Supreme Court over its decision on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

Local brokers, save for a few brave souls, escape Uncle Sam's tax-reporting embrace 5:09 am | Vic Agustin, InterAksyon.com Local brokers, save for a few brave souls, escape Uncle Sam\Majority of the local stock brokerages have remained outside the US-mandated reportorial compliance among foreign financial institutions, a worldwide campaign designed to flush out hidden overseas wealth and minimize tax abuse among Americans and green card holders through offshore accounts.

COCKTALES | Ayala in crisis PR mode after getting media flak on privatization contracts 4:19 pm | Victor C. Agustin COCKTALES | Ayala in crisis PR mode after getting media flak on privatization contractsThe country's equivalent of business royalty, the Zobels, have reluctantly allowed the luxury, and the distaste, of securing the services of a crisis PR consultant after lately getting swamped with critical, even downright hostile, comments from the ink-stained community.

ANALYSIS | What MH17 means for Russia and Ukraine 9:47 am | Ian Bremmer, Reuters ANALYSIS | What MH17 means for Russia and UkraineThe downing of MH17 is not as much a sharp turn in the Ukraine conflict as it is an acceleration - shining an international spotlight on this deepening crisis.

MEL STA. MARIA | Understanding The President's Response to the SC's DAP Ruling 8:36 am | Mel Sta. Maria MEL STA. MARIA | Understanding The President\Ultimately, President Aquino alone, more than the Supreme Court or the Legislature, will be blamed for the fortune or misfortunes of the Filipino people during this period. He has to take it on the chin, move on, and search continually for other legal ways to respond to the nation's problems.

PUBLISHED | Full text of President Aquino's National Address on DAP 7:12 pm | President Benigno Simeon Aquino III PUBLISHED | Full text of President Aquino\At 6pm Monday, July 14, 2014, President Benigno S. Aquino III spoke on national television to address issues connected with the Disbursement Acceleration Program which the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional. He justified it and said the government is filing a Motion for Reconsideration.

JESSICA ZAFRA | 'Priscilla, Queen of the Desert' - Liberated by Disco 12:21 pm | Jessica Zafra JESSICA ZAFRA | \We caught the second-to-the-last show of 'Priscilla, Queen of the Desert' at Resorts World Manila, and were much impressed. The actors who play the drag queens are the stars, but the music carries the show, and the show would not exist without the Divas who bring disco to life.

COCKTALES | Justices dis-Grace Pulido-Tan, Jardeleza over altered affidavit, tax-evasion case delay 1:10 am | Vic Agustin, InterAksyon.com Candidate Supreme Court justice Maria Gracia Pulido-Tan has received the equivalent of a legal spanking after the chairman of the Commission on Audit submitted a "blatantly falsified" and antedated affidavit of a notary public attached to a COA petition.

OPINION | US missed opportunity to ease tensions with China 10:50 am | David Gordon, Reuters OPINION | US missed opportunity to ease tensions with ChinaThe US administration passed up a chance to advance and elevate the US-China Bilateral Investment Treaty which could have yielded major economic benefits and had positive spillover effects on the strategic issues vexing both countries.

TAPOS NA MASASAYANG ARAW? The fall of the great power that's America 7:42 am | Amado Mendoza, InterAksyon.com TAPOS NA MASASAYANG ARAW? The fall of the great power that\Americans cannot seem to adjust to the glaring fact that US hegemony is going down the drain; that America cannot get all that it wants or wishes for in today's world even if it is still the most dominant military power.

EDITORIAL | Why Butch Abad should resign, and why PNoy should let him go 12:25 pm | InterAksyon.com EDITORIAL | Why Butch Abad should resign, and why PNoy should let him goThe stubborn position of Malacanang - which propounds that there are no regrets, no need to apologize, and no one to be held accountable - is untenable. It is an arrogant statement at best. At worst, it perilously asks for more trouble for all of us.

COMMENTARY | Why the DAP is economically irrational 4:19 pm | Sonny Africa, IBON Features COMMENTARY | Why the DAP is economically irrationalThe DAP did not stimulate the economy: it did not contribute to one-fourth of the 2011 growth as claimed, it is not large enough to have an impact on the whole economy, and it was not spent on projects that immediately boost consumer and investment spending.