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

Nov 12, 2015 - 6:14 PM

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Is there an 'objective' way to assess the State of the Nation?

Aug 12, 2015 - 9:30 AM

What would be crucial is for government to adopt long term targets so that empirical performance of governments may be compared across time in relation to these long term targets

FULL TEXT: ‘Yumaman ang iilan, mahirap pa rin ang bayan’

Aug 03, 2015 - 6:44 PM

Read the full text of Vice President Jejomar Binay s True State of Nation Address delivered at the Cavite State University on August 3

'True SONA.' Vice President Jejomar delivers his counter-State of the Nation Address at the Cavite State University on August 3, 2015. Serving as backdrop is a mural honoring the SAF 44, whom President Aquino excluded in his SONA. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler Joel Liporada

2015 SONA Mood Meter: Not as happy, not as angry

Jul 30, 2015 - 4:41 PM

Happy dominated mood votes at 50 of total votes The second most dominant mood is angry at 16 of votes followed by inspired at 12 41 of total votes

SONA 2015: It was boring, it was fine

Jul 30, 2015 - 9:08 AM

We need to ask whether this administration leaves us with a better chance so that we may become a just and developed country in my children’s lifetime My answer is yes

Despite SONA 2015 snub, small businesses still gov't priority

Jul 30, 2015 - 8:30 AM

With its remaining time the Aquino administration plans to use APEC and new laws as a platform to push the growth of micro small and medium enterprises in the country

Blame DOTC for MRT3 mess, experts tell Aquino

Jul 29, 2015 - 12:01 PM

Stop blaming the past administration and the private owner experts tell President Aquino

MIXED REVIEWS. Transportation experts say the Aquino administration succeeded in delivering roads and bridges, but failed in developing airports, sea ports, and railways.

Duterte to Aquino: Don’t you belong to a dynasty?

Jul 29, 2015 - 12:14 AM

The mayor of Davao City doubts President Aquino meant it when he said it is probably time to pass an anti dynasty law

LAST. President Benigno Aquino III delivers his last SONA during the 16th congress at the House of Representatives in Quezon City, July 27, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SONA 2015: Too rosy a picture of labor gains?

Jul 28, 2015 - 10:30 PM

Aquino fails to mention plans on how to address widespread contractual labor while groups challenge the President s claim that OFWs have returned for good

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his sixth 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 Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Business: More work for Aquino post-SONA 2015

Jul 28, 2015 - 7:30 PM

Following Aquino s last State of the Nation Address the business community acknowledges his administration s achievements but cites areas of improvement – from delayed economic reforms to peace and stability

President Benigno Aquino III delivers his last SONA in the joint session during the 16th congress at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on Monday, July 27, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Aquino pushes for FOI bill a day after SONA

Jul 28, 2015 - 6:16 PM

While President Aquino was silent on the freedom of information bill – one of his campaign promises – in his last SONA he mentions it in his 2016 budget message to Congress

FINALLY. It may have come too late but President Benigno Aquino III finally urged Congress to pass the Freedom of Information law to ensure permanency of transparency reforms. (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

OFWs on Aquino SONA: ‘What about us?’

Jul 28, 2015 - 5:35 PM

How do overseas Filipinos feel about Aquino s 5th and final State of the Nation Address?

GOING ABROAD. File photo of an OFW checking his requirements for employment. David Lozada/ Rappler

The President and his Bosses

Jul 28, 2015 - 3:12 PM

Protesters converge along Commonwealth Avenue to send their message to President Benigno Aquino

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 on MRT mess: 'Bad politics' to blame

Jul 28, 2015 - 1:39 PM

In his last State of the Nation Address President Aquino yet again blames political decisions for the deteriorating state of the MRT He said the same 5 years ago

CLAP TO STOP: Militant groups rally outside the MRT3 North Avenue station in Quezon City on Monday, January 5, against the recent implementation of the fare hike for the train systems in Metro Manila. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

IN MEMES: State of the Nation Address 2015

Jul 28, 2015 - 1:30 PM

The Internet captures the funniest the snarkiest the best of Filipino political humor

Dingdong Dantes on SONA 2015, 'number 1 fan' Marian Rivera

Jul 28, 2015 - 12:43 PM

Dingdong says it s very crucial to really choose and pick the right leader for the next administration

HAPPY COUPLE. Dingdong Dantes and his wife Marian Rivera at the YES! 15th anniversary party. Photo by Vernise Tantuco

SONA 2015: Sparse mention of agriculture, land reform

Jul 28, 2015 - 9:29 AM

In previous SONAs the president highlighted the improvement of agriculture and fisheries as benchmark for his promise of inclusive growth

SEEDS OF HOPE. Did the lives of farmers improve under the Aquino administration? File photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler

Aquino: No promises to make PPP implementation faster

Jul 28, 2015 - 8:30 AM

Instead of discussing actions to prevent delays in the implementation of public private partnership projects President Aquino asks for public s understanding in his last State of the Nation Address

MEETING EXPECTATIONS? The Aquino administration targets to complete 5 PPP projects by mid-2016, but only one has been constructed as of now

2 PNP intel officers, 15 others injured in SONA protests

Jul 27, 2015 - 11:46 PM

In spite of the incidents the police declared the SONA of President Aquino as generally peaceful

Photo by Vincent Bascos/Rappler Photo by Vincent Bascos/Rappler

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

Where's Mary Jane? Aquino's SONA silent on human trafficking

Jul 27, 2015 - 10:15 PM

While the number of trafficking convictions has increased under Aquino a US report says the number is considered low compared to the size of the problem

Aquino: PH will be 'first-world' within generation if reforms continue

Jul 27, 2015 - 10:00 PM

This is just the beginning you haven’t seen anything yet President Aquino says as he details in his last State of the Nation Address the economic gains under his watch

President Benigno Aquino III delivers his last SONA in the joint session during the 16th congress at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on Monday, July 27, 2015. 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

What Aquino failed to mention in his 2015 SONA

Jul 27, 2015 - 9:27 PM

Why were no references made to FOI agrarian reform and Mamasapano?

President Benigno Aquino III delivers his last SONA in the joint session during the 16th congress at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on Monday, July 27, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SONA 2015: Aquino admits need to do more after Yolanda

Jul 27, 2015 - 9:27 PM

In his last State of the Nation Address President Aquino makes true and false claims about the way government responded to major disasters

YOLANDA REHAB. Rehabilitation Secretary Panfilo Lacson submits the final Yolanda rehabilitation plan to President Benigno Aquino III in August 2014 at the Manila Memorial Park, where they heard Mass for the 5th death anniversary of the President's mother, Corazon Aquino. File photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

Duterte on SONA 2015: Aquino should stop blaming Arroyo

Jul 27, 2015 - 9:17 PM

The Davao mayor s son Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte shares the sentiment: If you continue to blame the previous administration it is like saying you did not do anything about the problem

GRADING AQUINO. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte – who watches the telecast of President Benigno Aquino III's speech at the Davao People's Park on July 27, 2015 – gives the State of the Nation Address a 7 on a scale of 1-10. Photo by Editha Caduaya/Rappler Editha Caduaya

WATCH: 'Asia's Got Talent' star Gwyneth Dorado sings national anthem at SONA 2015

Jul 27, 2015 - 9:00 PM

Gwyneth is one of the grand finalists of Asia s Got Talent season 1

SONA 2015: Fewer labor strikes under Aquino

Jul 27, 2015 - 8:49 PM

A labor group attributes the lower number of strikes to aggressive union busting

PROTEST. Labor groups protest in front of the labor department during the Global Day of Action for the Right to Strike, February 18 2015. Photo from Kilusang Mayo Uno

Binay stunned by Aquino's 'Eh di wow!'

Jul 27, 2015 - 8:35 PM

A visibly peeved Binay evades questions on the SONA and tells reporters he would reply in due time

TARGET. President Aquino alludes to Vice President Jejomar Binay in his State of the Nation Address. Rappler screengrab

Aquino: 'I am not perfect, I have fought the good fight'

Jul 27, 2015 - 8:09 PM

Hahayaan ko na pong kasaysayan ang humusga Let history judge me says President Aquino in his last State of the Nation Address

GOOD FIGHT. In his last State of the Nation Address, President Aquino says that imperfect though he may be, he fought the good fight. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SONA 2015, Poe on 2016, China’s reclamation | 6PM wRap

Jul 27, 2015 - 8:05 PM

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Netizens describe #SONAin3words

Jul 27, 2015 - 7:53 PM

How would you describe the sixth and final State of the Address SONA of President Benigno Aquino III?

What Aquino's SONA missed, according to Twitter users

Jul 27, 2015 - 7:49 PM

Here is what you thought the president missed during his SONA speech as well as other memorable moments on social media

SONA 2015: Aquino blames private firm for MRT3 woes

Jul 27, 2015 - 7:29 PM

The President does not take to task Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya over the MRT s frequent technical glitches and service interruptions

LESSER MAINTENANCE? This new MRT3 prototype train car will be delivered in the Philippines by August and will result in lesser maintenance requirement in the future. Photos from DOTC

Aquino urges 'unity' vs China as issue divides PH

Jul 27, 2015 - 7:24 PM

In his last State of the Nation Address President Benigno Aquino III says reason and love of country can counter China s economic and military might

'WELCOME TO CHINA.' Chinese President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Li Yuan welcome Philippine President Benigno Aquino III at a welcome dinner during the 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders' Meeting on November 10, 2014. Photo by Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

FULL TEXT: Aquino's 6th State of the Nation Address

Jul 27, 2015 - 7:09 PM

Read the 6th State of the Nation Address of President Benigno Aquino III

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Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program not a 'magic pill' – Aquino

Jul 27, 2015 - 7:09 PM

President Benigno Aquino III slams critics of his flagship alleviation program during his last State of the Nation Address

SONA 2015: Militant lawmakers stage protest inside plenary

Jul 27, 2015 - 6:45 PM

They carried placards that read: Serbisyo Palpak

LIGHTNING PROTEST. Militant lawmakers are able to get past security and stage a protest inside the Plenary Hall.

2016 endorsement? Aquino on Mar: 'You can't put a good man down'

Jul 27, 2015 - 6:22 PM

UPDATED For Roxas it s both a professional and personal affirmation It s as if my father told me I passed says the interior secretary

ANOINTED ONE? Interior Secretary Mar Roxas during the 2015 SONA. Rappler photo Rappler photo

SONA 2015: Protests turn violent

Jul 27, 2015 - 3:58 PM

Protesters however simply march on shouting anti Aquino chants

#StoryoftheNation: State of Hacienda Luisita

Jul 27, 2015 - 3:56 PM

Hacienda Luisita – owned by President Aquino s family – is the most famous case study of the alleged failure of the Philippines land reform program

WAITING FOR AGRARIAN RFORM. Farmer activists wait for the Department of Agrarian Reform to decide on disputed land Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac. File photo by Dax Simbol

IN PHOTOS: SONA 2015 fashion

Jul 27, 2015 - 3:44 PM

Kris Aquino Manny Pacquiao Heart Evangelista and Chiz Escudero Dingdong Dantes and more

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SONA 2015: The state of Philippine labor under Aquino

Jul 27, 2015 - 3:00 PM

Were laborers among President Benigno Aquino III s bosses?

Photo by Faye Sales/ Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Aquino's 6th State of the Nation Address

Jul 27, 2015 - 2:59 PM

This page will host the livestream of President Aquino s 6th and final SONA – and more

Poe to Aquino: What about FOI, MRT, agri?

Jul 27, 2015 - 1:15 PM

Poe urges Aquino to use his final year in office to push for the passage of the Freedom of Information bill fix the notorious MRT system and improve agriculture

AT THE SENATE OPENING. Senator Grace Poe and Bongbong Marcos prior to the formal opening of the Senate session, July 27, 2015. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler  Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

#SONA2015: The state of the RH law

Jul 27, 2015 - 1:12 PM

President Aquino you cannot let us down We need you to implement what you signed into law and make access to reproductive health services a reality

Nancy Binay on her 'boring,' simple SONA 2015 gown

Jul 27, 2015 - 12:47 PM

Nancy Binay says this year s gown designed by Randy Ortiz is boring – that is relative to her headline making gown last year

NANCY BINAY. The senator wears a Randy Ortiz gown to the SONA 2015. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

SONA 2015: The state of agriculture, fisheries under Aquino

Jul 27, 2015 - 12:45 PM

Before his last State of the Nation Address we take a look at the gains and failures in the agricultural and fisheries sector under President Aquino

FOR THE FARMERS. Are Filipino rice farmers better off after 5 years under the Aquino administration? Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

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

Jul 27, 2015 - 12:41 PM

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