In Between the Lines (SONA 2014)

“The Filipino is worth fighting for” – PNoy

Today, President Aquino delivered his 5th State of the Nation Address in Batasang Pambansa. It was claimed to be an emotional speech for a formal event and of course, praised and bashed by the Filipino people both in social media and for the live version, in Commonwealth.

His speech appeared to be a “showcase” of his achievements with a side of poetry garnished with tears. Some of his claims were cleverly supported by overwhelming and quite deceiving infographics accompanied with “Billion” in bold letters. What initially caught my attention was the large sum of money he claimed to be the new budget for certain sectors and programs. It gives me goosebumps imagining those cash accessible to the public and “ready” to use. Also, documentaries of people who experienced his help first hand contributed to the pool of emotions in batasang pambansa.

But in fairness to President Aquino, I must admit that he did a good job in some way. That 40B debt from FPGMA regime was paid off in his term and also the fast rehabilitation of the victims of Bagyong Yolanda (Typhoon Haiyan). The improvement on infrastructure can be perceived by most of the urbanized places and the fast process of papers is helpful to avoid “under the table” negotiations on the agencies of the government. This shows that the PNoy is aware of the sources of corruption and is doing something about it. As far as I’m concerned, I’m not against Pnoy’s governance. In fact, I still trust his plans for the country but there’s still lacking.

In his speech alone there were a LOT of points missing and as a student at a state university; I want to hear the reports on subsidies. Multifarious complains were received by the UP administration on the Socialized Tuition System and most scholars demand justice on their education.   Also, I was aware of the promising Malampaya project that could self-sustain the country’s oil and fuel needs but also recently, issues arose on corruption within the said project. It’s obvious that the president avoided discussing topics that are “going through a rough time”. The things mentioned above plus the DAP and PDAF scam are the most noisy issues in the Philippine TV for this year but he didn’t dwell in it…obviously.

I also don’t get the unnecessary emphasis on the security sector. Yes, modernization is important but I believe that no one is that much of a threat to our country. In fact, we ourselves are the most dangerous hazard instead of foreign attacks but this is just my opinion. I guess PNoy has his agenda on that one and we may never know.

To be honest, when it comes to other issues on “importing” and unaccomplished promises, we still cannot solely blame the president. He’s just one of the governing people in the country and as Filipinos, we must admit our individual faults. I believe that 50 percent or more of the population didn’t even bother to hear the president’s side and some doesn’t even know what’s going on in the country. There were a lot of good points on this year’s SONA but as always, people tend to find the faults rather than the beauty. It’s like having a clean glass of water but a drop of ink will stain it forever.

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