SONA Naman Maisakatuparan

“Ang sa Pilipinas ay sa Pilipinas”

Delivered in pure Filipino (which is first in history), the 2nd State Of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Benigno S. Aquino III lasted for about 53 minutes with several interruptions caused by the applause of the audience and his own coughing. Earlier on, I’m hoping that his speech will not be another State of the Nagging Address against the past administration, and good enough it came out as a tempered bashing and not the usual Arroyo bashing speech.

During the whole SONA, for me the highlight of his speech was his bold declaration about the Spratlys. With the recent controversies clouding the territorial dispute of the highly contested Spratly Islands, the SONA is the right time for the President to take our countries stand over the disputes. He hit it right to announce to the whole country that we will fight for our right and sovereignty over that island which is really due to us. And it’s a good signal to international community that we are determined to settle the issue in any ways we can and that we cannot just be bullied by a larger and more powerful country. For me this is a good sense of nationalism and pride that all Filipino should have, and for that I say good job PNoy.

Another most applauded part also of the SONA is the announcement of the newly appointed Ombudsman in the person of the Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales. These gained praises from the gallery and spectators since the platform of Aquino presidency is the fight against corruption. Now that the country has a new Ombudsman with high integrity and perceived independence, many believed that the fight against corrupt officials will now prosper. On the speech PNoy said many are asking him why is it too personal for him to catch after the corrupt and he said in verbatim “Totoo po: Personal talaga sa akin ang paggawa ng tama, at ang pagpapanagot sa mga gumagawa ng mali sino man sila. At hindi lamang dapat ako ang namemersonal sa usaping ito. Personal dapat ito sa ating lahat, dahil bawat Pilipino ay biktima nito”. This is somehow a challenge also to all Filipinos, that every bad actions should be dealt with punishment. That a wrong act even how longer it stays and accepted by people is still wrong and needed to be corrected. That people should learn the concept of accountability and not just forgive and forget. Because if we will just let every wrong actions to pass it will be repeated again and again many times.

Other achievement that he reported to his ‘Bosses’ are the gains in agriculture. From more than million metric tons of rice imports, it is now down to 600 thousand plus metric tons. That means we are improving in our rice productivity and it’s forecasted that by 2013 we will no longer import because by then we will be rice sufficient. The developments in roads and infrastructures and cleansing of DPWH. The innovations and experiments being handled by the DOST particularly the Mono Train project in cooperation with the University of the Philippines and other things.

Towards the end part he called on everyone to stop the culture of Negativism and highlight the Positive things that we see. He asked everyone to be thankful even to the smallest good deeds done to us. This somehow draws inspiration as it signaled that the government is really committed in bringing change to this country. That we can now have a government whom we can trust and whom we can rely our future on. A government who will be ready to address the problems that we have. And a government who will be moving forward to change the culture of governance and change the ways we were used to have.

As what he said in the early parts of his speech, this is the time to stop the ‘WANG-WANG’ culture not only in the streets but also in every aspects of living. That the wang-wang mindset should be stopped not only in the government side but also in the mindset and culture of every Filipino. And with this simple analogy I think he was able to convey to every Filipino that the change is coming and is already happening.

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“Buhay na buhay na ang Pilipinas at ang Pilipino.” – Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III