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P.Noy’s 1st SONA: The Hits, And Misses (Retitled)

July 27, 2010

37 minutes surely weren’t enough to address  all the concerns, even for a President with the euphoric wind of a landslide election victory on his back and the highest ever popularity rating.

Our administration is facing a forked road. On one direction, decisions are made to protect the welfare of our people; to look after the interest of the majority; to have a firm grip on principles; and to be faithful to the public servant’s sworn oath to serve the country honestly.

This is the straight path.

On the other side, personal interest is the priority, and where one becomes a slave to political considerations to the detriment of our nation.

This is the crooked path.

For a long time, our country lost its way in the crooked path. As days go by (since I became President), the massive scope of the problems we have inherited becomes much clearer. I could almost feel the weight of my responsibilities…

Sa unang anim na buwan ng taon, mas malaki ang ginastos ng gobyerno kaysa sa pumasok na kita. Lalong lumaki ang deficit natin, na umakyat na sa 196.7 billion pesos. Sa target na kuleksyon, kinapos tayo ng 23.8 billion pesos; ang tinataya namang gastos, nalagpasan natin ng 45.1 billion pesos. Ang budget po sa 2010 ay 1.54 trillion pesos….(http://atmidfield.com/2010/07/26/pres-benigno-simeon-c-aquinos-sona-2010/#more-9442)

So did our 5th President in his maiden SONA begin giving us a non-photoshopped snapshot of the nation which his widely reviled predecessor misgoverned for 9 years with her penchant for entering into questionable deals, executive edicts of dubious constitutionality, and badly prioritized use of public money with as much as 70% lost to corruption.

To Pres. Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III’s credit, while the new administration is really still just warming its seat, resolute actions are being made to stem graft and unmitigated greed in such areas as public works and revenue collection, stemming extra-legal killings and restarting peace talks with the communists and Moro separatists.

There are clear directives to cut red tape in government side by side with the estranged public and private sectors now holding hands on initiatives to attract investments and rev up infrastructure development.

These moves deserve 5 stars.

The President’s failure to say anything about agrarian reform, reproductive health. the plight of our migrant workers, and foreign policy raises question marks.

Still in sum, it was a State Of the Nation Address that gives reason to hope and prods ordinary Filipinos to do their.

The details are telling: P.Noy’s bike being the U.S.A and a yellow-ribboned Mickey Mouse.

And here’s a close up:

For the very first time, the militants saw no need to burn the presidential effigy just yet.

Note, though, the bubbles shooting out of his left hand. The protesters said these symbolize the President’s SONA promises.

Still they  are hopeful, albeit guarded.

This is the best news.

POSTSCRIPT

You Midfielder apologizes.

I confess to missing the stark fact that the President failed to provide his action roadamap for giving fruition to our dreams and his own.

Equally important, President Aquino should have told the nation what he intended to do to remedy about the dirty laundry left by the Arroyo regime beyond the still unorganized Truth Commission.

People observe correctly that with his immense political capital, he can pull out and crack the whip for Congress, his administration’s political enemies included, not be stumbling blacks to our new tomorrow.

In the next 100 days and beyond.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. 5philipp permalink
    July 27, 2010 9:20 am

    With meager budget on hand, it is understandable that only a handful can be taken into account as first priorities. But programs on the short term, the middle term and the long term should have been laid out to give us a clearer idea of the direction the present administration is leading us into.

    On the whole, you are right Ding! Now we have HOPE and reason to do our part.

    • July 27, 2010 9:43 am

      My further take on this is the onus of succeeding or failing is on the new government. I’m gung ho on its efforts… so far. But let’s all remain vigilant, too…

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