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#SONA2013: Citizen participation and engagement

Jul 25, 2013 - 4:37 PM

Rappler s BudgetWatch partners provide context and commentary to President Aquino s 4th State of the Nation Address

CHR to anti-SONA groups: Government respects your rights

Jul 25, 2013 - 3:42 PM

Commission on Human Rights chair Etta Rosales says the government of President Aquino respects the right to assemble of the people

IN PHOTOS: #SONA2013 red carpet

Jul 24, 2013 - 4:17 AM

Here are our picks of the most unforgettable outfits on the red carpet in SONA2013

REP LUCY TORRES-GOMEZ of 4th District Leyte in Randy Ortiz

SONA protesters released

Jul 24, 2013 - 12:26 AM

The police on Tuesday July 23 released 9 protestors detained during the SONA rally in Quezon City on July 22

Foreigner writes open letter to SONA rally's crying cop

Jul 23, 2013 - 11:46 PM

UPDATED A Dutch national who joined the SONA protest gets mixed reactions as photos of him shouting at a policeman goes viral

#SONA2013: Youth groups disappointed

Jul 23, 2013 - 3:01 PM

Different youth groups are disappointed in President Aquino s 4th State of the Nation Address

PNoy focuses on inclusive growth

Jul 23, 2013 - 12:40 AM

President Aquino shifts his administration’s focus from anti corruption to “inclusive growth” in his State of the Nation Address


Jul 23, 2013 - 12:13 AM

President Benigno Aquino III delivers his fourth State of the Nation address a progress report on the highlights and accomplishments of his administration

Aquino: PH on track to achieving rice sufficiency

Jul 22, 2013 - 11:12 PM

The President says no imports will be made on top of the country s international commitments this year

SELF-SUFFICIENT. President Benigno Aquino III says the government is helping farmers increase their harvests in line with the country's goal of being self-sufficient in rice. Photo by AFP

Aquino cites DPWH for licking corruption

Jul 22, 2013 - 10:10 PM

The President cites how an agency which used to be the hub of corruption has become an example of honest and effective service

AFP file photo

Aquino dodges China dispute in SONA

Jul 22, 2013 - 8:43 PM

He unleashed stinging words against Beijing in 2012 What happened?

Aquino: I blamed myself for Robredo's death

Jul 22, 2013 - 8:42 PM

Almost a year since Jesse Robredo died in a plane crash President Aquino pays tribute to the man who inspired public servants

Rappler Hangout: #DearPNoy

Jul 22, 2013 - 8:31 PM

How can President Benigno Aquino III make the most of his last 3 years in office? Join the Rappler Hangout on SONA2013 July 22 6:30 pm

Commissioner Biazon offers to resign

Jul 22, 2013 - 8:00 PM

Bureau of Customs chief Rozano Rufino Biazon offers to quit after President Aquino hits his bureau in his State of the Nation Address

'SONA mo ito!' Social media on #SONA2013

Jul 22, 2013 - 7:42 PM

Read social media reactions to SONA2013 here

SONA 2013. What's your reaction to this year's State of the Nation Address?

Aquino shames customs bureau

Jul 22, 2013 - 7:16 PM

President Aquino: Saan po kaya kumukuha ng kapal ng mukha ang mga kawani sa ahensyang ito?

Photo by LeAnne Jazul

Aquino promises growth for all

Jul 22, 2013 - 7:14 PM

President Benigno Aquino III vows his government will continue focusing on improving the lives of the poor as it works toward achieving inclusive growth

INCLUSIVE GROWTH. President Benigno Aquino III reiterates his government's inclusive growth agenda in his 4th SONA on July 22. Photo by Leanne Jazul/

Aquino says reasonable to hike MRT, LRT fares

Jul 22, 2013 - 6:15 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says the government must hike the fares for the Metro Rail Transit MRT 3 and Light Rail Transit LRT 1 and 2 so it can use the subsidy for the rail systems to fund other social services

Aquino to nation: 'This is your SONA'

Jul 22, 2013 - 6:01 PM

You will be the ones who will make sure that we will completely eradicate corruption; you will be the ones who will make sure that we will never again stray from the straight path

Aquino on NAIA-3 delays: Please bear with me

Jul 22, 2013 - 5:58 PM

The 4th president to handle NAIA 3 cites legal technicalities encountered in an arbitration court abroad for the delays and efforts to ensure repair works are properly covered by warranties

Hacienda Luisita distribution begins in September – Aquino

Jul 22, 2013 - 5:49 PM

His family dodged government efforts to put the sugar estate under agrarian reform for decades Its distribution to farmers will be completed within his term

Pass Bangsamoro law by 2014 - Aquino

Jul 22, 2013 - 5:19 PM

President Aquino says the national government will implement whatever it has committed to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front

BANGSAMORO: President Aquino asks Congress to prioritize Bangsamoro law. Photo by LeAnne Jazul

Casiño clubbed at anti-SONA rally

Jul 22, 2013 - 5:17 PM

It was a police truncheon that welcomed the former congressman Teddy Casiño back to the streets

Aquino: SSS funds to dry up by 2018

Jul 22, 2013 - 4:53 PM

President Aquino wants a higher contribution rate for SSS since the pension fund has an unfunded liability of P1 1 trillion causing the funds to dry up by 2018

'Selfie' of the Nation: The image of the country according to netizens

Jul 22, 2013 - 3:45 PM

Netizens turn their mobile cameras around to take photos of faces – not their own – but of people who represent the state of various sectors

#SONA2013 on Rappler

Jul 22, 2013 - 3:35 PM

On July 22 President Benigno Aquino III delivers his fourth state of the nation address Rappler will bring the event to you live with SONA2013

Belmonte: Prudence in spending PDAF

Jul 22, 2013 - 3:19 PM

We must nurture a legal ethos that mandates and extolls prudence in spending and transparency and accountability in the use of public funds especially in the use of Priority Development Assistance Funds or PDAF Belmonte says

Father and sons Estrada: Blood thicker than water

Jul 22, 2013 - 3:07 PM

Sen JV Ejercito finally pays a courtesy call on his brother Sen Jinggoy Estrada

COURTESY CALL. Senator Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada welcomes neophyte Senator JV Ejercito to the Senate as the latter pays a courtesy call to his elder brother and colleague before the opening of the First Regular Session of the 16th Congress. Their father former President and now Manila City Mayor Joseph Estrada (also a former Senator) witnesses the occasion. Photo courtesy of the Senate

#SONA2013: The state of public healthcare in the Philippines

Jul 22, 2013 - 2:25 PM

Rappler takes a look back at the Aquino administration s healthcare agenda

PNoy's Report Card: SONA 2012 promises tracker

Jul 22, 2013 - 2:20 PM

Did the President fulfill promises he made during his 2012 SONA? Check the status of each promise here and tell us what you think

62 hurt, 9 detained in SONA rally

Jul 22, 2013 - 2:05 PM

Rocks and eggs fly at the SONA protests in Quezon City

Belmonte still Speaker; Zamora new House Minority Leader

Jul 22, 2013 - 12:29 PM

UPDATED San Juan Rep Ronaldo Zamora wins a tight race for the minority post beating Leyte Rep Ferdinand Martin Romualdez

Drilon: Work hard, win back people's confidence

Jul 22, 2013 - 11:58 AM

New Senate President Franklin Drilon concedes that recent scandals have affected the perception of the people on the Senate

'BIG MAN' ON TOP. Sen Franklin Drilon (C) takes his oath as Senate President during the Senate's first session for the 16th Congress, July 22, 2013. Sen Paolo Benigno Aquino (R) gives the oath.

What is holding back Philippine FDI?

Jul 22, 2013 - 11:39 AM

Philippines stellar economic growth attracts foreign investors but the main issues why job generating capital is still coming in trickles are the 40 foreign ownership limit and red tape

INFOGRAPHIC: Navigating the #SONA2013 microsite

Jul 22, 2013 - 11:01 AM

Here s a handy guide to show show you our SONA2013 microsite s features

HIGHLIGHTS: #SONA2013 red carpet

Jul 22, 2013 - 10:55 AM

Who is wearing the best and worst outfit on the SONA 2013 red carpet? You be the judge

Pinoys want Aquino to tackle jobs in #SONA2013

Jul 22, 2013 - 10:45 AM

Filipinos want President Aquino to discuss in his SONA what he s doing to create jobs reduce prices of basic goods and address poverty

#SONA2013: No elementary, HS classes in QC

Jul 22, 2013 - 10:07 AM

The Batasan branch of the Quezon City Polytechnic University QCPU has also suspended classes


Jul 22, 2013 - 10:07 AM

Rappler LIVE blogs SONA2013

HIGHLIGHTS: Senate opening

Jul 22, 2013 - 10:06 AM

The Philippine Senate convenes its first session for the 16th Congress

FAST FACTS: Get to know the members of the 16th Congress

Jul 22, 2013 - 8:14 AM

Share with us any information that could help us make our lawmakers transparent efficient and accountable

Protesters march to PNoy's home on eve of SONA

Jul 22, 2013 - 12:03 AM

Over a hundred protesters marched to the residence of President Aquino a day before his SONA to complain about the problems besetting their region

#SONA2013: Key issues Aquino will tackle

Jul 21, 2013 - 10:31 PM

The peace process his firm stand against China spectacular economic numbers that need to be felt by the poor all these are expected to be in President Aquino s 4th State of the Nation Address on July 22

Snapshot: Economy under Aquino

Jul 21, 2013 - 9:18 PM

Take a look at where the economy stood when the President took office in 2010 and what has changed since

Only 1 in 7 lawmakers are fresh faces

Jul 21, 2013 - 4:29 PM

Only 34 of the 234 district representatives are going to Congress for the first time and are not related to former solons But only 4 are really new to politics

A sneak peek at SONA 2013 fashion

Jul 21, 2013 - 9:40 AM

Here are what Grace Poe Nancy Binay Lucy Torres Gomez and others are expected to wear

FEMININE BARONG. JC Buendia's study for Eliza Drilon Luna's outfit. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

1,200 traffic personnel for SONA

Jul 21, 2013 - 9:35 AM

The number coding scheme will also remain in effect on Monday the Metro Manila Development Authority MMDA said

Youth groups on SONA: Pass FOI bill

Jul 20, 2013 - 4:10 PM

Youth groups expect President Aquino to talk about the Freedom of Information bill in his SONA

Aquino's presidential management style

Jul 20, 2013 - 2:42 PM

After 3 years President Benigno Aquino III evolves from reluctant to hands on leader and manager

CHANGED MAN. President Benigno Aquino III is a better President and a changed person than when he started in 2010, says those who work with him. Malacañang Photo Bureau

SONA as a fashion event

Jul 19, 2013 - 10:31 PM

As the President polishes his speech stylists and designers are rushing to finish ternos and gowns for Monday’s who’s who