At the end of President Benigno Aquino III’s first State of the Nation Address, in 2010, he captured the hopes of a scandal-weary public with a simple declaration: “Puwede na muling mangarap”—We can dream again.
By Conrado de Quiros
The last time P-Noy delivered the State of the Nation Address, he was triumphant. Last year’s Sona was the longest by far, lasting more than an hour.
By Neal H. Cruz
The poor state of the nation must already be coming out of your ears, so today I will save you the irritation by switching to a controversy also close to the stomach. This is the development of a variety of eggplant resistant to pests, the Bt talong, through biotechnology.
By Ramon Farolan
In the presidential election held last July 9, a former furniture maker from Surakarta in Central Java, Joko Widodo, was declared the winner over retired general Prabowo Subianto. Prabowo was once married to Siti Hediati Suharto, daughter of the late Indonesian strongman who ruled the nation for some 30 years after the fall of President Sukarno.
By Antonio Montalvan II
Five years ago, there was an impassioned outburst of national emotions. Cory Aquino had just died on Aug. 1. Requiem Masses were held throughout the country. Flags were flown at half-staff. Erstwhile foes praised her as the “mother of the nation,” a “national treasure.”