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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 in 1972. Both proclaimed intentions supposedly looked to the future, but the first was a hearkening to a past — the 1896 Revolution — in which greatness was defined in terms of both resistance to…

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‘Long and winding SONA silent on what matters most to Filipinos’ – progressive groups * Latest Posts Economy Must-Reads Politics & Governance Special Reports Top Stories 

‘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 services are decaying as they become more scarce,” Elmer Labog, chairman of Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU).

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Thousands march to belie ‘inclusive growth,’ Aquino’s State of the Nation Address * Latest Posts Top Stories 

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 are far from impressed. We are indignant.” – Kabataan Rep. Terry Ridon

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SONA protest, march to Batasan on today, with or without permit * Latest Posts Labor & Employment Top Stories 

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 the needy poor but by the greedy rich.” – Elmer Labog, Kilusang Mayo Uno

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‘Lies,’ is what progressive groups expect to hear from Aquino during SONA * Latest Posts Other Stories Politics & Governance State of the Nation Address 

‘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 [in the effigy] as a lavishly sumptuous feast for a small circle of guests as the people wait for crumbs falling from the table.”

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Inescapable reality * Latest Posts Bulatlat Perspective Commentary 

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 when he delivers his fourth state of the nation address on July 22 Monday. He would be attributing this to the ‘changes’ his government has made, specifically in terms of good governance, and would be projecting that the country would be on the road to becoming an economic powerhouse in the near future….

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