MANILA, JULY 21, 2012 (MANILA STANDARD) By Macon Ramos-Araneta - With the preparations for President Benigno Aquino III’s State of the Nation Address in full swing, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said he wanted to hear the Chief Executive talk about his visions for the country’s economy, while Senator Loren Legarda renewed her call to place disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation high on the list of national government programs.

“The President should talk about his economic directions for the country and our national security program,” said Enrile, the defense minister when Ferdinand Marcos was President.

Senator Ramon Revilla Jr. said he wanted the President to discuss his plans and policy on how to proceed with the Philippines’ relations with China.

Legarda said the President should aim to create a culture of responsible citizenship and responsible governance.

“A fundamental way to institute this reform is to lead the road to disaster-resilient governance pursuing a comprehensive program that will address the ill effects of disasters and climate change on health, agriculture and fisheries, jobs and livelihoods, natural resources and energy,” Legarda said.

In other developments:

• The leftist group Anakbayan on Thursday slammed the Quezon City government for refusing to give it a permit to protest during President Aquino’s State-of-the-Nation Address.

• The Quezon City government, meanwhile, suspended classes in 29 public schools on July 23, the date of Mr. Aquino’s speech.

Legarda, chairman of the senate committee on climate change, said the Philippines was the world’s most disaster-hit country in 2011 as reported by the Citizens’ Disaster Response Center.

She said disasters last year cost the country P26 billion and displaced a record 15.3 million people

“How can we achieve our collective aim for economic development and deliver the benefits our people long deserve, when every passing year, disasters… claim countless lives and ruin our communities and livelihoods?” Legarda said.

She cited Mr. Aquino’s priority projects on climate change adaptation and mitigation, but much remained to be done.

She said the National Greening Program, the National Renewable Energy Program, the Project NOAH and the Geo-Hazard Mapping Project were welcome developments in the country’s efforts to build disaster and climate-resilient communities.

Revilla, meanwhile, said the President should have a clear stand and a concrete plan of action to address the problems in trade, tourism and national security. With Gigi Muñoz-David and Rio N. Araja


PNP to deploy around 3,000 cops for PNoy's SONA ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 07/13/2012 4:05 PM | Updated as of 07/13/2012 6:38 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang is working on the fifth draft of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Aquino which he is set to deliver on July 23.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the SONA, the third for Aquino, continues to be a work in progress.

Valte said 22 out of 32 bills Aquino mentioned in his previous SONA have advanced in Congress, with more than 10 already on third reading.

Meanwhile, at least 400 soldiers will be on standby to secure the Batasan Complex in Quezon City.

Major Warden Zamora Jr. of the Standing Joint Task Force - National Capital Region said troops are ready to support the Philippine National Police, which is in charge of security.

The military sees no threat ahead of the president's SONA and only expects demonstrations. However, it remains on alert for criminals who may want to disrupt the event.

Meanwhile, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Alan Purisima said some 3,000 policemen will be deployed in critical areas in Quezon City on the day of the SONA.

An additional 4,000 policemen from regions 1, 2, 3, 4-A and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) will also be on standby.

Purisima said the no permit, no rally policy will be strictly implemented. – ANC; with a report from Doland Castro, ABS-CBN News


A proposed draft of Noynoy Aquino’s 3rd Official State of the Nation Address (SONA) to be delivered to Congress July 23, 2012 by benign0

My dear countrymen, members of Congress, honourable House Speaker, Senate President, and Chief Justice, ladies and gentlemen of the diplomatic corps:

Today I stand before you triumphant.

A major hurdle to the implementation of my campaign promise to rid the Philippine government of corruption has been eliminated.

I am pleased to report that we have succeeded in our two-year-long project to remove Renato Corona from the office of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and, as such, pave the way for our putting in place a Supreme Court team who will be more supportive of my efforts to implement the doctrine of the straight-and-narrow road or daang matuwid that I envision will come to characterise governance in the Philippines in subsequent years.

To you I offer this New Order which I, your humble leader and servant, will preside over with an uncompromising focus on the highest degree of transparency and the lowest tolerance for deviance from what the law allows.

Before I move on to the other aspects of the past year that I would like to highlight, time permitting, I would like to thank a few people who have stood behind this worthwhile endeavour; this being the crowning achievement of my administration this fiscal year.

On behalf of the Filipino people, I would firstly like to thank the honourable 188 members of the House of Representatives whose expeditious pushing and signing of the complaint which articulates no less than eight Articles of Impeachment against Renato Corona made this whole enterprise possible. Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for rallying around this worthwhile cause.

Second, to the formidable legal minds of our prosecution team headed by Representative Niel Tupas Jr and augmented by a top-notch contingent from ABS-CBN who executed the complaint and lent substance to its allegations, this I have to say: I stand among my people as they salute your expert management of all the intricacies of this complex but due process. Maraming salamat po.

Third, our heartfelt gratitude goes out to the ladies and gentlemen of the honourable Senate of our Republic who took up their roles as judges in this important exercise with dignity and integrity and demonstrated to the world that Filipinos can evaluate issues of utmost consequence to their long-term future with critical and fair minds.

We appreciate the highly-political nature of the challenges you faced and admire the brilliant manner with which you balanced this with the absolute rigour that this quasi-judicial edifice you had built for this momentous occasion demands that you demonstrate. Thank you, your honours, for conducting this fair trial and following through with a fair conviction.

Fourth, I would like to express my deep appreciation for the heroic role our media organisations and practitioners played in obtaining and delivering relevant, balanced, and high-quality information to our people in a timely manner.

Your proud enterprises and the dedicated team of professionals who bring these to life remain a pillar of the good governance that can only be made possible by citizens who are well-informed. I look forward to continuing our partnership in shaping the Filipino mind for the greater good of country and the glory of our Roman Catholic Lord.

Last but not least, thank you to my bosses — my fellow Filipinos.

Without the motivation you give to your representatives in government to do what they do and to the media to broadcast what they broadcast, suffice to say the outcome of this noble effort to bring honour back to the Philippine Supreme Court would have been a whole lot different and the straight and narrow governance that you deserve will not have come to fruition.

We in government are proud to be spitting image reflections of the character of the people we serve.

With that I humbly close my report to you for the year in governance that has passed. To have achieved all of this just a year shy of the midway point of my administration is, if I do say so myself, an exceptional feat.

I could not have done it alone — not without the brilliant men and women who form my cabinet and certainly not without you, my esteemed boss.

My parents who I am sure look upon us from their eternal home in heaven are very likely glowing with pride.

I too humbly stand here before you, albeit with my own pride paled by the glow coming from both above and from the homes of every proud Filipino.

The road ahead, ladies and gentlemen, is still a long one. But I assure you now that it will be a straight one.

Thank you.

[The above is the author's unsolicited proposed draft of Noynoy Aquino's 3rd Official State of the Nation Address (SONA) to be delivered to Congress July 23, 2012.]


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