President benigno aquino iii successfully delivered his fifth state of the nation address
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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President Benigno Aquino III successfully deliveredhisfifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) at
the Batasang Pambansa Complex in Quezon City and discussed matters regarding the country’s
economy, defenses, public works, education, and many more.
President Noynoy, or PNoy also addressedthose keen to bring his administration down.
Unfortunately, he did not delve deeper into the controversialDisbursement AccelerationProgram
(DAP) that many of the citizens and critiqueshave been waiting for. The DAP merely receiveda
notable mention with, of course, slight defense.
In his talk, the government meant well. There was no admission of any major problems in the
system, and nothing about what is eating the country fromthe inside and out: corruption. If
youwere visiting fromMars and randomly droppedinto one of the comfy Batasan chairs to hear the
president’s speech, youwould probably feelvery optimistic about living in the Philippines – the
improvements, the country’sacceleration, andthe implied contentment of the citizens; it almost
sounded too good to be true.
All of the funds, accordingto the president, went to the placesthey are supposed to go. There are
new fighter jets, helicoptersand a landing ship. There are also new weaponry and arsenal for soldiers
and police officersalike. Respondents and relief workerswere quick during disaster situations. The
educationhas been widespread all over the country that our natives are now sent to school.
Thisadministration deservesa lot of credit for what it has done for the country. It is now at
investment rate, the economy is flourishing, and there are no bloody conflictsor horrendous
kidnappings. Plans for road development and improvements, housing, schools, and other
infrastructure are underway.
The president’s SONA is full of metaphors; at some point he was the captain on a ship, ferrying
the Filipino people froman island of corruptionto an island of flourishing beauty. It’sall so dreamy
– he discussed mainly the beauty of what is on the surface, but not what is rotting at the core.
ThisSONA is the president’s fifth, the secondto the last, and we are expectinghim to discuss more
about what is happening now – impeachment complaints because of DAP, territorialdisputes, pork
barrel scam, energy problems and more.
It is all very superficial. Despite the improvements, there are matters deep in the crevicesof the
systemgreatly affectingthe country that have been left unmentioned. There are many comparisons
between his administration and the old, and most of all, there is lot of spite expressed fromhis
attackers. We appreciate the positivity and the improvementsbut sheer avoidance of more pressing
matters is not a development in any form.
Also, we are irkedby the frequency of KrisAquino’s appearance. She lookedlike she was watching
heavy teledramawith her emotional crumpled face and notable tissue dabbing. Nothing the
president said was tear-worthy.