Here are my prepared remarks and presentation for the meeting of the House Committee on Information and Communication Technology, held on May 20, 2015:

Honorable chair and members, good afternoon. Thank you for the invitation to attend and speak at this meeting.

All the measures now being heard in this meeting deserve hearing, study, and approval by the committee, by the House and by the whole Congress:

  • House Resolution 186 of Congressman Arnel Ty;
  • House Resolution 630 of Congressman Terry Ridon;
  • House Resolution 1012 of Congressmen Neri Javier Colmenares and Carlos Isagani Zarate;
  • House Bill 2794 of Congressman Anthony Bravo and Cresente Paez; and
  • House Bill 5331 of Congressman Winnie Castelo.

Individually and collectively, these measures tell the sad or anger-inducing or patience-snapping stories of many students, parents, workers, farmers, professionals, entrepreneurs, businessmen, or congressmen. If there’s one thing aside from terrible traffic that we all suffer from together, it is the dismal state of internet and telephony services in the country. No one is spared from these horrors that should be preventable and easy to solve. 

His Holiness Pope Francis arrives at the 250th PAW of the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City for the State Visit and Apostolic Journey to the Republic of the Philippines on Thursday afternoon (January 15, 2015). (Photo by Robert Viñas/ Malacañang Photo Bureau)
Pope Francis looks from inside his plane upon touchdown at Manila’s Villamor Airbase last January 15, 2015. (Photo by Robert Viñas/ Malacañang Photo Bureau)

In his Jan. 15-19 state and pastoral visit to the Philippines. Pope Francis spoke to Filipinos on his thoughts about issues and concerns that confront the country and the world. He called for an end to corruption and for fair treatment for the poor, and personally consoled with the survivors of supertyphoon Haiyan.

This post gathers the full transcripts, highlights and videos of the Papal remarks in the Philippines.

At a glance, here are the links to full texts of the pope’s speeches:

The pope also led the people gathered at the Tacloban Airport mass in an impromptu thanksgiving prayer after Communion.

Legislators packed the session hall of the House of Representatives for President Aquino's speech. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez via Yahoo! News)

Here is a text of President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino’s first  State of the Nation Address which he delivered on July 26, 2010 before a joint session of Congress at the Batasan Pambansa Complex in Quezon City:

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte; Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile; Vice President Jejomar Binay; Chief Justice Renato Corona; Former Presidents Fidel Valdez Ramos and Joseph Ejercito Estrada; members of the House of Representatives and the Senate; distinguished members of the diplomatic corps; my fellow workers in government;

saturocampo4senatorThe following is the statement of Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo as he filed today at the Commission on Elections his certificate of candidacy for senator in the 2010 elections:

“Today, I am filing my certificate of candidacy for senator of the Republic full of hope for our people and our nation. Through the coming elections, the time is ripe to end nine years of misrule under the Arroyo administration. Our people yearn for change, and now is the perfect opportunity for us to make that change.

I am running for the position of Senator of the Republic for three reasons:

Jovito Palparan (Courtesy of
Jovito Palparan (Courtesy of

A low-profile Member of Congress broke his silence last week and launched a stinging tirade and expose against controversial former general-turned-Bantay Rep. Jovito Palparan.

Palparan is widely known as “the butcher” for “inspiring” the extrajudicial murder of activists when he was still an officer of the Philippine Army. If you remember, despite this bloody human rights record, President Arroyo singled out Palparan in one of her SONA speeches.

In his speech last Sept. 14, Rep. Reynaldo Uy of Western Samar did not mince words. It was at times shocking, at other times humorous, but the speech highlighted once more how Palparan demeaned the Philippine Army before and further besmirches Congress at present:

Sen. Manuel  "Mar" Roxas II (Courtesy of
Sen. Manuel "Mar" Roxas II (Courtesy of

Sen. Mar Roxas has confirmed that he will play second fiddle to Liberal Party presidential candidate Sen. Noynoy Aquino to whom he gave way some weeks back.

In a press conference today, Roxas formally accepted the invitation to be Aquino’s runningmate and made the following remarks:

Maraming maraming salamat po. Magandang tanghali po. Maayong udto ka inyong tanan. Eid dun said, happy holidays to our Muslim brothers. Maraming salamat po.

Salamat Noynoy sa tiwalang pinagkaloob mo sa akin. Salamat sa napakalaking karangalan na maging kasama mo sa paglilingkod sa bayan. Thank you for this opportunity to work with you as we raise the banner of reform. Thank you for the privilege of joining you and all our kababayans in the fight for decency and integrity in public service, and for a government that puts the people’s interest first.

Sen. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III (Courtesy of
Sen. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III (Courtesy of

Senators Noynoy Aquino and Mar Roxas today announced their presidential and vice presidential team-up under the  Liberal Party at a press conference held at the Club Filipino in San Juan.

Here are Aquino’s remarks that formally announced Roxas as his running-mate:

Magandang umaga sa inyong lahat, lalo na kay Joker Arroyo. Sabi po kasi niya dati, ang partido po natin ay kakasya sa isang Volkswagen Beetle. Makiusap po ako sa kanya, kailangan po namin ng transportation. Pakihanda na ang  lahat ng Beetle sa Pilipinas.


Defense Secretary and presidential aspirant Gilbert Teodoro spoke September 10 before the conservative Heritage Foundation in the US.

According to the Heritage Foundation, “the United States has no closer relationship in Asia than that with the Philippines. The two countries are bound together by history, family, values, interests and treaty. Among other things, they are critical partners in the war on terror and in the maintenance of a regional balance that favors the forces of freedom. [Teodoro] is a quickly up-and-coming political leader.

Youngest sister Kris and President Cory Aquino flank Sen. Noynoy Aquino in a 2007 political rally (Photo grabbed from
Youngest sister Kris and President Cory Aquino flank Sen. Noynoy Aquino in a 2007 political rally (Photo grabbed from

A day after Sen. Mar Roxas purportedly gave up his presidential ambitions in favor of the only son of former President Cory Aquino and former Sen. Ninoy Aquino, it was Sen. Noynoy Aquino‘s turn tonight to speak.

Here is a full transcript of the statement made by the younger Sen. Aquino at a press conference at Club Filipino:

Mar Roxas lights a candle at the tomb of former President Aquino whose son Noynoy he now vowed to support as Liberal Party presidential candidate. (Courtesy of

PLEASE SEE UPDATES BELOW. Liberal Party President and Senator Mar Roxas II made the following “major and important announcement” tonight at the historic Club Filipino.

After months of being considered LP’s presidential candidate-in-waiting, Roxas formally gave way to partymate Senator Noynoy Aquino, son of former President Cory Aquino and former Sen.  Ninoy Aquino. Noynoy and other LP leaders joined Roxas at the press conference.

Roxas could not have chosen a better date to make this announcement as it falls exactly a month after the death of President Aquino who herself took her presidential oath of office at the same venue.

However, Roxas did not directly state that he is open to be Aquino’s runningmate or whether he will abandon plans to run for higher office and instead run for reelection as senator next year.

Following are excerpts of Sen. Roxas’ statement:

Here is the full text of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s speech before a joint session of Congress today, July 27, at the Batasan Pambansa. Outside of the legislature, tens of thousands were protesting, and vowing to make it her last State of the Nation Address ever.

Previous SONA speeches: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008

Here is her SONA speech for 2009:

Thank you, Ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon. Before I begin my report to the nation, please join me first in a moment of prayer for President Cory Aquino. Senate President Enrile, Speaker Nograles, Senators, Representatives, Vice President de Castro, former President Ramos, Chief Justice Puno, Ambassadors friends:

The past twelve months have been a year for the history books. Financial meltdown in the West spread throughout the world.

Tens of millions lost their jobs; billions across the globe have been hurt—the poor always harder than the rich. No one was spared.