Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s SONA 2009 a failure – half of the truth said, the other half unsaid – no categorical statement she will step down in 2010
this SONA 2009, supposedly arroyo;s last SONA is classic arroyo – say half the truth, keep the other half a secret, while the other half that has been unsaid is the more important part.
the filipino people want to hear one and only one thing – her plans after 2010. the people want to hear a categorical statement that she will step down from power in 2010.
arroyo cannot say she does not know this is what the people want to hear. this is clear in all the surveys where the people want her out. aside from the surveys, key political figures, ramos one among them have categorically said arroyo need to let the nation know that she will step down from power in 2010. that says she has no excuse to ignore that desire, not to say it.
what we got is one half of the truth or so at least that is what she wants us to think – “I have never expressed desire to extend myself beyond my term.”
what she said there is that she has not uttered the words “i want to extend her term”, she did not say she did not want it in her mind. it is possible it is in her mind, but she just did not say it.
that statement sets us up for what might be next – it can happen where the congressmen she controls at the lower house will launch a “clamor” for her to be the leader beyond her term. she can say the call for her to stay beyond 2010 is not coming from her, not her desire but the desire of the congressmen to do so. she will then in all humility accept the clamor and challenge and extend her term.
that is the last half of the truth that she did not “utter” today. this is classic arroyo.
Arroyo: No ‘expressed desire’ to extend term
By Joel Guinto
First Posted 16:07:00 07/27/2009
(UPDATE 3) President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said she “never expressed desire” to extend her term beyond 2010, but still kept the nation guessing on her political plans as she delivered her ninth and final State of the Nation Address (Sona).
“I have never expressed desire to extend myself beyond my term, many of those who accuse me of it try to cling like nails to their posts,” said Arroyo, who was wearing a bright purple terno.
“At the end of this speech, I shall step down from this stage but not from the presidency. My term does not end until next year. Until then, I will fight for the ordinary Filipino. The nation comes first. There is much to do as head of state to the very last day,” she said.
“A year is a long time. We will continue to invest in the economy, the environment, and education,” she said, adding that after her ninth and supposedly last Sona, it would be “more work” not “all politics.”
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