June 30, 2011. President Benigno Aquino III marked his first year in office at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City, during the launch of the “Pilipinas Natin (Our Philippines)” campaign, his medium-term development plan. [Read P-Noy’s speech in English | Filipino]
During the day, Aquino announced that he has approved the P1.8-trillion national budget for 2012 and was ready for submission to Congress. In addition, Aquino signed into law Republic Act 10153, postponing this year’s ARMM elections, and synchronizing it to the 2013 local elections.
Also on the Covers:
- The smoking ban in Metro Manila by the MMDA was enforced July 1; violators are penalized P500
- Inquirer reports the the soft run of the “Bicol Express” train was delayed by six hours because of soft ground and an unusual hazard: grass
- Star reports that Ret. Arch. Oscar Cruz was outraged over the granting of SUVs to Catholic dioceses by the Arroyo administration
Front Pages 2011 is Pinoy Index’s way of looking back at notable events of 2011, as presented on the front page of the three leading broadsheet newspapers in the country: the Manila Bulletin, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and the Philippine Star.