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July 28, 2015, Tuesday
  • Pres. Aquino’s SONA took about 2 hours and 10 minutes. 17 hours ago |
  • Some congressmen inside the session hall booed & raised anti-Aquino banners right after Pres. Aquino delivered his last SONA. 17 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino: “Our country’s transformation has just begun. Our direction depends on the Filipino people.” 17 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says the 2016 election will be a referendum for ‘Daang Matuwid.’ 17 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino cites survey that says 8 out of 10 Filipinos believe PH will soon become a developed country. 17 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino to the Filipino people: It gives me great honor to serve you. 17 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says his job is like that of a punching bag. 17 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino tells his siblings that only a few days remain & he will soon stop dragging them to the sacrifices he makes for the country. 17 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says the late DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo continues to give him inspiration. 17 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says Mar Roxas’ resilience vs. criticisms is proof that ‘you can’t put a good man down.’ 17 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino praises the members of his cabinet for their work. 17 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino thanks Congress for passing meaningful laws. 17 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino: “It’s time to pass an Anti-Dynasty Law.” 17 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino laments the views of those who are anti-BBL but can’t give a better alternative on how to achieve peace in Mindanao. 17 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says it doesn’t matter if he is not present at groundbreaking ceremonies so long as projects are properly built. 18 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says party affiliation is not a basis in implementing government projects. 18 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino gives updates on government’s flood control projects. 18 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino: "The time is avoid responsibility has ended." 18 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino boasts of PNP’s 1:1 police-to-pistol ratio. 18 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino identifies programs to enhance capabilities of the AFP and PNP. 18 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says gov’t is moving to buy-out the MRT. 18 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino praises the supposed benefits of Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) & K-12 programs. 18 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says only one labor strike was recorded in 2013. 19 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says Philippines is now ‘Asia’s Rising Tiger.’ 19 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino hails the huge number of cases filed by BIR Commissioner Kim Henares vs. tax evaders. 19 hours ago |
  • Aquino cites the detention of 3 senators & hospital arrest of a fmr. president as proof of his fight vs. corruption. 19 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino hits previous justice system that looked away from corruption. 19 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino seeks apologies for not doing the traditional SONA walk saying he does not feel well. 19 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino now walking towards session hall in Batasang Pambansa for his last SONA. 20 hours ago |
  • 3 helicopters currently flying over Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City. 20 hours ago |
  • Long convoy of vehicles from PSG compound now traversing Marikina area. 20 hours ago |
  • Sen. Grace Poe arrives at Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City to listen to Pres. Aquino’s last SONA. 20 hours ago |
  • Tesda Chief Joel Villanueva says he is now 90% certain he will run for senate. 20 hours ago |
  • Long convoy of vehicles leaves PSG Compound in Malacanang heading to the area of San Juan. 20 hours ago |
  • NBI admits its probers weren’t able to enter the Manalo Compound in QC to probe abduction and hostage-taking claims. 20 hours ago |
  • NBI says there is no evidence that proves some INC members were abducted or taken hostage. 20 hours ago |
  • NBI considers reports of abduction & hostage-taking involving INC members a closed case. 20 hours ago |
  • 5 cops injured so far during commotion in the midst of anti-gov’t rallies along Commonwealth Avenue in QC. 21 hours ago |
  • Belmonte asks House members to explore the possibility of resuming peace negotiations with CPP/NDF. 21 hours ago |
  • Belmonte urges colleagues to pass the proposed BBL & “have the courage to finally come to peace with one another.” 21 hours ago |
  • Belmonte says the passage of economic chacha will reverse the trend of the economy’s “de-industrialization & de-agriculturalization.” 21 hours ago |
  • Belmonte seeks the passage of economic charter change & BBL in his speech at the opening of Congress’ 3rd regular session. 21 hours ago |
  • Traffic from Zuzuarregue St. to Philcoa along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City still light. 21 hours ago |
  • Philcoa going to Fairview along Commonwealth Avenue temporarily closed to motorists in view of SONA. 21 hours ago |
  • Traffic flow slow moving from Fairview to Elliptical Road along Commonwealth Ave. in QC as the bulk of anti-gov’t protesters arrive. 21 hours ago |
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Lack of economic agenda

By MST News | Feb. 15, 2013 at 12:01am
The campaign season officially kicked off Tuesday, with the administration party and the opposition quickly firing salvos against each other in separate proclamation rallies. Mudslinging and lip service by opposing senatorial candidates were, as usual, the order of the day.

Missing in the cacophony of political speeches and grandstanding are the economic platforms of the opposing parties. The candidates and their respective figure heads chose to dish out empty rhetoric instead of programs that aim to alleviate widespread poverty, reduce unemployment and advance the general economy.

President Benigno Aquino III again disappointed the nation with his mantra blaming the past administration for the country’s economic ills. He even had the audacity to say that the May 13 elections would be a referendum on his administration’s accomplishments and on the mistakes of the past.

United Nationalist Alliance leader and Vice President Jejomar Binay, meanwhile, stooped in response to the mudslinging of the ruling party, despite his vow to avoid that style of politicking. He accused the Liberal Party of being “racist and elitist” for portraying itself as white and the opposition as black, and dared the LP to name those it accused of pretending to be allies of President Aquino.

It may be too early in the campaign season for the rival parties to delve into the critical issues hampering real economic progress. But candidates down to the local level should familiarize themselves immediately with the problems dogging the economy and the reforms required to uplift the well-being of each Filipino.

The electorate must be made to weigh the respective economic platforms offered by the rival parties. Political candidates, for their part, must explain to voters what the economy needs in order to achieve a more meaningful progress.

President Aquino is convincing voters that his anti-corruption efforts have paid dividends and contributed to investors’ confidence on the economy. His agenda and sincerity, however, have not been enough to ease poverty and improve the lot of Filipinos.
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