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Reality Unchecked

On President Aquino’s State of the Nation Address 2014

Amid heightened public clamor for his impeachment and accountability for the Disbursement Acceleration Program, President Benigno Aquino III delivered his fifth State of the Nation Address last Monday, July 28,  again trumpeting the exceptional economic growth, improved credit ratings, fiscal stability and good governance—all of which purportedly sets the foundation for an economic take off beyond his term in 2016. But realities of decreasing quality of work, alarming job losses, deepening poverty and a beleaguered leadership were not mentioned and unchecked.

Selective reporting: one side of the coin

To dispel mounting distrust on his leadership, Aquino selectively reported statistics to demonstrate that sustained economic growth in his last four years somehow trickled down: increased …

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