MANILA, Philippines – What President Benigno Aquino III says in his last State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday afternoon, July 27, will have a direct impact on the lives of Filipinos. At the same time that the Chief Executive and his advisers were drafting and revising his speech, Rappler polled Facebook users on what issues they wanted Aquino to address for the remainder of his term.
We asked respondents to choose what they thought are the most important concerns from a list of six, which Rappler has also picked as issues that those wanting to succeed Aquino should address. (READ: The Philippines' #ToFixList). A total of 1,361 FB users cast their votes.
Below are the results as of July 24, 12:24pm (Manila time):
#SONA2015 POLL: What do you want President Aquino to talk about in his last State of the Nation Address (SONA)?
Corruption (1,121 votes)- The misuse and abuse of power and government resources that result from lack of accountability and transparency.
Peace process, autonomy, and livelihood for Mindanao (139 votes)- Mindanao's persistent problems of conflict, poverty, and lack of genuine autonomy continue to stunt its growth.
Social inequality (101 votes)- Food insecurity, hunger, and malnutrition and stunting adversely affect the country’s competitiveness.
Climate change and disasters (54 votes)- The impact of disasters in the Philippines is expected to worsen with climate change.
Foreign policy (51 votes)- The current tension in the South China Sea, the impending integration of the ASEAN economy, conflicts in other parts of the world, and security threats of social media-savvy terrorists pose a challenge to foreign policy.
OFWs (42 votes)- In 2014 alone, they contributed at least $27 billion to the Philippine economy – proof that they deserve better protection and well thought-out plans from government.
Did the results cover what you want to hear from the President? Are there other issues you want addessed? Share your thoughts on the comments section below! – Rappler.com