- Pagiging tapat sa sinumpaang tungkulin
- Ang pera ng taong bayan ay gagastusin para sa taong bayan
- Pananagutin ang mga corrupt sa gobyerno
- Ang nakikilahok, nakikibahagi sa solusyon
- Iba na ang situwasyon, pwede na muling mangarap
We’ve all been looking forward to the first State of the Nation Address of President Benigno C. Aquino III. I was tuned in to ANC as early as 10am. I don’t want to miss the first SONA of P-Noy. I appreciate it that ANC engaged a sign-language interpreter for this event.
A reader here asked my opinion on P-Noy’s speech. And someone said that my post on P-Noy’s SONA lacks content. Don’t you think that it can stand on its own? I don’t want to mar its beauty and the impact it has on all Filipinos. I am not a political analyst, nor am I a political blogger. Let’s leave the analyzing to the experts. I shun writing political blogs because you clearly need to get your facts right even before you attempt to write. Plain-guessing is not acceptable. What I have are just bits of what I saw on TV before and after P-Noy’s delivery of his first SONA.
US Ambassador Harry Thomas was interviewed by journalist Maan Hontiveros of ABS CBN. He mentioned about wangwang and said that they would not miss listening to P-Noy deliver his speech. I was literally ogling at the resplendent gowns and shining Barong Tagalog worn by the attendees. It’s quite interesting to see different personalities together in one event – old faces/politicians, neophyte members of the Senate and Congress, P-Noy’s Cabinet members and their families and a sprinkling of foreign dignitaries too. The Marcoses are back of course. I saw Bongbong earlier talking to VP Binay’s daughter. There are three of them now Bongbong as senator, Imelda as House representative and Imee as governor of Ilocos. How time flies, back in 1986, they were pleading for their lives and left Malacanang in a hurry. I hope this time, they are sincere enough to help the government succeed.
Camera focused on Lucy Torres who won a seat in their place in Ormoc. She looks lovely in a teal blue terno. Imelda Marcos was looking hale and hearty in a violet gown. How old is she now? Well, never mind, my guess is as good as yours. Ballsy, Pinky and Viel were all wearing yellow ternos, a standard color for all the Aquinos. But where is Kris? I love Rep. Teddy Casino’s barong. He said this was his first time to attend a SONA because the last time it was delivered, he did not recognize the legitimacy of the Arroyo government. Sen. Allan Peter Cayetano was in gold, or was it light orange barong? He was his usual articulate self. Haha, dig this! Rep. Edcel Lagman and Sen. Franklin Drilon were standing next to each other but they were not talking. Lagman just lost the House Speakership to Rep. Sonny Belmonte with a total vote of 29 against Belmonte’s 227. Ah, just saw Rep. Manny Pacquiao all by his lonesome. He is in a different arena now. Could he be ill at ease with the seasoned politicians around? He looked like a puppy surrounded by bulldogs and terriers. He is a celebrity in his own right so there is really no problem there.
Wow! I love P-Noy’s barong, it’s engraved with the word P-Noy with a shape of a ribbon for design. And he was sporting a new hair style. Some reporters were speculating earlier if he would come in late or not, because there is no wang wang to ease drive to Batasang Pambansa. Sorry guys, he came on time, briefly stopped at the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office then finally proceeded to the great hall of the Batasan.
Watching and listening to the Pambansang Awit always evokes some emotions I cannot explain, some sort of being proud to be a Filipino. Have you ever experienced that? I am saddened though that a lot of us no longer stand up when the National Anthem is being played specially inside theaters or in malls where it is a standard procedure to play it before opening. It is the simplest way of showing respect for the flag, don’t you think?
Some of P-Noy’s detractors are saying that he should not have dwelt on the past administration’s wrongs and excesses, presenting facts left and right, but he should have presented a concrete plan on how he could solve all of those gigantic problems. Come on guys, let’s give him a chance. I believe that he is truly after a clean, transparent and honest governance. Let’s do our share in making this country we could truly be proud of. And I say, stop whining and finding faults but be part of the solution.
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