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August 29, 2015, Saturday
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  • Rains in the area of Padre Faura St. in Manila fail to dampen the spirit of INC members who are protesting at DOJ. 16 hours ago |
  • CBCP says government should not underestimate the message of ‘no remittance day.’ 16 hours ago |
  • Construction of LRT 2 Masinag Extension to begin on Sept. 26. 16 hours ago |
  • Body of a missing seaman found in Tagaytay. 16 hours ago |
  • Palace calls for sobriety as more INC members troop to Padre Faura in Manila to join vigil in front of DOJ. 16 hours ago |
  • PNP’s estimate of INC members gathered in front of DOJ in Padre Faura St. in Manila is 4,000. 16 hours ago |
  • Justice Secretary Leila de Lima not yet seen at DOJ premises as of Friday afternoon. 17 hours ago |
  • Schedule of hearing on libel case filed by Makati Mayor Binay vs. Sen. Trillanes among those postponed on Friday due to INC rally at DOJ. 17 hours ago |
  • INC rally in front of DOJ has prompted the postponement of some hearings in the department. 17 hours ago |
  • Sen. Trillanes says he is ready to face any complaint at Senate Ethics Cmte. with regard to his hiring of over 40 consultants. 17 hours ago |
  • 10 members of the Philippine Marines injured in a battle with about 300 ASG bandits in Patikul, Sulu on Friday morning. 17 hours ago |
  • Radio broadcaster Cosme Diez Maestrado killed in an ambush in Misamis Occidental. 17 hours ago |
  • Anthony Taberna’s wife Rossel says it is ‘business as usual’ in their QC coffee shop after it was fired upon by gunmen. 17 hours ago |
  • Anthony Taberna’s wife Rossel thanks those who are concerned for them after the shooting incident in their QC coffee shop. 17 hours ago |
  • Migrante International says OFWs in Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia & Italy are joining the ‘zero remittance day’ on Friday. 17 hours ago |
  • Migrante International leads a rally at Mendiola in Manila as part of their ‘zero remittance day’ protest. 17 hours ago |
  • OFW Amie Emuslan who has been in comatose in UAE for 4 years finally brought back home. 17 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino tells visiting Thai PM that Filipinos are offering their condolences to the Thai people who are Filipinos’ brothers. 18 hours ago |
  • Thai PM Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha expresses sympathy for the Filipino who sustained injury in her hearing during the Aug. 17 Bangkok blast. 18 hours ago |
  • Thai PM who is visiting PH says situation in Thailand now under control since the Aug. 17 Bangkok blast that killed 20 persons. 18 hours ago |
  • Gunmen shot and killed a Chinese tourist who was on board a taxi in Vito Cruz, Manila. 21 hours ago |
  • Anthony Taberna says cops are looking at his job as a media man as possible motive behind the shooting incident at his coffee shop. 21 hours ago |
  • 2 men seen on CCTV firing at the coffee shop of ABS-CBN broadcaster Anthony Taberna in Visayas Ave., QC. 21 hours ago |
  • Padre Faura St. in Manila still closed to traffic on Friday morning due to INC rally in front of DOJ. 21 hours ago |
  • Some INC members continue their vigil in front of DOJ for the second day. 21 hours ago |
  • Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano tells court that part of his privilege as senator includes giving statements on subjects of senate probes. 21 hours ago |
  • Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano asks Makati RTC to dismiss the P 200-million damage suit filed against him by VP Binay. 21 hours ago |
  • BOC Chief Bert Lina shows at a press conference how prohibited items are being smuggled into PH using balikbayan boxes. 21 hours ago |
  • Customs Commissioner Bert Lina says he is listening to the sentiments of OFWs. 21 hours ago |
  • Customs Chief Bert Lina holds a press conference explaining how BOC is handling and inspecting balikbayan boxes. 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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