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PNoy Made a Mistake in Vetoing the P2,000 SSS Monthly Pension Increase?

Congress passed a bill proposing an increase in the monthly Social Security System (SSS) pension by P2,000. President Aquino vetoed the proposed law because, according to him, the increase will result to the bankruptcy of the SSS in the next 11 years. On the other hand, there seems to be nothing erroneous in the statements of Senator Cynthia Villar in her sponsorship speech of Committee Report 213 (incidentally, the speech also addresses the “scary” scenario that the SSS will go bankrupt). Incidentally, there’s another piece of legislation under watch by female employees — the 100-day maternity leave. Full text of the speech reproduced below. Feel free to express your thoughts on the matter through the comment section below. Continue reading

5th State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Benigno S. Aquino III

[State of the Nation Address of President Benigno S. Aquino III, fifth of sixth for his 6-year term, delivered at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives, Batasang Pambansa Complex, Quezon City, on 28 July 2014. Reproduced here for easy reference. See the official English translation. Feel free to express your reactions and opinions through the comment section below.] Continue reading

English Translation: Second State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Benigno Aquino III

(Note: English translation of the second State of the Nation Address [SONA] delivered by His Excellency Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, President of the Philippines, at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives, Batasan Pambansa Complex, Quezon City on 25 July 2011. Click here for the full text or transcript of the original Filipino version. The English translation is provided by the President’s media bureau.) Continue reading

Second State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Benigno S. Aquino III (Full Text)

(Note: This is the full transcript of the State of the Nation Address delivered by His Excellency Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, President of the Philippines, at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives, Batasan Pambansa Complex, Quezon City on 25 July 2011. See English translation of the full text.) Continue reading

Should Pres. Gloria Arroyo run in House of Representatives?

Let’s start this discussion with a brief backgrounder on the three branches of government. The Judiciary is headed by the Chief Justice. The Legislature is divided into the Senate (President of the Senate) and the House of Representatives (Speaker of the House). The executive department is headed by the President. Continue reading