Education on the back burner yet again

July 30th, 2016

President Duterte’s recent State of the Nation Address, at its core, is a call for everyone to “have the courage to fight for what we believe in, undeterred by the fear of failing or losing.”

Shoot now, ask questions later

July 30th, 2016

PDu30’s State of the Nation Address, all 90 minutes of it, may be classified into 38 minutes of prepared speech and 52 minutes of straight-from-the-heart talk. He should change his speech writers because they failed to make his speech sound like it came from him.

The Sona that shunned glitz–and where Erap joined the queue

July 29th, 2016

The story goes that Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat Jr. not only endured the artificial arctic climate inside the Batasang Pambansa session hall in traditional wear that barely covered his back, chest and legs for two hours, while President Duterte delivered his first State of the Nation Address. Baguilat, who was chosen House minority leader just […]

A straight-talking Sona

July 29th, 2016

I welcomed President Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address last Monday, but not for drastic changes in policy directions and new government initiatives that he announced; there were hardly any.

Children of the motherland

July 29th, 2016

Like millions of other Filipinos, I made sure I could listen to the first State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte.

All Filipinos’ right to life now at risk

July 29th, 2016

President Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) was laced with confusing and sometimes contradictory messages. At one point he stated rightly that the “rule of law must at all times prevail” and that government is obliged to “fulfill the human rights of our citizens.”

PSE welcomes Duterte’s SONA

July 27th, 2016

THE PHILIPPINE Stock Exchange hailed the pronouncement of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte in his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday to maintain current macroeconomic policies, ensure competitiveness and ease doing business in the country. “The President’s major economic pronouncement should be good for the capital markets as investors are always looking for stability […]

Duterte ‘contradictory’ on human rights — foreign group

July 26th, 2016

President Duterte’s inaugural State of the Nation Address (SONA) sent “confusing and sometimes contradictory messages” on his government’s stance on human rights, the New York-based Human Rights Watch said Monday. Phelim Kine, the group’s Asia deputy director, said the President rightly stated that “rule of law must at all times prevail” and that the government should respect “the human rights of our citizens.”

No stopping glam and glitz in Sona

July 26th, 2016

President Rodrigo Duterte set a simple tone for his inaugural State of the Nation Address (Sona) to Congress by ordering the event stripped of its trademark swank and opulence, but that did not deter guests from making an effort to look memorable as they entered the House of Representatives yesterday.

Duterte pitches plans for better internet, free Wi-Fi

July 25th, 2016

With a country known for providing notoriously slow yet expensive internet connection, President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday bared his plans to have better internet for Filipinos.

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