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VIDEO | Binay TSONA blasts Administration's 'incompetence, thievery'

UPDATED, WITH VIDEO - VP Binay delivers his alternative 'True SONA' describing the Disbursement Acceleration Program as the budget master scam where only one centavo out of each peso in DAP funds was for the poor.

SONA FASHION TIMELINE | The way they ‘wear,’ guess who got voted ‘most improved’

The fashion experts have spoken.

VIDEO | PNP to file charges vs militants who mauled undercover cops

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is bent on filing charges against militants for mauling undercover policemen who were monitoring the protest movement outside the Batasan Pambansa before President Aquino delivered his last State of the Nation Address on Monday.

VIDEO | Postscript on SONA 2015: too many details, but silent where it mattered

It was the longest State of the Nation Address (SONA), but it was criticized more for what it glaringly omitted while lavishing so much attention on details that analysts thought would have been better kept out or at least trimmed.

Malacañang assures President Aquino is in good health

The Palace on Tuesday assured the public that President Benigno Aquino III’s overall health condition is good.

Palace: FOI bill remains on priority list; transparency measures put in place

Despite drawing flak for what critics called the glaring omission of mention of the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill among his priority measures, the Aquino administration is hopeful of its eventual approval by lawmakers, a Palace official said Tuesday.

DOTC wants MRT-3 owner to drop raps vs. addition of 48 train cars

Taking its cue from President Benigno S. Aquino III’s last State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) on Tuesday urged the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) owner to drop its bid to stop the addition of 48 new train cars to the rail system.

Aquino's SONA stats need fact-checking – Marcos

Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. says the figures and statistics cited by President Aquino were surprising, 'because they seem to diverge from what we are seeing on the ground.'

VIDEO | VP Binay scowling no more after SONA snub, rebuke; promises own speech 'in due time'

UPDATED WITH VIDEO-A smiling VP Binay faced the press Tuesday morning, after ignoring interview requests Monday as he left the Batasan complex, where the President's SONA thanked everyone in his Cabinet except Binay, whom he chided - without naming him - for criticizing his administration.

From Marikina shoes to Lumban embroidery, here’s why the SONA red carpet is here to stay

Besides the big-name designers, attention was also placed on the craftsmanship of local artisans.

MEL STA.MARIA | Why we still listened to the President's SONA

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.


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.

HRW on SONA2015: Why silent on human rights?

The international group Human Rights Watch is troubled by the failure of President Aquino to mention the state of human rights in the Philippines during his last State of the Nation Address Monday.

President Aquino's SONA2015, a rebuke of Binays?

Was President Aquino's last State of the Nation Address a rebuke of the Binays? Political observers here believe so.

Tiangco to President Aquino: Don't take full credit on CCT, as GMA started it

Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco on Monday assailed President Aquino for taking full credit on the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program when it was started during the Arroyo administration.

#SONA2015 | 2016 polls would be ultimate referendum of ‘Daang Matuwid’ - President Aquino

President Aquino said the upcoming 2016 national elections would be a gauge of his "Daang Matuwid" platform even as he urged Filipinos to make his reforms a "way of life" that will ultimately pave the way for the Philippines into becoming a first world country in the next generation.

Militant lawmakers raise a ruckus at SONA, are booed by Senate President

When the Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives raised banners and jeered at the end of the SONA, Senate President Franklin Drilon grabbed the microphone and booed the protesters.

VIDEO, SONA2015 | Aquino pays tribute to Jessie Robredo

President Aquino reserves respectful words of tribute for the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, who died in a plane crash in 2012, 'who serves as an inspiration to us all, up to now.'

6 SONAs, 2.2 hours, 12,095 words, and still no mention of FOI

In the longest State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Philippine history, President Benigno Aquino III thanked his Cabinet, his supporters, and even the people behind his hair and wardrobe, but glaringly omitted mention of what many had deemed a cornerstone policy to institutionalize Daang Matuwid.

FULL TEXT, SONA 2015 | Aquino instructs, blames, chides, gives thanks in final address to Congress

In 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.

GALLERY | 4,000 protest PNoy's SONA in the streets of Cagayan de Oro City

Around 4,000 people from different towns of Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon marched down the streets of this city to protest the last State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Benigno Aquino III.

VIDEO, SONA2015 | Aquino rationalizes the K-to-12 basic education program

President Aquino mentions in his State of the Nation Address that his administration adopted K-to-12 because it is not practical to cram knowledge into a 10-year basic education program.

VIDEO, SONA2015 | Aquino lays out AFP modernization roadmap in the face of sea dispute

President Aquino lists salient items expected to come as part of the Armed Forces of the Philippines modernization program during the course of his State of the Nation Address.

VIDEO, SONA2015 | Pres. Aquino praises DOTC Secretary Abaya in face of criticisms

In his 2015 State of the Nation Address, President Aquino shares some warm praise for Department of Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya in the face of criticisms due to the public's travails in using the MRT.

VIDEO, SONA2015 | PNoy cites more returning OFWs, lower unemployment in #SONAnaman

President Aquino in his 2015 State of the Nation Address cited higher number of Overseas Filipino Workers deciding to return for good, testimony to higher confidence about the country's economy.

VIDEO, SONA2015 | PNoy in #SONAnaman explains why he ran for the presidency in 2010

President Aquino cites the prodding from Alex Lacson, a supporter, who urged him: 'Mr. President, thank you for heeding the call of our people in 2010.'

SONA 2015 FASHION | First look: Subdued and understated gowns prevail at red carpet walk

Understated elegance wins.

PNOY'S LAST SONA | Aquino lists priority bills, blames GMA again, thanks 'Daang Matuwid' partners

(UPDATE 3 - 6:29 p.m.) President Benigno S. Aquino III used his last SONA to list the priority legislation he wants Congress to pass until the end of his term, blame much of his problems on his predecessor, and thank his Cabinet for helping him fulfill the promise of 'Daang Matuwid.'

Nancy: Despite souring of ties, Binays still support PNoy

Senator Nancy Binay assures her family's full support for all initiatives of President Aquino that will benefit the nation despite his soured relationship with her father, Vice President Jejomar Binay.

VIDEO | 'MRT PA RIN': Poe echoes warning PNoy's achievements will be buried by train mess

(UPDATED - 4:25 p.m.) She declined, out of respect, to give an arbitrary scorecard for President Aquino until after he has delivered his final SONA, but Sen. Grace Poe echoed a warning that much of what he has achieved the past five years will be buried by public anger over the MRT woes.

SONA 2015 | While you were waiting: 10 scenes at the red carpet walk

Here's a behind-the-scenes look at this year's SONA 2015 event.

STATE OF PEOPLE'S ADDRESS | 8 key areas that describe where the Philippines is now

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.

Nancy, Bongbong don't see trickle-down of economic gains

Senators Nancy Binay and Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos say absolute economic growth, notwithstanding, the majority of the Filipino people do not feel the benefits of the gains being attributed to the Aquino administration.

Drilon vows passage of more laws to uplift Filipino lives, improve governance

Senate President Franklin Drilon on Monday vowed to shepherd the passage of more laws to uplift the conditions of Filipinos and improve governance.

Belmonte: 16th Congress marked by 'credibility'

House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte says the work of Congress in the last five years during the administration of President Benigno Aquino III has restored its credibility locally and around the globe.

Senate opens session with 5 senators absent; Drilon lists priority measures

Senate President Franklin Drilon on Monday morning formally opened the 3rd regular session of the 16th Congress without Senators Miriam Defensor Santiago, Serge Osmena II, and detained Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, and Ramon Revilla Jr.

Philippine share prices slide ahead of President Aquino's final SONA

(UPDATED 8:11 p.m.) Decliners edged out advancers, 123 to 44.

VIDEO | Take a peek at the designer gowns you'll see at SONA 2015 today

Here's a preview of the designer gowns that the country's solons will be wearing today.

SONA 2015 COCKTAIL MENU | No more baked ham, but there’ll be Black Angus this year

The post-SONA 2015 cocktail party costs more than Php500,000.

Filipinos will be 'smarter' in choosing next president, Aquino 'not nice' to Marcoses - Rep. Imelda

Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos said she believes the Filipinos will be "smarter" in choosing their next leader after the presidency of President Benigno Aquino, who she added "has not been nice" to her family.

STATS IN EMOTICONS | Is President Aquino close to attaining 6-year development plan targets?

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the Aquino administration overall has a good chance of accomplishing its medium-term targets by 2016.

#WALANGPASOK | Classes at all levels, work in provincial govt in Albay suspended after 12 noon

Albay Governor Joey Sarte Salceda has suspended classes in both public and private schools after 12 p.m. on Monday for all levels and all areas in Albay, "as both private-public school students must have equal opportunity to learn a lesson."

Thunderstorms possible on SONA Monday - Pagasa

Thunderstorms may punctuate President Benigno Aquino III's delivery of his sixth and final State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said.

PNoy gov't's inadequate program to combat HIV/AIDS hit amid worsening epidemic

The HIV/AIDS program of the soon-to-end Aquino administration still has a lot of gaps to fill, from aspects of intervention measures and funding right down to public information and awareness initiatives.

NAMUNDOK SI DOK | Gov't doctor shortage prompts physician to take road less traveled

Doctors earn big, ride in flashy cars, and live in charming homes. But not Dax Edward Nofuente. The 33-year-old physician earns a monthly income of only six figures, rides a low-cost motorbike, and often eats in cheap food stalls or carinderia.

'ARAW-ARAW MAHAL NA ARAW' | A working mom's agony of riding the MRT

Each day in Emelita Yabut's life is quite the same as the next: eight hours of work, four hours of sleep, and eight hours of commuting, including lining up and riding the MRT four hours a day. "Parang replay lang ang buhay ko," she says.

MMDA fielding 1,400 traffic constables; issues SONA alternative routes, road closure alert

Besides the 7,000 policemen deployed Monday for SONA, some 1,400 personnel, including traffic constables, will be fielded by the MMDA, which also issued alternative traffic routes for motorists wishing to avoid the congestion as everyone - including thousands of protesters - head for the Batasan.

VIDEO | Security, traffic preparations all set for PNoy's 6th SONA - PNP

UPDATED WITH VIDEO - Security and traffic preparations are all set when President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his sixth State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City on Monday, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.

PRELUDE TO LAST SONA | Aquino struggles with legacy as clout fades

Philippine President Benigno Aquino addresses parliament for the last time on Monday, racing to secure fragile legacies of peace in the war-torn south and a stronger economy.

'SONA IS POETRY, BUDGET IS PROSE' | Recto draws attention to SONA technical report, 2016 GAA

Two important documents submitted after the State of the Nation Address (SONA) are as important as the SONA itself, 'and in fact are better tools in assessing the state of the nation.' Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto asserted on Sunday.

GANTT CHART | Robust pipeline of PPP projects ahead of President Aquino's final SONA

From the 11 initially offered to investors, the PPP pipeline has increased to more than 50.

SONA ILLUSTRATED | The State of the Nation in Effigies

For the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC), one of the biggest NGOs that were formed after the 1986 EDSA Revolt, only a special kind of effigy best conveys the angry mood of people feeling shortchanged by this administration.

Before PNoy's last SONA, ARMM reiterates support for new Bangsamoro govt, calls for changes to BBL

Officials and civil society groups from the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) reiterated their support for the creation of a new Bangsamoro government Friday, three days before President Benigno Aquino III is expected to highlight the measure in his last State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Protest groups spoof SONA merienda menu

Cause-oriented groups come out with a spoof menu inspired by disclosure of the reception menu planned for the occasion of the State of the Nation Address this Monday at the Batasang Pambansa.

VIDEO | Traffic rerouting plan, class suspensions and preparations for SONA2015

Demonstrators as well as police forces are busy with preparations for the last State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Benigno Aquino III on Monday, with the MMDA announcing a traffic rerouting plan and the DepEd suspending classes around the vicinity of the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City.

FOCUS | Which Millennium Development Goals is the PH likely to meet?

Which Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is the Philippines likely to meet by the time these are replaced by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September?

Veritas poll: Nearly half of Filipinos think PNoy failed in 'Daang Matuwid' promise

Nearly half (46%) of Filipinos believe President Benigno S. Aquino III failed in his campaign promise of 'Matuwid na Daan,' the theme that he continues to banner in the run-up to his last State of the Nation Address on July 27, a survey by Catholic-run Radio Veritas said.

#SONA2015 | House of Representatives preparations are all green-and-go

It's all-systems-go for the State of the Nation Address this coming Monday, as far as the House of Representatives is concerned, right down to the dinner menu.

'MRT-RIK' A BAD LEGACY | Recto says transport mess could negate PNoy's feat in boosting growth

Higher economic growth and other reforms touted by the Aquino administration will be for naught if President Benigno Aquino III fails to get his men to fix the mess at the transportation sector, especially the MRT3, the champion of the public train system in the Senate said Tuesday.

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