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Transcript of President Noynoy Aquino’s 2011 State of the Nation Address

The Office of the President, through its official website, has just published the transcript of President Noynoy Aquino’s 2011 State of the Nation Address. He gave his address almost entirely in Filipino (http://www.gov.ph/2011/07/25/benigno-s-aquino-iii-second-state-of-the-nation-address-july-25-2011). I am reposting here the English translation, which I got from http://www.gov.ph/2011/07/25/benigno-s-aquino-iii-second-state-of-the-nation-address-july-25-2011-en.

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Saudization means fewer overseas work opportunities for Filipinos

by Mark Pere Madrona (This blog has been published in DefinitelyFilipino.com last August 11:  http://definitelyfilipino.com/blog/2011/08/11/saudization-means-fewer-overseas-work-opportunities-for-filipinos/) Through the years, much has been written about the misfortunes that plagued overseas Filipino workers. Countless OFWs have been abused physically and sexually. Many were forced to work in extremely

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Thaksin, President Arroyo, and other Filipino politicians

To me, Thaksin is a composite of three Filipino politicians: former presidents Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Joseph Estrada (a former movie actor), and Senator (and 2010 presidential candidate) Manuel Villar, Jr. Arroyo shares Thaksin’s economic savvy.  Both also faced allegations of corruption, public disenchantment, and military