So Sona

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By Dennis Limlingan

The Advocate

Thursday, July 31, 2014

YEAR after year, whenever the President of the Republic delivers his or her State of the Nation Address (Sona) in Congress, a lot of reactions are drawn from either supporters or critics of the highest official of the land.

As expected, the supporters would not tell anything bad against their leader while the detractors would of course find fault in the President’s speech. The atmosphere during every Sona always smells politics, after all, the one who delivers the address is a politician and many other politicians too are listening to it.

Some of the rich would hear it perhaps for the simple reason of hearing it and nothing more. Some of the middle class meanwhile would listen to the Sona either to know what's going on and what lies ahead. Many of the poor wouldn't care because no matter what the President says, they will always be poor.


There are on the other hand, those with the critical minds who would be listening to the Sona to make in-depth analysis on the state of the nation and where this nation is going to.

The latest Sona of the President Benigno Simeon "PNoy" Aquino III is very more of a State of the Presidency Address, in fact it should have been called the Sopa rather than the Sona. Instead of telling what is the state of the Philippines today, His Excellency merely bragged about his accomplishments and mentioned what he plans to do for the remaining years of his presidency.

PNoy, since he assumed the highest post in the land, is known to be like a rabid dog that attacks his predecessor and the leaders. He is known to tackle problems of the past and compares them with today. He serves himself by portraying what he has done and what he is doing to clean his predecessor tracks which he considers a sordid government.

He is likewise adept in criticizing the men and women of the past administration but without tackling the mistakes and blunders of the men and women in the present government that he now leads.

Although the SONA should not be a campaign rally, it seems to be similar to his speech when he is still campaigning for the presidency. He digs deep into the faults of the past to perhaps portray himself as the solution to the errors in the past.

Like every political campaign that I’ve heard, the recent PNoy’s SONA vilified the problems of others and pictured the solutions that he has provided. The address was again made a problem-and-solution speech.

Never in the SONA have I heard PNoy’s mistake. What he has reported to Filipinos are the mistakes of others. Although he looked apologetic when he has shown his teary eyes, he never touched on various matters that he should have said.

There are many issues that were supposed to have been included in the President’s Sona. The country anyway knows where he should be focusing and where he is focused now.

He may have made promises but these were made indirectly, bereft of assurance to commoners whom he considers his “bosses”. He may have served the country for years as the President, with the opportunity of improving the social living conditions especially of the poor but majority of Filipinos believes that life hasn’t changed after all.

While the President’s political allies were so elated to their leader’s speech and his claimed accomplishments, there are still many on the streets denouncing the administrations inefficiency and ineffectiveness.

Perhaps one indication of the country’s growth is when we arrive at a scenario wherein no more individual or groups would be staging protest rallies on the streets during the President’s Sona.


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Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 01, 2014.


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