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SONA means hope, lies for Pinoys abroad

President Arroyo’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday elicited opposing reactions from Filipinos living abroad. In Austria, Mrs. Arroyo’s SONA renewed hope among overseas Filipino workers.

FVR: RP needs to address 'ticking bombs'

In a seeming rebuttal of President Arroyo’s blissful view of the state of the nation, former president Fidel Ramos told a gathering of foreign consuls Wednesday that the Philippines needs to diffuse a number of “ticking time bombs” that could derail the progress of the nation.

All systems go for 2008 SONA

Rain or shine, it’s all systems go for President Gloria Arroyo’s 2008 State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday afternoon. Last-minute security checks and coordination inside and outside the Batasang Pambansa kept security officials at the House busy to ensure that President Arroyo’s second to the last SONA in Read more »

Nograles: PCIJ report on House facelift ‘baseless and unjust’

FIDEL JIMENEZ – Speaker Prospero Nograles Jr on Sunday dismissed as “baseless, unjust and one-sided” the report of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) regarding the high cost of the renovation of the Batasan Complex.

House Facelift to Cost Taxpayers P1 Billion; Fund Source a Puzzle

by TITA C. VALDERAMA – The massive renovation project at the House of Representatives in time for the eighth state of the nation address (SONA) of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was initially estimated to cost P200 million. But the PCIJ discovered that the prettified House will actually cost taxpayers some P1 Read more »

The Sacred VAT

BY BENJIE OLIVEROS – There is a growing clamor for the removal of the VAT on petroleum products to ease local prices, especially since it adds from P4 to P6 peso to pump prices. Just recently, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines echoed the same demand.