Philippines: State of the Nation Address

Inside PCIJ blogs about the reactions to Philippines president President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s state of the nation address.


  • Rostero

    Excellent State of the Nation report. Perhaps some of them are a little too soon to report about but overall it was excellent. The dollar-to-peso exchange being at P44.80 or lower to the dollar is for me quite sufficient. That means our PESO is very strong and is getting stronger by the day. Only about a year or so ago, the exchange rate was at P55.60 to the dollar. If you are an investor, that jump would have given you a big return on your investment. Our economy is on the rise, bullish and expanding. I don’t care about all the other stuff for now. When all the people have jobs, and we have got poverty, homelessness and hunger licked, then we can afford to bitch about all the other rights that the opposition likes to bitch and whine about. Meantime, I’m tired of all the politics that goes into making this nation better than Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam. They were behind us economically at one time but becoz of the bickering that went on in our country, these other countries are now in front of us or fast gaining grounds. When will we Filipinos learn. We have got to get together and unite as a nation so we can move the country forward. Let’s have a constitutional change NOW!

  • JJ

    Does anyone remember when Marcos used to manipulate dollar to perso exchange rate?

    It seems like Rostero really believes what Gloria has been saying. Probably you need to check your statistics and see what really is happening.

    Corruption is at its highest. Tax collection increased only due to VAT extension. Can you see the police doing their jobs nowadays? Have you seen politicians in the GMA side having been convicted?

    Man, this government thrives in an inverted triangle. And all that you see is the top.

    I am a tax payer and i see no program for population control, punishment of the corrupt, less order in the streets. And you think things are getting better? Maybe you only see the constructions being done by politicians if that’s the way you measure.

    And not to mention injustice by the government. At its peak.

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