Editorial: Same-same

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Monday, July 28, 2014

WE WAITED, hoping to have an incisive editorial about the State of the Nation Address (Sona) of President Benigno C. Aquino III. Long before it ended, all we could wrap our brains around was how the applause seems louder than the expected sound logically generated by those we see applauding every time the cameras pan around.

Well into the speech, the office broke out in loud laughter upon seeing Kris Aquino wipe her tears when the president turned teary-eyed after quoting his father’s famous quote, “The Filipinos are worth dying for.”

Sorry, folks, Freedom of Information is definitely not a priority of this administration. We should have realized that a long time ago. It never was.


We liked the ending though. When he said, “Palagay ko naman po naramdaman na niyo kung ano ang pagbabagong karapatan ng bawat pilipino at bahala na kayong ituloy ito.”

That’s it, folks, especially Mindanaoans, we’re on our own as we have always been on our own. We don’t need to wait the whole day and try to catch each word for the 93-minute speech interrupted 83 times by the unusually loud applause.

But then, we’ve always been on our own, aren’t we? In fact, we better able to thresh out and flesh out all our problems on our own. We should have known that the moment the president said that we are his boss at his inaugural speech.

There are two more Sonas to go. Having listened to five, we now understand why so much attention is being given on the gowns of the ladies in the House. There, we find something new every year. Something to gawk at, something to pan. No wonder too that journalists make it a point to count the number of times the crowd breaks out in applause. In these two, nothing is repeated. Last year, there were 88 rounds of applause, the year before, the Sona was interrupted by applause 120 times. This was the record so far as his 2012 Sona got only 48 rounds, while his first Sona only got 29.

See? Nothing is ever the same when you count the rounds of applause and take tabs of the ladies’ gowns.

We can’t say the same of the address. No wonder.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 29, 2014.


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