TODAY'S OPINION HEADLINES

MEL STA.MARIA | Why we still listened to the President's SONA 11:35 am | MEL STA.MARIA MEL STA.MARIA | Why we still listened to the President\We understand his position gives him a vantage point of knowing things we do not know. And that he will not intentionally commit acts prejudicial to the country. We listen because we know that we now live in a complicated world where every decision taken may mean rapid results, irrevocable effects.

JESSICA ZAFRA | SWOT Analysis: PNoy's Last SONA 10:45 am | JESSICA ZAFRA JESSICA ZAFRA | SWOT Analysis: PNoy\This is a review of the State of the Nation Address delivered by President Benigno S. Aquino III on 27 July 2015. We are evaluating the speech, not the President—everyone is already doing that.

FULL TEXT, SONA 2015 | Aquino instructs, blames, chides, gives thanks in final address to Congress 6:56 pm | President Benigno Aquino III, Republic of the Philippines FULL TEXT, SONA 2015 | Aquino instructs, blames, chides, gives thanks in final address to CongressIn a speech that ran for more than two hours and used over a dozen video clips, President Aquino delivered his sixth and final SONA before the 16th Congress. He listed priority bills; blamed his predecessor; thanked his Cabinet and dubbed the 2016 polls a referendum on Daang Matuwid.

STATE OF PEOPLE'S ADDRESS | 8 key areas that describe where the Philippines is now 2:18 pm | Eduardo C. Tadem, Freedom from Debt Coalition STATE OF PEOPLE\Eduardo C. Tadem, presented this State of the People’s Address last week at the Asian Center in UP Diliman. Here, he describes eight important aspects of Philippine society by which the administration of President Aquino may be measured.

Pride, marriage equality, and LGBTIQ liberation in the Philippines 11:02 pm | Naomi Fontanos, Special to InterAksyon.com Pride, marriage equality, and LGBTIQ liberation in the PhilippinesWhile the LGBTIQ human rights movements in the US and the Philippines have come a long way, undeniably, so much more needs to be done. The truth is, the LGBTIQ movement here has barely scratched the surface in its fight to secure civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights for all.

MARIE YUVIENCO | The mourning after 1:26 pm | MARIE YUVIENCO MARIE YUVIENCO | The mourning afterAndal Ampatuan Sr.'s passing gives no closure to the victims' families because the trial ends as to him and so his level of participation in the worst instance of election-related violence in Philippine history will never be settled. In a sense, his death robbed the victims’ families of justice.

What is future of China-PH relations? 21st Century will be Pacific Century, Part 1 of 4 12:18 pm | Cesar Polvorosa Jr., Special to InterAksyon.com What is future of China-PH relations? 21st Century will be Pacific Century, Part 1 of 4Cesar Polvorosa Jr., a professor of economics and world geography in Canada, details key aspects of China's history that can help produce insights into the dynamics of the rising superpower's possible future relations with its neighbors, specifically the Philippines.

Why China is apprehensive about Japan's entry into West PH Sea, Part 3 of 3 6:10 am | Jose Antonio Custodio, Special to InterAksyon.com Why China is apprehensive about Japan\Japan and the Philippines now have joint military exercises in a move seen to counter China's unfair expansion into the West Philippine Sea. In this piece, military historian Jose Antonio Custodio probes the psyche of the Japanese military.

OPINION | Govt should brook no more delays in massacre trial after Ampatuan patriarch's death 8:39 am | Carlos H. Conde, Human Rights Watch OPINION | Govt should brook no more delays in massacre trial after Ampatuan patriarch\The death of Andal Ampatuan Sr. deprives forever the families of the victims the full measure of justice for their loss.

FOCUS | China's corporate debt threat makes stock market crisis seem like child's play 7:18 pm | Umesh Desai, Reuters FOCUS | China\Beijing may have averted a crisis in its stock markets with heavy-handed intervention, but the world's biggest corporate debt pile - $16.1 trillion and rising - is a much greater threat to its slowing economy and will not be so easily managed.

STATEMENT | PH Senate should probe Subic base lease agreement - Bayan 1:15 pm | InterAksyon.com STATEMENT | PH Senate should probe Subic base lease agreement - BayanAfter the Philippine military and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority agreed to a 15-year lease agreement, militant group Bayan issues this statement asking the Senate to investigate the deal.

The strength of Japan: the second type of island-nation mentality, Part 2 of 3 6:22 am | Jose Antonio Custodio, Special to InterAksyon.com The strength of Japan: the second type of island-nation mentality, Part 2 of 3Japan and the Philippines now have joint military exercises in a move seen to counter China's unfair expansion into the West Philippine Sea. In this piece, military historian Jose Antonio Custodio probes the psyche of the Japanese military.

Japan in WPS: Beyond China evoking World War II atrocities, Part 1 of 3 9:53 am | Jose Antonio Custodio, Special to InterAksyon.com Japan in WPS: Beyond China evoking World War II atrocities, Part 1 of 3Japan and the Philippines now have joint military exercises in a move seen to counter China's unfair expansion into the West Philippine Sea. In this piece, military historian Jose Antonio Custodio goes back to World War II to understand Japan's growing military role in the region.