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SONA 2013

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

The leaves for the forest

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld “Change” has been the mantra of all administrations since at least the Marcos period (1965-1986). Ferdinand Marcos vowed to “make this nation great again” when he was elected in 1965, and to “reform society and save the Republic” when he placed the entire country under martial law

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Davao folks see no change as Aquino gives 4th SONA

'There’s a fine line between growth and development, and what we need is the latter.'

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Groups hold People’s SONA

Protesters from various sectors and regions held their own State of the Nation Address, dubbing it as the Sona ng Bayan (People's SONA) in Commonwealth Avenue as a response to President Aquino's annual SONA. Led by the...

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

‘Long and winding SONA silent on what matters most to Filipinos’ – progressive groups

“Aquino’s grandiose claims of economic growth based on cherry-picked economic indicators fail to hide the economic indicators that matter to ordinary Filipinos. Landlessness is growing; unemployment is rising; wages are being depressed; prices are soaring; and social...

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Thousands march to belie ‘inclusive growth,’ Aquino’s State of the Nation Address

“All in all, Aquino’s SONA contained rehashed rhetoric and empty promises. The president remained silent on many fundamental issues that the people have long clamored for. I’m sorry Mr. President but your spinmeisters have failed you. We...

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

CPP lists ’10 lies’ Aquino would claim in his SONA

Revolutionary group asks Filipinos to brace for, repudiate, Aquino's "deluge of lies."

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

One nation, two worlds: the myth of ‘inclusive growth’

The Aquino administration’s policies are no different from those that have been increasingly implemented over the last three decades and that have resulted in today's grossly distorted and unequal economy

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

SONA protest, march to Batasan on today, with or without permit

“We are tired of hearing about so-called improvements in the economy when unemployment is increasing, wages are pressed down, prices are soaring, and social services are decaying and getting scarce. This so-called growth is felt not by...

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

‘Lies,’ is what progressive groups expect to hear from Aquino during SONA

“Unlike the traditional fiesta, where hospitality, generosity, and goodwill are encouraged among the whole community, Aquino’s banquet is depicted as a lavishly sumptuous feast for a small circle of guests as the people wait...

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Inescapable reality

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Analysis For sure, President Benigno Aquino III would be boasting about the 6.8 percent growth in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) last year and the 7.8 percent growth during the first quarter of 2013...

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