Today, August 3, 2015.
VP Binay delivers his “True SONA” today
Vice President Jejomar Binay will deliver his own version of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) today, August 3, in Cavite State University Gymnasium in Indang, Cavite at 4:00 in the afternoon. Binay’s “True SONA” is expected to be a rebuttal on President Aquino’s sixth and final SONA which was delivered last Monday, July 27. This “True SONA” will depend on what is presented in President Aquino’s speech, said the vice president. However, Binay has already stated his intention of delivering his own version of SONA even before President Aquino delivers his.
LTFRB requires public buses to install GPS units
Starting September, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will require all public utility buses (PUBs) to install Global Positioning System (GPS) gadget which will monitor the speed limits. Through GPS installation, the speed of the bus will be regulated electronically even without the traffic enforcer. According to Atty. Winston Ginez, chairman of LTFRB, these units will ensure the safety and security of the passengers and drivers. However, provincial buses are scheduled to install the units from September 1 until February 2016 while city buses’ installation will start from January until April 2016.
Voters are smarter in choosing leaders now ― Palace
Palace overlooks Vice President Jejomar Binay’s banter to Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas who was recently endorsed as administration’s standard-bearer for 2016. Binay pointed out that he defeated Roxas in the vice presidential race in 2010 which he added, will be his advantage in the coming elections. He also commented about DILG chief’s drawn out drama regarding President Aquino’s confirmation of his desired successor. According to Abigail Valte, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson, there was no suspicion or fear brought by the Vice President’s statements. She added that situation now is different from the year Binay got elected because in 2010, his alleged anomalies were not yet revealed to the public; now, numerous corruption allegations are being hurled against him and his family.
PH Economy to perform better in 2016
The Philippine Economy is expected to grow better in 2016 as the government continues to deal with the blockage in public spending, said National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). According to Emmanuel F. Esguerra, NEDA deputy director-general, the economy’s biggest problem is the “slower-than-programmed pace of public spending, particularly the decline in public construction.” The public spending’s issue caused slower growth from 5.6 percent in the first quarter of 2014 to 5.2 percent in the same period this year. On the other hand, the government is targeting a full-year growth of seven to eight percent this year and the next.
Azkals boosts chances of reaching World Cup 2018
Philippine Azkals continues to increase chance of reaching World Cup 2018 as the team performs better in their games. According to Dan Palami, team manager of Azkals, reaching the third match is a great challenge for the team since their group is comprised of some very strong teams. He added that Azkals did not just win the two rounds but played good football for the country as well. Philippines beat Bahrain in the first World Cup Qualifiers match and also won against Yemen in the second round. Philippine Azkals faces Uzbekistan on Sept. 8 at Philippine Sports Stadium in Bulacan.