A Reaction to President Aquino’s SONA 2014


President Benigno Aquino III successfully delivered his fifth 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 addressed those keen to bring his administration down. Unfortunately, he did not delve deeper into the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) that many of the citizens and critiques have been waiting for. The DAP merely received a 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 from the inside and out: corruption. If you were visiting from Mars and randomly dropped into one of the comfy Batasan chairs to hear the president’s speech, you would probably feel very optimistic about living in the Philippines – the improvements, the country’s acceleration, and the implied contentment of the citizens; it almost sounded too good to be true.

All of the funds, according to the president, went to the places they are supposed to go. There are new fighter jets, helicopters and a landing ship. There are also new weaponry and arsenal for soldiers and police officers alike.  Respondents and relief workers were quick during disaster situations. The education has been widespread all over the country that our natives are now sent to school.

This administration deserves a 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 conflicts or 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 from an island of corruption to an island of flourishing beauty. It’s all so dreamy – he discussed mainly the beauty of what is on the surface, but not what is rotting at the core.

This SONA is the president’s fifth, the second to the last, and we are expecting him to discuss more about what is happening now – impeachment complaints because of DAP, territorial disputes, pork barrel scam, energy problems and more.

It is all very superficial. Despite the improvements, there are matters deep in the crevices of the system greatly affecting the 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 from his attackers. We appreciate the positivity and the improvements but sheer avoidance of more pressing matters is not a development in any form.

Also, we are irked by the frequency of Kris Aquino’s appearance. She looked like she was watching heavy teledrama with her emotional crumpled face and notable tissue dabbing. Nothing the president said was tear-worthy.