President Aquino 'Pnoy' 4th SONA on July 22, 2013 highlights

Manila, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III 'Pnoy' on Monday, July 22, 2013 will deliver his 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the opening of the first regular session of the Sixteenth Congress at Batasan Pambansa.

President NoyNoy Aquino to deliver his 4th SONA on July 22, 2013
President NoyNoy Aquino to deliver his 4th SONA on July 22, 2013
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The fourth SONA of the president will highlight the accomplishment of different department of the government and the results of his promises during SONA 2012.

According to reports, Pnoy's speech will tackle mainly on the passage of the laws on Reproductive Health (RH) and sin tax.

The controversial RH Law, which is now being questioned at the high court for allotting billions for contraceptives despite the insufficient budget allotted to state hospitals. On the other hand, Malacanang is confident that the Reproductive Health (RH) Law could withstand legal questions and could be implemented soon.

On his last SONA, PNoy received loud applause from the audience multiple times, which the loudest applause was when he gave a hint that he is supporting the RH Bill (Reproductive Health Bill), which he said he believes that its approval will help a lot to improve the country’s economy.
The sin tax measure, meanwhile, aims to generate state revenues by imposing higher taxes on tobacco and alcohol.

SONA 2013 will also highlight different aspects of the nation - economy, jobs, asset reform, education, sports, government and ethics, health and environment, tourism, justice, urban poor, issues in Mindanao, foreign affairs and national security.

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