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State of the Nation Address 2012 – full transcript

Full text of President Aquino’s third SONA (courtesy of http://www.gov.ph/sona-2012/): THIRD STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS OF HIS EXCELLENCY BENIGNO S. AQUINO III PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES TO THE CONGRESS OF THE […]

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International group slams Aquino human rights record

Philippines: Two Years Under Aquino, Abuses Go UnpunishedNo Successful Prosecutions of Security Forces for Killings, ‘Disappearances’ (press release from Human Rights Watch) (New York, June 28, 2012) – President Benigno Aquino III […]

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Accepting the post of Chief Justice is Renato Corona’s original sin

In Christian theology, “original sin” refers to the consequence of Adam and Eve’s disobedience to God when they ate the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden upon the instigation of the […]

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Presbitero Velasco – the dark horse in the race for Chief Justice

Will he appoint a Chief Justice compliant to his wishes? What is more important to him, a compliant Chief Justice or one who has a mind of his own? – Inquirer columnist […]

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Corona Impeachment Judgment Day – Acquittal on Article III, VII seen

Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona will most likely get acquitted in Article III and VII. The first one charges that Corona flip-flopped on the case involving Flight Attendants and Ste­ward Association […]

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2010 Philippine Census of Population – a case for passing the RH bill

The National Statistics Office released earlier this month the results of the 2010 Census of Population and Housing. The figures were made official by President Benigno Aquino III through Proclamation 362, which […]

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Birthday greetings for Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, 65!

Former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is celebrating her 65th birthday this April 5 (Maundy Thursday). In a statement released last Wednesday, Arroyo called on Filipinos to be “united in […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Face-to-face with Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at VMMC

A few days after being placed under hospital arrest for allegedly committing electoral sabotage, I wrote a blog about a fictional interview with former President and now Pampanga 2nd district Rep. Gloria […]

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Was Edcel Lagman junked for supporting the Aquino-backed RH bill?

In a brief but strongly-worded press statement released last Thursday afternoon, Albay 1st District Rep. Edcel Lagman announced his resignation as House Minority Leader to give way to Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez. […]

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“It’s the economy, student!” Gloria Arroyo tells Noynoy Aquino

“The president’s approach to fighting corruption is to punish the sins of the past rather than try to prevent crimes in future. Mr. Aquino has proposed few reforms to the system… Recent […]

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Analyzing Toni Gonzaga’s interview with Bongbong Marcos

Celebrity talk show host and actress Toni Gonzaga is getting flak for her recent interview with former Senator and defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. for her web show “Toni […]

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United Nations month theme for 2021 – “International Year of Fruits and Vegetables”

The United Nations (UN) will be celebrating its 76th foundation anniversary this October 24. Because of that, October of every year is known all over the world, including the Philippines, as the […]

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#BotongPinoy2022 – Manny Pacquiao officially joins 2022 presidential race

Senator Manny Pacquiao has officially declared his candidacy for the 2022 presidential elections Sunday afternoon. Pacquiao, the only boxer in world history to have won titles in eight different weight divisions, has […]

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Filipino netizen Mary Jane Fabre goes after the diplomatic passports of BTS, fails spectacularly

The seven-member supergroup BTS earned further admiration around the world this week when President Moon Jae-In of their home country South Korea officially appointed them as his government’s Special Presidential Envoy for […]

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