Accident Laborers, drivers, fisherfolk and teachers staged protests in Bacolod City as President Benigno Aquino III delivered his final SONA yesterday afternoon* (Andy Alvarez photos)

Next election referendum
for ‘straight path' – PNoy
BY CARLA GOMEZ

President Benigno Aquino urged Filipinos yesterday to elect a new leader with the zeal to pursue the reforms started under his watch that have led to the fastest economic growth in the country's history.

In his sixth and last State of the Nation Address, Aquino said his anti-corruption campaign has transformed the Philippines to being “Asia's Rising Tiger”, “Asia's Rising Star”, and “Asia's Bright Spot”.

The reforms have led to a more business-friendly Philippines, creating more jobs that ushered in 6.2 percent average annual economic growth in the past five years, he said.moremoremore

He's choosing
Roxas, Benitez says
BY GILBERT BAYORAN

MANILA -Rep. Alfredo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) is optimistic that President Benigno Aquino III will endorse Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas as the Liberal Party's presidential standard bearer.

“He (PNoy) will endorse Mar within a week,” Benitez, who is the LP Negros Occidental provincial chairman, in his own personal assessment, said last night.

Even Senate President Franklin Drilon is expecting Roxas to be endorsed by the President.moremoremore

 

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Negrenses react
to Aquino's SONA
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

Locales from the different sectors of the Negros Oriental community expressed varied opinions on the sixth and final State of the Nation Address of President Benigno Aquino III during the opening of the 16th Congress at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City yesterday.

While giving him a rating of between five and eight, on a scale of one to 10, the reactors said they still want to see the President follow through with certain concerns and other issues as he enters the final stretch of his term ending in mid-2016.

“Though there are things I was expecting to be included (in his SONA) but not mentioned, I felt the sincerity of his words,” Salustiano Jimenez, Department of Education division of schools superintendent of Negros Oriental, said. moremoremore