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President Aquino’s Last Mile

An (Early) Assessment of His Presidency

On June 27, 2015, Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III delivered his sixth and final State of the Nation Address (SONA) before Congress. Since Aquino, due to the term limit provided by the constitution, is not allowed to run for a second term in the national elections in May 2016, it is time for an (early) assessment of his Presidency. more…

Benedikt Seemann | August 7, 2015

Pope Francis in the Philippines

The "Pope for the Poor"

From the 15th until the 19th of January 2015, Pope Francis visited the Philippines, where 100 million inhabitants, 80 million Catholics, and 25 million people live in poverty. During his visit, Pope Francis proved to be a “Pope for the Poor.” Offsite of the country’s capital, the Pontifex also visited Tacloban that was hit the hardest by typhoon Yolanda in November 2013. more…

Benedikt Seemann | January 21, 2015

The Aquino Administration at the mid of its term

Assessment of its policies and achievements in key areas

When Benigno (Noynoy) Aquino was elected in May 2010, it was a huge wave of hope that swept him in a landslide victory into the office of the Philippine President. However, there are also critical voices with regard to the selectiveness of his public campaigning against corruption. more…

Dr. Peter Köppinger | May 8, 2013

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