As President Benigno Aquino prepared to give the State of Nation address, protesters marched to the heavily guarded House of Representatives where the speech was to take place, clashing with anti-riot squads. At least 15 were injured as protesters demanded jobs, and land for farmers. During Aquino’s two-hour address, he acknowledged continued problems with corruption, incompetence and irregularities, but noted the country’s rapid growth, which hit 7.8 percent, outpacing China. Even with the growth increases, the Philippines unemployment rate hit 7.5 percent in April – a 3-year high.
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