Unsurprising SONA tweets: my comments


On July 23, President Aquino III delivered his SONA (State of the Nation Address) to inform the Filipinos inside and abroad, on the condition of the country under his administration.

I have read and select some post-SONA comments, using hashtags #SONA2012 that Filipinos had, they be groups or individual, on tweeter. Here’s what I would have to say…

 “@cmfr: How do you find the press coverage of the #SONA2012 of President Benigno”

Yes, you could respond to this question (I was tempted in doing so, too), but whether they will do something, re-tweet, analyze or something to what you have said, only them knows. But certainly I didn’t see them appearing in their tweets.

 “@cbcpnews ‘PNoy should recognize OFWs, IPs’ contribution to economy”

President Aquino’s failure to mention about the OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers; I’m one of them) and the IPs (Indigenous People) prompted the influential catholic church to issue a statement.

A priest was quoted: “…showed his disappointment on the president’s failure to state the role of OFW’s and IP’s in the development of the country.” Well, does having the OFWs and IPs mentioned in SONA alone recognition of their role? Of course: it’s a big No.

The disappointment was trivial and simplistic.

What should have recognize the Filipino’s contribution is when there are adequate services, like legal aid for those in detention, quick repatriation those trapped in conflict, and medical assistance for ailing – like cancer victims, and others…

@ladyannsalem PNoy #SONA2012: “Ang magpatawad,maaari;ang makalimot, hindi.” These words are mere rhetoric; his bravado is just for show, approval ratings.

No one disagrees to this, I guess (Me, too).

But instead of stating the obvious, I would rather ask: why is it despite all of us Filipinos agreeing to this, still there is a belief in what he said. Why? No idea.

 “@HRonlineph #humanrights #SONA2012 #IPrights “Silent again on indigenous peoples.” This was the reaction of Lumad…”

While writing this blog entry, an appeal from the AHRC, revealed that indigenous villagers in Davao del Sur are presently at risk were neither given protection nor their complaints investigated.

If these people don’t even get assistance from their local police, it doesn’t surprise me that President Aquino would not mention the IPs in his speech. It means, the IPs don’t appear, not only on his speech, but even in how government operates daily.

So, why he was “silent” on IPs is obvious.

“@kapuso7 SONA TRIVIA: PNOY gets 120 claps in 8000-word speech for #SONA2012 YET PGMA still holds the record with most…”

A very petty comparison: word count, language used (Filipino or English) and the number of applause. See, the newspapers also counts the number of applause in their reports. O yes, there is another thing…the fashion of the legislators present in his speech.

“@LFS CMC state violence vs demonstrators has absolutely no place in a society that owes its democracy to the power of mass mobilizations. #SONA2012

Yes, no one disagrees that violence is “no place in a society.” Then what?

 @archiekins29 #SONA2012 #PNOY Malakas nga ang piso sa dollar pero mataas pa rin bilihin and price of gasoline. What economic growth? C’mon #PNOY get real.

This one makes some sense.

Yes, for OFWs like me, it is good to see (if indeed real) that our country’s economy is growing. But our country’s growth causes pain on OFWs pockets. It means we need to send more money because what we earn now is less, and living cost back home did not decrease but rather increasing.

So, what do we OFWs gain?

We helped the country’s economy; but, when our pocket is in trouble because of the remittance we sent back home helped the economy, no one bothers. They know that our presence abroad and remittance helps stimulate our economy; but no help for us when we are in trouble.

@ilda_talk So it’s true. PNoy used old crime data (2010-11) to deceive public into thinking crime rate is down. What a shame. Tsk tsk #SONA2012

Not surprising.

The government is notorious is using old records as reference; in fact, even urgent human rights cases requiring immediate attention the police establishment & the office of the Ombudsman takes years and years to respond to appeals.

Am I surprise by this use of old statistic? No.



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