Aquino SONA

Kris Aquino comments on President Duterte's SONA 2017

Jul 24, 2017 - 9:40 PM

The entertainment figure and daughter of former president Cory Aquino lists down the points she agrees with in President Rodrigo Duterte s address

Aquino-Xi meeting, high court rules, Myanmar’s transition | 6PM wRap

Nov 12, 2015 - 6:14 PM

Watch the 6PM edition of Rappler s newscast The wRap

Aquino's last SONA

Jul 28, 2015 - 6:30 PM

What did the President say and not say in his two hour speech?

Aquino's 'silence' on human rights adds 'insult to injury'

Jul 28, 2015 - 2:38 PM

Human rights problems have largely been ignored since President Aquino took office in 2010 says a Human Rights Watch dispatch

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his 6th and last State of the Nation Address (SONA) during the Joint Session of the 16th Congress at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives Complex in Constitution Hills, Quezon City on Monday (July 27, 2015). (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Aquino: It's time to pass anti-dynasty law

Jul 27, 2015 - 11:15 PM

Lawmakers have no clear definition of what constitutes a political dynasty But Aquino himself has relatives in public office including his first cousin Senator Bam Aquino

JOINT SESSION. President Aquino delivers his last State of the Nation Address before the Senate and the House of Representatives in joint session Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Aquino asks Congress to pass Bangsamoro law before he steps down

Jul 27, 2015 - 9:41 PM

The President says critics cannot just oppose the proposed law that seeks to create an autonomous Bangsamoro region They have to provide alternatives

JOINT SESSION. President Aquino delivers his last State of the Nation Address before the Senate and the House of Representatives in joint session Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH underspending, INC anniversary, PH vs China | 12PM wRap

Jul 27, 2015 - 12:41 PM

Watch the 12PM edition of Rappler s newscast The wRap

Part 1: Did Aquino deliver on his promises?

Jul 22, 2015 - 1:35 PM

Rappler looks at Aquino s Social Contract with the Filipino People to determine how he fared during his term

Indigenous people groups oppose Aquino legacy dam projects

Jul 20, 2015 - 7:45 PM

The Kaliwa Dam project is creating conflict within the Dumagat Remontado tribe on whose ancestral domain the project is being constructed

NO GENUINE CONSULTATION. Members of the Dumagat-Remontados of Quezon and Rizal say they were not properly consulted in the obtaining of Free, Prior and Informed Consent for the Kaliwa Dam project. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Fiscal incentives rationalization to add P30B in PH annual revenue

Aug 19, 2014 - 6:57 PM

After 16 years the departments of Finance and Trade and Industry have reached an agreement and will submit the revised version of the bill this week

Petilla: No need for Aquino to invoke emergency powers if …

Aug 11, 2014 - 12:47 PM

… PSALM will be allowed to contract additional generation capacities to address the Luzon power crisis in 2015

PEZA’s Jan-July investments up 30.77%

Aug 01, 2014 - 4:11 PM

A combination of approved export enterprises and IT companies boosted the period’s investments

DOE: Malampaya shutdown can no longer be moved

Jul 30, 2014 - 11:41 PM

The Interruptible Load Program and energy conservation are the best options so far to mitigate the looming power shortage the department says

NO TO RESCHEDULE. Shell Philippines Exploration B.V., the consortium running the Malampaya natural gas platform, has informed the Department of Energy that it could no longer reschedule the maintenance shutdown of the facility. Image from Sembcorp Marine website

Customs adamant: Apply for accreditation by July 31 or else...

Jul 30, 2014 - 7:08 PM

Despite pleas the agency is not extending the deadline for the accreditation of brokers and importers

NO EXTENSION. Customs Commissioner John Sevilla reiterates the agency will no longer extend the deadline for the brokers and importers' accreditation.

With 2 years left in his term, Aquino has more to do, biz groups say

Jul 30, 2014 - 5:42 PM

President Aquino’s 5th State of the Nation Address earns raves rants from business groups and a former Cabinet official

Aquino's SONA speeches through the years

Jul 29, 2014 - 7:00 PM

Aquino s first SONA lasted 36 minutes and generated 32 rounds of applause His last one was an hour and 30 minutes long with 85 rounds of applause

5TH SONA. President Benigno Aquino III delivers this year his 2nd to the last State of the Nation Address. Photo by Rappler

Meralco gets ready for the looming power crisis

Jul 29, 2014 - 2:45 PM

As Malacañang mulls over a state of emergency declaration in the power sector Meralco has outlined steps it may take to help mitigate any power shortage in Luzon in 2015

GETTING READY. Meralco has already outlined action steps in response to the looming power crisis. File photo by Agence France-Presse / Jay Directo

Philippine population to hit 142M by 2045

Jul 29, 2014 - 1:54 PM

The Philippine Statistics Authority says the Philippine population will swell by nearly 50M in 2045 even with the projected decline in the annual growth rate

Rappler Newscast | July 28, 2014

Jul 28, 2014 - 11:10 PM

President Benigno Aquino hits his detractors in his 5th SONA but is silent on 3 biggest issues in 2013 Investigators say crash of MH17 caused by massive explosive decompression

Kris Aquino seen crying during SONA

Jul 28, 2014 - 9:19 PM

The TV host actress became emotional when President Benigno Aquino III mentioned their late parents

Netizens on SONA 2014: No FOI?

Jul 28, 2014 - 6:58 PM

While they were disappointed over the President s non mention of the FOI bill his emotional mention of his parents and his answer to his critics and detractors were not lost on them

SONA protesters to Aquino: Time for excuses is over

Jul 28, 2014 - 5:08 PM

Hundreds gather to protest Aquino s 5th State of the Nation Address They say the time for giving him a chance is over

NO MORE NEXT CHANCE. Protesters during President Aquino's 5th State of the Nation Address say they've had enough of his promises. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Leftist lawmakers walk out as SONA begins

Jul 28, 2014 - 4:26 PM

UPDATED Makabayan bloc says it s now time to impeach the President who has further pushed our countrymen into increasing poverty

WALK OUT. Makabayan Bloc reps walks out of Congress at the start of President Benigno Aquino III's SONA. Photo by LeAnne/Rappler

MILF's Iqbal attends SONA

Jul 28, 2014 - 3:55 PM

The President is expected to tackle the Bangsamoro draft law during his SONA

READY. The Batasang Pambansa ahead of President Aquino's 2014 State of the Nation Address. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Aquino's 5th State of the Nation Address

Jul 28, 2014 - 3:18 PM

Watch and react to President Aquino s 5th SONA via the SONA 2014 Mood Meter and the live blog

#SONA2014: Join the conversation

Jul 28, 2014 - 11:48 AM

Be a part of SONA2014 through Rappler s online conversation and live blog beginning 2pm of July 28 Monday Philippine Standard Time

Customs: A year after SONA shaming

Jul 28, 2014 - 9:13 AM

How is the Customs doing a year after President Aquino singled it out in his SONA for being incompetent and corrupt?

HARD-PRESSED. Bureau of Customs Commissioner John Sevilla is leading the reforms meant to curb corruption and improve the collections of the agency

Fiscal incentives bill: Is it really priority?

Jul 27, 2014 - 6:13 PM

Now 15 years pending in Congress will this measure be passed before President Aquino’s term ends in 2016?

Businessmen’s SONA 'wishes'

Jul 27, 2014 - 5:01 PM

As President Aquino delivers his 5th SONA on July 28 businessmen say their top 3 wishes are improved competitiveness increased foreign direct investments and more jobs

What happened to priority bills from SONA 2013? Not much

Jul 26, 2014 - 8:15 AM

In his 2013 State of the Nation Address President Aquino 11 bills to pass and laws to review and amend immediately See the status of each one year on

Kapederasyon wants Aquino ‘out’

Jul 25, 2014 - 12:46 AM

LGBT group Kapederasyon holds a fashion show protest over Aquino s anti people and anti national policies

LGBT RIGHTS. LGBT group Kapederasyon organizes a fashion show at Bonifacio Shrine to call for Aquino's accountability over several issues. Photo by Joel Leporada/

The President as cheerleader

Jul 25, 2013 - 3:18 PM

Without addressing criticisms and controversies the SONA renders the demands of citizens invisible

Aquino highlights PPP woes

Jul 22, 2013 - 10:07 PM

President Benigno Aquino III outlines in his State of the Nation Address on July 22 the problems that have plagued the Public Private Partnership scheme his flagship infrastructure program

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

DOF submits 9 priority legislative measures

Jul 15, 2013 - 5:41 PM

Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima identifies 9 priority measures the executive department will propose to lawmakers when President Benigno Aquino delivers his State of the Nation Address on July 22

PRIORITIES. Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, who heads the economic cluster of the Cabinet, lists 9 priority measures the executive will push in the upcoming 16th Congress. File photo by AFP

Aquino silent on FOI but ally says ‘there’s still hope’

Jul 23, 2012 - 11:56 PM

FOI principal author Rep Erin Tañada says Congress can still pass the FOI bill this year even if Aquino did not mention it in the SONA