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PNoy forgot power crisis, not his stylist

By LITO RULONA and BEN SERRANO Correspondents PRESIDENT Aquino remembered to thank his hairstylist and fashion designer but “forgot” the power crisis that has been gripping Mindanao for years. Mixed reactions yesterday continued to greet Aquino’s sixth and final State-of-the-Nation Address (Sona) with this city’s vice mayor criticizing him over …

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Chiz quits two Senate finance body posts, cites ‘delicadeza’

SEN. Francis Escudero yesterday resigned as chairman of the powerful Senate Committee on Finance and as co-chairman of the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on Public Expenditures because he was planning on seeking higher public office next year. Escudero tendered his letter of resignation effective immediately to Senate President Franklin Drilon …

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Aquino to BBL critics: Give a better solution

DAVAO City––President Aquino only had a few words to say about the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) but he snapped back at those opposing it during his State-of-the-Nation Address (Sona) at the Batasang Pambansa on Monday. Aquino challenged them to propose a better solution to resolve the long-standing conflict, and he …

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Blackouts resume, spoil Sona viewing

By NITZ ARANCON Correspondent BLACKOUTS hit the city and parts of Misamis Oriental again yesterday, preventing thousands from watching and listening to President Aquino’s sixth and final State-of-the-Nation Address (Sona). Rotating four-hour power outages were scheduled again by the Cagayan Electric Power and Light Co. (Cepalco) after power load levels …

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Protests greet Sona in Oro

Text & Photos by Cong B. Corrales, Associate Editor SOME 3,000 people braved the midday sun and marched the streets, here, to dramatize their protest over the wanting performance of President Benigno Aquino III, in time for the latter’s last State of the Nation Address (Sona), Monday. In an interview, …

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‘I have fought the good fight’

“I HAVE fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” President Aquino quoted the seventh verse of the fourth chapter of the second epistle of St. Paul to Timothy to cap off his over two-hour State-of-the-Nation Address (Sona) at the Batasan Pambansa yesterday. Aquino …

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Rodriguez sees House approving BBL by September

REP. Rufus Rodriguez of the city’s 2nd District yesterday said he was optimistic that the Lower House would be able to pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law by the middle of September. Rodriguez said this even as Speaker Feliciano Belmonte said he was confident the Senate and the Lower House …

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