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president noynoy aquino’s SONA 2012 (july 23, 2012) – read full transcript here

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Benigno S. Aquino III
Third State of the Nation Address
July 23, 2012

State of the Nation Address
of
His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III
President of the Philippines
To the Congress of the Philippines

[Delivered at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives, Batasan Pambansa Complex, Quezon City, on July 23, 2012]

Maraming salamat po. Maupo po tayong lahat

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile; Speaker Feliciano Belmonte; Bise Presidente Jejomar Binay; mga dating Pangulong Fidel Valdez Ramos at Joseph Ejercito Estrada; ang ating mga kagalang-galang na mahistrado ng Korte Suprema; mga kagalang-galang na kagawad ng kalipunang diplomatiko; mga kagalang-galang na miyembro ng Kamara de Representante at ng Senado; mga pinuno ng pamahalaang lokal; mga miyembro ng ating Gabinete; mga unipormadong kasapi ng militar at kapulisan; mga kapwa kong nagseserbisyo sa taumbayan; at siyempre sa akin pong mga boss, magandang hapon po.

Ito po ang aking ikatlong SONA, at parang kailan lang nang nagsimula tayong mangarap. Parang kailan lang nang sabay-sabay tayong nagpasyang tahakin ang tuwid na daan. Parang kailan lang nang sinimulan nating iwaksi ang wang-wang, hindi lamang sa kalsada kundi sa sistemang panlipunan.

Dalawang taon na ang nakalipas mula nang sinabi ninyo, “Sawa na kami sa korupsyon; sawa na kami sa kahirapan.” Oras na upang ibalik ang isang pamahalaang tunay na kakampi ng taumbayan.

Gaya ng marami sa inyo, namulat ako sa panggigipit ng makapangyarihan. Labindalawang-taong gulang po ako nang idineklara ang Batas Militar. Bumaliktad ang aming mundo: Pitong taon at pitong buwang ipiniit ang aking ama; tatlong taong napilitang mangibang-bansa ang aking pamilya; naging saksi ako sa pagdurusa ng marami dahil sa diktadurya. Dito napanday ang aking prinsipyo: Kung may inaagrabyado’t ninanakawan ng karapatan, siya ang kakampihan ko. Kung may abusadong mapang-api, siya ang lalabanan ko. Kung may makita akong mali sa sistema, tungkulin kong itama ito. [Applause]

Matagal nang tapos ang Batas Militar. Tinanong tayo noon: “Kung hindi tayo, sino pa?” at “Kung hindi ngayon, kailan pa?” Ang nagkakaisang tugon natin: tayo at ngayon na. Ang demokrasyang ninakaw gamit ang paniniil at karahasan, nabawi natin sa mapayapang paraan; matagumpay nating pinag-alab ang liwanag mula sa pinakamadilim na kabanata ng ating kasaysayan.

Ngunit huwag po nating kalimutan ang pinag-ugatan ng Batas Militar: Kinasangkapan ng diktador ang Saligang Batas upang manatili sa kapangyarihan. At hanggang ngayon, tuloy pa rin ang banggaan sa pagitan ng gusto ng sistemang parehas, laban sa mga nagnanais magpatuloy ng panlalamang.

Mula sa unang araw ng ating panunungkulan, walang ibang sumalubong sa atin kundi ang mga bangungot ng nawalang dekada.

Nariyan po ang kaso ng North Rail. Pagkamahal-mahal na nga nito, matapos ulitin ang negosasyon, nagmahal pa lalo. Sa kabila nito, binawasan ang benepisyo. Ang labingsiyam na trainsets naging tatlo, at sa mga estasyon, mula lima, naging dalawa. Ang masaklap po, pinapabayaran na sa atin ang utang nito, now na.

Nariyan ang walang pakundangang bonus sa ilang GOCC, sa kabila ng pagkalugi ng kanilang mga ahensya. Nariyan ang isang bilyong pisong pinasingaw ng PAGCOR para sa kape. Nariyan ang sistemang pamamahala sa PNP na isinantabi ang pangangailangan sa armas ng 45 porsiyento ng kapulisan, para lang kumita mula sa lumang helicopter na binili sa presyong brand new.

Wala na ngang iniwang panggastos, patung-patong at sabay-sabay pa ang mga utang na kailangang bayaran na. Mahaba ang iniwang listahan na tungkulin nating punuan: Ang 66,800 na backlog sa classrooms, na nagkakahalaga ng tinatayang 53.44 billion pesos; ang 2,573,212 na backlog sa mga upuan, na nagkakahalaga naman ng 2.31 billion pesos. Nang dumating tayo, may halos tatlumpu’t anim na milyong Pilipinong hindi pa miyembro ng PhilHealth. Ang kailangan para makasali sila: maaaring umabot sa 42 billion pesos. Idagdag pa po natin sa lahat ng iyan ang 103 billion pesos na kailangan para sa modernisasyon ng Hukbong Sandatahan. Sa harap ng lahat ng ito, ang iniwan sa ating pondo na malaya nating magagamit: 6.5 percent ng kabuuang budget para sa natitirang anim na buwan ng 2010. Para po tayong boksingerong isinabak sa laban nang nakagapos na nga ang mga kamay at paa, nakapiring pa ang mga mata, at kakampi pa ng kalaban ang referee at ang mga judge.

Kaya nga sa unang tatlong buwan ng aming panunungkulan, inaabangan namin ang pagdating ng Linggo para maidulog sa Panginoon ang mga bangungot na humaharap sa amin. Inasahan naming mangangailangan ng ‘di bababa sa dalawang taon bago magkaroon ng makabuluhang pagbabago. Bibigyan kaya tayo ng sapat na pag-unawa ng taumbayan?

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noynoy aquino – President of Get-Arroyo or President Of The Philippines?

July 25, 2010 4 comments

we heard from noynoy aquino himself, his first SONA (State of the Nation Address) will shock us. the shock according to him will come from his expose of newly uncovered anomalies committed by his predecessor, gloria macapagal arroyo.

when i first read that, i shook my head and my hand involuntarily went up to my head to scratch it and my involuntarily thought the fertilizer scam, the macapagal highway and the NBN-ZTE deal. these went on a horizontal scroll in my mind with a headline flashing at the top that said “These scandals are not the most shocking yet?”

aquino seem to be on a relentless pursuit of  gloria macapagal arroyo, errr graft and corruption in national government. he did get elected to the presidency on huge anti-corruption platform so we are not really surprised why aquino is doing what he has been doing.  it is an election promise and i guess much unlike previous politicians before him, we should not blame him for relentlessly pursuing GMA, errr corruption in national government.

now i am wondering – noynoy does look good when he is wearing his “President  of Get-Arroyo” hat but when will we see much of his “President Of The Philippines” hat? we hope we will see that during the SONA or at least even a little over half of the time spent on the SONA  would have him wearing his “President Of The Philippines” hat.

when we see him on that hat, i bet he will even look much better. let’s hope his “President Of The Philippines” hat is much bigger and prettier than the other hat.

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July 25, 2010 2 comments

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President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s State Of The Nation Address 2009 (SONA 2009)- the true state of the nation in today’s PDI

July 20, 2009 23 comments

i think today’s  (july 18, 2009) front page of the philippine daily inquirer gives a very good picture of the state of the nation in 2009.

Philippin Daily Inquirer Front Page July 18 2009

Philippin Daily Inquirer Front Page July 18 2009

the article in encircled in red says: “GMA: There will be elections in 2010” . (click here to read article: http://bit.ly/h1ubh) from the article, arroyo says:  “Let me say, in no uncertain terms, there will be elections in 2010. There’s your headline for tomorrow.” well, PDI did not make that as its headline story.

the article encircled in blue says “Nograles : charter change train back on track“. that is probably the reason why PDI did not put arroyo’s “revelation” as it’s headline . doubts? half-truths?  while arroyo is now saying there will be an election, the other thing that arroyo did not talk about is why does she want an election and more importantly, what are her plans after 2010 when her term expires?  (read article on cha-cha train –  http://bit.ly/z6wYT)

the article encircled in green, right below the nograles article, in it’s full glory is the article, “70% oppose charter change – SWS” which seemingly defies the article above it.  (read about what the people want – http://bit.ly/alicO)

this is the true State Of The Nation in 2009 (SONA 2009):

we have a president who tells us what we want to hear, that there will be an election in 2010. but this president does not tell us the rest of it.

she stays quiet on cha-cha and her plans after her term expires in 2010. president ramos and the rest of the country says she needs to tell us her plans after 2010 but her palace spokesperson defends her silence as it is something private, conveniently forgetting arroyo is the number one most public person in the country.

when asked about cha-cha, the only thing they can say is they are not involved and that it is something the congressmen are doing on their own. and yet arroyo does not say whether she wants it or not, whether she endorses it or not.

the congressmen were voted by the people in the districts were the congressmen and the people live. they are neighbors. people vote congressmen to represent them in congress. what congressmen do, is what the people are supposed to want.

but not on cha-cha. a high 70% of the people do not want cha-cha that will extend arroyo’s term. why then are the congressmen pushing it through congress? the congressmen are doing something the people do not want.

the true state of the nation:

  • on one hand the president says the election 2010 will push through but she does not say the most important half – what are her plans after 2010. on the other hand congress, says the cha-cha train is on track. this is suspected to be the medium by which arroyo will extend her term.
  • on one hand, the people do not want cha-cha and do not want to extend arroyo’s term but on the other hand, congress and the president are pushing for cha-cha and con-as$ and other con things. congress and arroyo are doing things the people do not want and yet  the people is who congress and the president are supposed to serve.

in one sentence, this is the state of the nation – we have a president and a congress who were elected by the people,  duty-bound to serve the people and do for the greater good  but are doing something the people do not want them to do for the greater good of only one person.

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