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July 28, 2015, Tuesday
  • Pres. Aquino’s SONA took about 2 hours and 10 minutes. 15 hours ago |
  • Some congressmen inside the session hall booed & raised anti-Aquino banners right after Pres. Aquino delivered his last SONA. 15 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino: “Our country’s transformation has just begun. Our direction depends on the Filipino people.” 15 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says the 2016 election will be a referendum for ‘Daang Matuwid.’ 15 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino cites survey that says 8 out of 10 Filipinos believe PH will soon become a developed country. 15 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino to the Filipino people: It gives me great honor to serve you. 15 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says his job is like that of a punching bag. 15 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. 15 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says the late DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo continues to give him inspiration. 15 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says Mar Roxas’ resilience vs. criticisms is proof that ‘you can’t put a good man down.’ 15 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino praises the members of his cabinet for their work. 15 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino thanks Congress for passing meaningful laws. 15 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino: “It’s time to pass an Anti-Dynasty Law.” 15 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. 15 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says it doesn’t matter if he is not present at groundbreaking ceremonies so long as projects are properly built. 16 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says party affiliation is not a basis in implementing government projects. 16 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino gives updates on government’s flood control projects. 16 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino: "The time is avoid responsibility has ended." 16 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino boasts of PNP’s 1:1 police-to-pistol ratio. 16 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino identifies programs to enhance capabilities of the AFP and PNP. 16 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says gov’t is moving to buy-out the MRT. 16 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino praises the supposed benefits of Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) & K-12 programs. 16 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says only one labor strike was recorded in 2013. 16 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says Philippines is now ‘Asia’s Rising Tiger.’ 17 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino hails the huge number of cases filed by BIR Commissioner Kim Henares vs. tax evaders. 17 hours ago |
  • Aquino cites the detention of 3 senators & hospital arrest of a fmr. president as proof of his fight vs. corruption. 17 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino hits previous justice system that looked away from corruption. 17 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino seeks apologies for not doing the traditional SONA walk saying he does not feel well. 17 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino now walking towards session hall in Batasang Pambansa for his last SONA. 18 hours ago |
  • 3 helicopters currently flying over Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City. 18 hours ago |
  • Long convoy of vehicles from PSG compound now traversing Marikina area. 18 hours ago |
  • Sen. Grace Poe arrives at Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City to listen to Pres. Aquino’s last SONA. 18 hours ago |
  • Tesda Chief Joel Villanueva says he is now 90% certain he will run for senate. 18 hours ago |
  • Long convoy of vehicles leaves PSG Compound in Malacanang heading to the area of San Juan. 18 hours ago |
  • NBI admits its probers weren’t able to enter the Manalo Compound in QC to probe abduction and hostage-taking claims. 18 hours ago |
  • NBI says there is no evidence that proves some INC members were abducted or taken hostage. 18 hours ago |
  • NBI considers reports of abduction & hostage-taking involving INC members a closed case. 18 hours ago |
  • 5 cops injured so far during commotion in the midst of anti-gov’t rallies along Commonwealth Avenue in QC. 19 hours ago |
  • Belmonte asks House members to explore the possibility of resuming peace negotiations with CPP/NDF. 19 hours ago |
  • Belmonte urges colleagues to pass the proposed BBL & “have the courage to finally come to peace with one another.” 19 hours ago |
  • Belmonte says the passage of economic chacha will reverse the trend of the economy’s “de-industrialization & de-agriculturalization.” 19 hours ago |
  • Belmonte seeks the passage of economic charter change & BBL in his speech at the opening of Congress’ 3rd regular session. 19 hours ago |
  • Traffic from Zuzuarregue St. to Philcoa along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City still light. 19 hours ago |
  • Philcoa going to Fairview along Commonwealth Avenue temporarily closed to motorists in view of SONA. 19 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. 19 hours ago |
  • Anti-gov't protesters march from Elliptical Road heading to area nearest to Batasan Complex in QC. 22 hours ago |
  • Motorists experiencing heavy traffic congestion along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City. 22 hours ago |
  • PCCO Sec. Sonny Coloma urges the Filipino people to listen to Pres. Aquino's 6th & last SONA. 23 hours ago |
  • Western Samar Rep. & LP Sec. Gen. Mel Sarmiento says Speaker Belmonte maintains leadership of the House. 23 hours ago |
  • Sen. Drilon says Pres. Aquino's last SONA is not an LP event hence no announcement on a presidential bet. 23 hours ago |
  • Sen. Drilon says Pres. Aquino's last SONA is about his report to the people on government's performance. 23 hours ago |
  • Sen. Drilon says Pres. Aquino will not name his annointed presidential candidate during his last SONA. 23 hours ago |
  • Motorists who use Commonwealth Avenue in QC may use MMDA's 'Zipper Lane' or any alternate route. 23 hours ago |
  • Northbound lane of Commonwealth Ave. from Ever Gotesco to St. Peter's Church in QC closed to traffic. 23 hours ago |
  • Joint Session of Congress to be opened at 4 pm Monday to receive Pres. Aquino. 23 hours ago |
  • Third Regular Session of 16th Congress to open at 10 am Monday. 23 hours ago |
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Did Sonny Angara pay Coco Martin P35m?

By Isah V. Red | Apr. 11, 2013 at 06:02pm
“That’s a ridiculous question,” says Tootsy Angara, wife of senatorial candidate Sonny Angara over lunch recently at Cerchiio in Quezon City. “If you only knew how we’re trying to make do with whatever money we could raise for Sonny’s campaign you will just laugh when you hear or read things that we paid Coco Martin.”

Tootsy works in the sales department of ABS-CBN where Coco Martin is affiliated with as an artist. “I worked to convince him (Coco) to make a brief endorsement for Sonny. But it wasn’t that easy. At first, it was last year I remember, he said he wouldn’t do endorsements because he didn’t like to be involved too much in politics. But I guess when he heard about what Sonny did as a congressman, he immediately agreed when we talked to him again early this year. And what were the things he liked?”

Sonny Angara and Coco Martin in one sortie


Sonny Angara is a strong believer of free education for everyone. Coco liked that.

Sonny authored the Kindergarten Act to give kids from poor families the opportunity to attend schools. The future senator also advocates education for all, especially the youth and those in the entertainment industry to finish their studies.

Senior citizens of this country are grateful to him because of the expanded senior citizen program that eliminated VAT in restaurant and medicine bills for them. Isn’t that a big relief, especially if you’re taking maintenance medicine for hypertension or heart condition or diabetes?

Coco believes that that law benefits a lot of Filipinos, particularly his grandparents.

So, how can Sonny pay Coco P35 million when the actor strongly believes in what he has done as a congressman and what he will do as a senator? Why do we always put a price tag on a person in show business? Can’t he do something out of his own beliefs?

By the way, Sonny isn’t a really hard core politician. On  April 13—that’s a Saturday—he tries his hand as a disc jockey. Call him DJ Sonny when he guests on Mila Alora’s show

Mornings with M on dwBR (104.3 FM) from 8-9 a.m. replayed on Radyo ng Bayan(738khz) the following day at the same time.

No, I guess Sonny will not just talk about his platform, but he will do what is done usually by radio jocks. Well, he is the only senatorial candidate to do so.  And that is a first!

 
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