President Benigno Aquino III opened his SONA by greeting some honorable guests and by addressing the Filipino people as his bosses. This gives emphasis to the president’s advocacy to democracy and the Republic, where the government is by the people and for the people.
His controversial enactment of the Anti Wang-wang policy few years ago roused the interest of the public. Some say it is irrelevant and it was criticized by many. Yet, Aquino justifies the Anti Wang-wang policy and how it was meant to jumpstart his administration’s advocacy against corruption towards social justice and equality.
He said, “It has been two years since you (the Filipino people) said, we are tired of corruption and of poverty. It is time to restore a government that is truly on the side of the people.”
President Noynoy has been clear about his propaganda back in the last presidential elections. His campaign against corruption was what put him in his position as President of the Republic of the Philippines. He constantly reminds the people that he does not, and will never forget why he was elected.
Though, I still think it was kind of irrelevant and “political” to mention their family’s suffering during the Marcos regime. The Marcos regime is part of every Filipino’s history, whether they have lived through those years or not. The Martial Law is a sensitive, communal memory of the people and their posterity; and need not be brought up. It was, for me, like a cheap way of commemorating his father’s, Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., glory and heroism. Really, Noynoy should stop being in the shadows of his “glorified” parents.
He should, instead, let the people see him as a different individual that has become the president of the Philippines at his own right through the people, and not because he was only put into power for the reason that he was an offspring of two parents with political and charismatic genes.
Though, yes, he wouldn’t have been where he is if not for the status of his family and the Filipino’s patronizing to late Ninoy and Cory Cojuangco Aquino, but, election is over, and this SONA— is his.
President Noynoy has been sadly tagged as “incompentent” especially at the start of his regime and that infamous bus incident only made things worse for him. In address to this, the president’s SONA highlighted the achievements of his administration so far. He proves to the people that statistics and data would disprove the false accusations of him being an idle president.
He emphasized that it was a difficult start because he didn’t have enough to start with in the first place. The previous administrations left him nothing but debts to pay. Money in the bank was negative, and he is pressured to pay those debts in a span of six years! That seemed an impossible task given that these debts were carried over since Marcos’s time. Really, what can one person do? And then there are these groups of people frantically rallying and causing riot on the streets without even understanding first. I mean, I am on Noynoy’s side on this one.
And calm your horses! I still have to get to the good part—
“Tayo na ang nagpapautang.”, said P. Noy. The Philippines is now an active player in the economy of Asia. GDP has earned a 6.4% growth. President Aquino reported results of our economic gains! Multi-national companies are interested in the Philippines once again and have started to invest once more in our country. The country has regained the trust of foreign investors! And as the president said, it is all because the country is open for business under new management.
According to the President’s report, we have achieved change, and moreover, progress. We have now developments in education, budget on classrooms and textbooks for learning, the PhilHealth where free health medications for the poorest families and health benefits for everyone are made available, modernization of the Philippine Army, Housing programs, the establishment and empowerment of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), more job opportunities and TESDA, funds and developments in Research and the DOST, better transportation due to road constructions, new highways and railways, and even new airports.
I’d like to believe that the data and results provided to the people are legit and not manipulated. And I guess, I am more inclined to think that it is true. Few months ago, I was still studying in Manila and there had been developments observed in the metro. After 3 years, just this November of last year, I went home here in Iloilo and saw how much this city has developed from the time I left it. You can see the results in the eyes of a common citizen. This SONA, for me, has been generally straight forward, informative, and useful. Now, the people shall expect more from the administration and I hope the president lives through the expectations as he did at the start of his term.