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FINAL SONA: 46 ITEMS MENTIONED IN P-NOY's LAST STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS


JULY 27 ---President Benigno Aquino III delivered on Monday afternoon his sixth and last State of the Nation Address. Here are 46 things he talked about in his last speech before Congress: 1. Stopped the culture of "wangwang" since he assumed his post as president 2. Inauguration of the Cavite-Muntinlupa Expressway; private sector's willingness working with the government in public-private partnerships 3. Previous administration's 'false achievements' and anomalies 4. Decision to run as president after the death of his mother, former President Corazon Aquino CONTINUE READING...

ALSO TOOK A SWIPE AT VP: PNoy responds to 'Gaganda ang buhay' slogan: E di wow!


JULY 27 ---In his last State of the Nation Address, President Aquino said his foes are only giving empty promises since they have not laid out their plans for the country. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando President Benigno Aquino III on Monday took an apparent swipe at Vice President for criticizing the administration and for supposedly giving empty promises ahead of the 2016 polls. During his final State of the Nation Address, Aquino said there are still people opposing his governance despite the country's achievements under his watch. Aquino did not name Binay, but he singled out the vice president's recent remarks that the government has been slow in addressing the country's woes. The president also cited Binay's campaign slogan "Gaganda ang buhay." READ MORE...

ALSO: Binay, Poe, Roxas get screen time as PNoy talks 2016


JULY 27 --Vice President Jejomay Binay, Sen. Grace Poe and Interior Secretary Mar Roxas. The three officials were seen smiling as the audience inside the plenary hall cheered in amusement.
The spotlight was briefly put on three potential candidates in the presidential race when President Benigno Aquino III talked about the 2016 elections on Monday.In his final State of the Nation Address, Aquino reminded Filipinos to continue treading the "Daang Matuwid" or straight path after he steps down next year. "Kung magtutuloy ang Daang Matuwid, sa loob ng isang henerasyon, first world na raw po tayo," the president said. "Kung tayo'y babalik sa baluktot, habambuhay tayong mag-aabang sa wala," he added. READ MORE...


ALSO PNoy: Pass anti-dynasty law to stop corrupt families


JULY 27 ---"Panahon na para ipasa ang isang Anti-Dynasty Law," President Benigno Aquino III said in his final State of the Nation Address.
President Benigno Aquino III called for the passage of an anti-dynasty law during his final State of the Nation Address on Monday. In his speech, Aquino said there is something inherently wrong in giving a corrupt family or individual an indefinite monopoly of public office. "May mali sa pagbibigay ng pagkakataong habambuhay na magpakasasa sa kapangyarihan ang isang tiwaling pamilya o indibidwal," Aquino said. Aquino said it was the same reason why he bucked earlier calls for him to seek another term. "Panahon na para ipasa ang isang Anti-Dynasty Law," Aquino said.READ MORE...

ALSO: Aquino responds to Binay's 'palpak, manhid' tirades


JULY 27 --Vice President Jejomar Binay called the Aquino administration inept and insensitive during a televised speech after his resignation from the Cabinet. He is seen here arriving at the plenary hall of the Congress building in Quezon City. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando
President Benigno Aquino III on Monday responded to Vice President Jejomar Binay's criticisms of the administration. In his final State of the Nation Address attended by Binay, Aquino touted the government's achievements in the health sector that have helped poor Filipinos. Aquino said the number of PhilHealth beneficiaries reached 89.4 million in June. Since 2014, the poorest 40 percent of the population has also enjoyed free treatment in public hospitals, he added. "Ito po 'yung pagkalingang tinatawag ng iba na palpak at manhid," Aquino said. Binay called the Aquino administration inept and insensitive during a televised speech after his resignation from the Cabinet. The vice president severed his ties with Aquino after failing to get his endorsement for next year's elections. Despite his attacks, Binay was still recognized by Aquino at the start of his speech. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Aquino takes pride in economic gains under his watch


JULY 27 ---As expected, President Benigno Aquino III trumpeted the country's economic achievements under his watch during his final State of the Nation Address on Monday. Aquino reiterated that the Philippines has become "Asia's Rising Tiger" and "Asia's Bright Spot" during his term. "Talagang napakalaki na nang pagbabago," Aquino said. The president cited the investment grades received by the country from various credit rating agencies and the record high $6.2-billion net foreign direct investments in the country. Aquino also touted the P2-trillion domestic investment since 2010 and the 3-percent average growth in the manufacturing sector from 2001 to 2009. He also boasted of the decline in the country's unemployment rate to a decade-low 6.8 percent and of the decrease in the number of overseas Filipino workers from 9.51 million in 2011 to 9.07 million on 2014. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Aquino still lambasting Arroyo admin in final SONA


JULY 27 ---Aquino started his sixth SONA by citing some of his accomplishments against the alleged failures of the previous administration. File photo
President Benigno Aquino III still lambasted the past administration in his final State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday. Aquino started his sixth SONA by citing some of his accomplishments such as the newly opened Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway. He then proceeded by mentioning the political scandals that hounded his predecessor, former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Among the controversies that the president cited were the Fertilizer Fund scam, the NBI-ZTE deal and the Hello Garci scandal. "Noong mga panahong iyon, miski bata, natutuhan na ang salitang 'scam,'" Aquino said. "Pag-upo naman natin sa puwesto, sunud-sunod nating diskubre ang kalokohan ng ating pinalitan," he also said. Aquino is also expected to tout the country's economic gains under his watch. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.


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46 items mentioned in PNoy's last SONA


Philippine President Benigno Aquino III delivers his last State of the Nation Address during the joint session of the 16th Congress at the House of Representatives in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines on Monday, July 27, 2015. AP Photo/Aaron Favila

MANILA, JULY 30, 2015 (PHILSTAR) Monday July 27, 2015 - President Benigno Aquino III delivered on Monday afternoon his sixth and last State of the Nation Address.
Here are 46 things he talked about in his last speech before Congress:

1. Stopped the culture of "wangwang" since he assumed his post as president

2. Inauguration of the Cavite-Muntinlupa Expressway; private sector's willingness working with the government in public-private partnerships

3. Previous administration's 'false achievements' and anomalies

4. Decision to run as president after the death of his mother, former President Corazon Aquino

5. Resignation of Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez, impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona

6. Appointment of competent public officials to government posts

7. Increased revenues of government-owned and controlled corporations

8. Improved tax collections by the Bureau of Internal Revenue, poised to collect P1.5 trillion in 2015, with 380 tax evasion cases filed; gave credit to BIR Commissioner Kim Henares

9. Raised the budget reenactments done by the previous administration compared to his administration's timely annual passage of the General Appropriations Act

10. Country's improvement in global competitiveness, fast growth of the Philippine economy; investment grade credit ratings

11. Only 15 labor strikes during his administration; gave credit to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz

12. Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino program beneficiaries now at 4.4 million

13. Number of out-of-school youth went down by 1.7 million

14. Alleged leakage in the Conditional Cash Transfer program was based on 2009 figures, a year before he assumed office

15. Additional investment in education within the proposed 2016 budget

16. Defense of K to 12; Training for Work Scholarship program; improved lives of graduates from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA); gave credit to TESDA chief Joel Villanueva

17. 89.4 million Filipinos are now covered by PhilHealth

18. 78 percent of target achieved by the Sitio Electrification Program

19. Lifting of aviation limits die to improved aviation safety; more long-haul flights to and from the Philippines

20. Meeting certification standards for seamen

21. MRT woes brought about by private contractor; additional trains and rehabilitation program for escalators underway

22. Modernization program for the Armed Forces of the Philippines - five C-130s, three C-295 medium lift transports, two C-212 light lift transports; landing crafts for rescue and clearing operations; various aircraft, seacraft, arms and equipment to defend the country's territorial integrity

23. 1:1 police-to-pistol ratio for the Philippine National Police, along with 2,523 procured patrol jeeps; 577 utility vehicles; 12,399 handheld radios; 30,136 long firearms, among others

24. Praise for Oplan Lambat Sibat, an anti-criminality drive led by Interior Secretary Mar Roxas. 163,000 suspects caught; 1,000 gangs neutralized; crime rate falling down in Metro Manila; neutralization of high-profile targets

25. Raising combat pay and subsistence allowance for police personnel

26. Infrastructure projects completed in different areas of the country, including new bridges, roads, flood control projects even in areas led by non-allies of the administration

27. Need to retrofit Guadalupe bridge

28. 10 awarded, 13 ongoing and 27 public-private partnerships in the pipeline

29. Philippines first in Asia, second worldwide in terms of job optimism

30. Car sales 27 percent up in 2014

31. European Commission removed the Philippine fishing industry from the blacklist

32. Call for solons to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law

33. Call for the passage of the rationalization of fiscal incentives; unified personnel pension reform bill; 2016 General Appropriations Act

34. Push for the passage anti-dynasty law

35. Thanked the Congress for the passage of key legislation

36. Recalled the sacrifice of his parents, former Sen. Benigno Aquino and former President Corazon Aquino

37. Thanked Cabinet members, government appointees, other officials and staff for their service

38. Recognition of religious leaders and other citizens who have contributed to the country

39. Thanked his own family

40. Thanked Filipinos, saying, "Napakalaking karangalan ang pamunuan po kayong lahat."

41. Raised the need to continue reforms during his administration

42. Government's adherence to the rule of law in the West Philippine Sea dispute, despite China's might

43. Modernization of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration

44. From 2010-2014, the Philippines posted an average of 6.2-percent gross domestic product growth

45. Warned against the return to "crooked path" in light of the upcoming elections, saying his reforms can be undone by a single election

46. Asked for forgiveness amid the shortcomings of the administration


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PNoy responds to 'Gaganda ang buhay' slogan: E di wow! Louis Bacani | Updated Monday July 27, 2015 - 7:30pm


In his last State of the Nation Address, President Aquino said his foes are only giving empty promises since they have not laid out their plans for the country. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando

MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III on Monday took an apparent swipe at Vice President for criticizing the administration and for supposedly giving empty promises ahead of the 2016 polls.

During his final State of the Nation Address, Aquino said there are still people opposing his governance despite the country's achievements under his watch.

Aquino did not name Binay, but he singled out the vice president's recent remarks that the government has been slow in addressing the country's woes.

The president also cited Binay's campaign slogan "Gaganda ang buhay."

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"Siyempre po, kahit kaliwa't kanan na ang ebidensya ng pagbabago, mayroon pa ring kontra sa "Daang Matuwid." Ang hirit nila: Mabagal daw tayo. Kapag sila raw ang naging pangulo, sigurado, gaganda ang buhay," Aquino said.

"Sa mga medyo may-edad po, ang isasagot dito, 'Ah ganun?' sabay taas ng kilay.

Para naman sa kabataan, ang sagot natin sa ganoong pahayag: E di wow," he said.

Aquino said his foes are only giving empty promises since they have not laid out their plans for the country.

"Ang tanong natin: Paano nila gagawin ang mga pangakong iyan? Ang sagot nila: Basta.

Nasaan ang detalye at kongkretong mga plano? Basta.

Paano ninyo ipatutupad ang inyong mga pangako? Basta.

Pakiramdam yata nila nadadaan sa basta-basta ang solusyon sa ating mga problema," Aquino said.

In his speech, Aquino reminded Filipinos to continue treading the "Daang Matuwid" or straight path after he steps down in 2016.


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Binay, Poe, Roxas get screen time as PNoy talks 2016 Louis Bacani | Updated Monday July 27, 2015 - 6:45pm


Vice President Jejomay Binay, Sen. Grace Poe and Interior Secretary Mar Roxas. The three officials were seen smiling as the audience inside the plenary hall cheered in amusement.

MANILA, Philippines - The spotlight was briefly put on three potential candidates in the presidential race when President Benigno Aquino III talked about the 2016 elections on Monday.

In his final State of the Nation Address, Aquino reminded Filipinos to continue treading the "Daang Matuwid" or straight path after he steps down next year.

"Kung magtutuloy ang Daang Matuwid, sa loob ng isang henerasyon, first world na raw po tayo," the president said.

"Kung tayo'y babalik sa baluktot, habambuhay tayong mag-aabang sa wala," he added.

As he spoke about the 2016 elections, the television screens inside the plenary hall showed three possible presidential bets - Vice President Jejomar Binay, Sen. Grace Poe and Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II.

The three officials were seen smiling as the audience inside the plenary hall cheered in amusement.

Roxas remains the presumptive standard-bearer of Aquino's Liberal Party but the president recently met with Poe, the new frontrunner in pre-election surveys.

Binay, meanwhile, has become a staunch critic of the administration following his resignation from the Cabinet after he failed to get Aquino's endorsement.

In his speech, Aquino said the achievements of his administration might be put into waste depending on the results of next year's polls.


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PNoy: Pass anti-dynasty law to stop corrupt families Louis Bacani | Updated Monday July 27, 2015 - 6:02pm 62 33 Google +20 4


"Panahon na para ipasa ang isang Anti-Dynasty Law," President Benigno Aquino III said in his final State of the Nation Address.

MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III called for the passage of an anti-dynasty law during his final State of the Nation Address on Monday.

In his speech, Aquino said there is something inherently wrong in giving a corrupt family or individual an indefinite monopoly of public office.

"May mali sa pagbibigay ng pagkakataong habambuhay na magpakasasa sa kapangyarihan ang isang tiwaling pamilya o indibidwal," Aquino said.

Aquino said it was the same reason why he bucked earlier calls for him to seek another term. "Panahon na para ipasa ang isang Anti-Dynasty Law," Aquino said.

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Reiterating that corruption breeds poverty, Aquino boasted of the administration's achievements in good governance in his last SONA.

"Noon pa man, alam na nating katiwalian ang ugat ng pagdurusa, kaya nga ang sigaw po natin: 'kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap.' Matinding pagsisikap, tapang, political will at tiwala sa Diyos at kapwa ang kinailangan upang isabuhay ang kaisipang ito," he said.

He cited the arrests of Sens. Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada in connection with the pork barrel scam and the detention of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

"Sa itaas, gitna o ibaba ng burukrasya, napakarami nang sinuspindi, tinanggal sa puwesto, sinampahan ng kaso o 'di kaya'y nasa piitan," Aquino said.

"Kung may nagdududa pang tunay nang nakapiring ang katarungan, maganda po sigurong ituon nila ang pansin sa tatlong senador na kasalukuyang naka-detain at sa dating pangulong naka-hospital arrest," he added.


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Aquino responds to Binay's 'palpak, manhid' tirades Louis Bacani | Updated Monday July 27, 2015 - 5:16pm


Vice President Jejomar Binay called the Aquino administration inept and insensitive during a televised speech after his resignation from the Cabinet. He is seen here arriving at the plenary hall of the Congress building in Quezon City. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando

MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III on Monday responded to Vice President Jejomar Binay's criticisms of the administration.

In his final State of the Nation Address attended by Binay, Aquino touted the government's achievements in the health sector that have helped poor Filipinos.

Aquino said the number of PhilHealth beneficiaries reached 89.4 million in June. Since 2014, the poorest 40 percent of the population has also enjoyed free treatment in public hospitals, he added.

"Ito po 'yung pagkalingang tinatawag ng iba na palpak at manhid," Aquino said.

Binay called the Aquino administration inept and insensitive during a televised speech after his resignation from the Cabinet.

The vice president severed his ties with Aquino after failing to get his endorsement for next year's elections. Despite his attacks, Binay was still recognized by Aquino at the start of his speech.


PHILSTAR

Aquino takes pride in economic gains under his watch Louis Bacani | Updated Monday July 27, 2015 - 4:52pm 64 36 Google +20 4


President Benigno Aquino III trumpeted the country's economic achievements under his term. File photo

MANILA, Philippines - As expected, President Benigno Aquino III trumpeted the country's economic achievements under his watch during his final State of the Nation Address on Monday.

Aquino reiterated that the Philippines has become "Asia's Rising Tiger" and "Asia's Bright Spot" during his term. "Talagang napakalaki na nang pagbabago," Aquino said.

The president cited the investment grades received by the country from various credit rating agencies and the record high $6.2-billion net foreign direct investments in the country.

Aquino also touted the P2-trillion domestic investment since 2010 and the 3-percent average growth in the manufacturing sector from 2001 to 2009.

He also boasted of the decline in the country's unemployment rate to a decade-low 6.8 percent and of the decrease in the number of overseas Filipino workers from 9.51 million in 2011 to 9.07 million on 2014.


PHILSTAR

Aquino still lambasting Arroyo admin in final SONA Louis Bacani | Updated Monday July 27, 2015 - 4:29pm


Aquino started his sixth SONA by citing some of his accomplishments against the alleged failures of the previous administration. File photo

MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III still lambasted the past administration in his final State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday.

Aquino started his sixth SONA by citing some of his accomplishments such as the newly opened Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway. He then proceeded by mentioning the political scandals that hounded his predecessor, former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Among the controversies that the president cited were the Fertilizer Fund scam, the NBI-ZTE deal and the Hello Garci scandal.

"Noong mga panahong iyon, miski bata, natutuhan na ang salitang 'scam,'"

Aquino said. "Pag-upo naman natin sa puwesto, sunud-sunod nating diskubre ang kalokohan ng ating pinalitan," he also said.

Aquino is also expected to tout the country's economic gains under his watch.


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