The State of The Nation Address (SONA) which bore a formidable atmosphere in the Philippines island was already being presented to the public (pubis) and the nation can stop holding their bated breath now. What has been elicited so far? I’ve seen Gloria up on stage (elevated, of course) but it is so hard to listen and watch her face scrunch up and her teeth slide against her lips at the same time so I had to borrow excerpts of her SONA from March, a teammate and dissected it and of course, tried to find fault in the text which every known writer is probably expected to do.
I came up with several lines. SHE SAID:
Gaya ng nakikita sa graph na ito, dahil sa ating reporma sa ekonomiya, we now have the funds to address social inequity and economic disparity. Too many … masyadong marami, ang mamamayang nagugutom. Hindi ako hihinto hanggang magtagumpay ang ating laban sa kahirapan.
We now have the funds to stamp out terrorism and lawless violence.
May pondo na tayo para labanan ang katiwalian.
Our reforms have earned us P1 billion from the U.S. Millennium Challenge Account for more investigators, prosecutors, and new technology to fight corruption. We are matching this with another billion from our fiscal savings.
Meanwhile, now we can fund the Medium Term Public Investment Program.Sumusulong na ang ating plano na may tatlong yugto. Una, ang makaahon sa mga dekada ng utang at kapos ng pondo. Nagawa na natin ito. Ikalawang yugto, ang pagbabalik sa taumbayan ang mas malaking kita ng pamahalaan: upang makapagpundar ng kalinga sa kalusugan, edukasyon at trabaho na kailangang-kailangan ng mamamayan.
We thank China for agreeing to fund these housing needs. Huwaran ng ating programang pabahay para sa mahihirap ang mga proyekto ng Iglesia ni Kristo at Gawad Kalinga.
**** Our chinky-eyed neighbors are helping out, very encouraging. Wen Jiabao, I love you, muah. My dad funds and helps out in Gawad Kalinga. It is taking up most of his time and I appreciate Gloria for bringing it up. I’m pretty sure my dad is gloating right now as if he is responsible for it.
Mindanao is our priority for agribusiness investments in the south. Mindanao is mostly fertile and largely typhoon-free, exporting coconut products and high value crops, and from its waters come 40% of the country’s fish catch. Our investment priorities mirror those for North Luzon, and more because Mindanao has the poorest regions and poorest provinces and because we have to spend on a logistics system linking it to the north.
*** MINDANAO and agribusiness has always been synonymous to each other and linking Mindanao’s progress to the north might develop the region more. Bukidnon, Tagoloan, Iligan, we’re nearly there.
On top of peace and investment, progress also demands good governance. I congratulate Donkoy Emano for the drop in reports of corruption for public contracts in Cagayan de Oro from 65% of firms last year to 38 this year. Also Rudy Duterte and the other leaders of Metro Davao led by Majority Leader Boy Nograles for a similar drop, 57% last year to 49 now. Things are coming together for Mindanao, a prelude to their readiness for eventual federalism.
*** Our very own Dongkoy Emano whose face is plastered in Macapagal Plaza for harboring entrepreneurship brought about by the Night Cafe is quite chummy with our president. He deserves some credit for this SONA. Pweh.
I had coffee with some call center agents last Labor Day. Lyn, a new college graduate, told me, “Now I don’t have to leave the country in order for me to help my family. Salamat po.” I was so touched, Lyn by your comments. With these structural reforms, we not only found jobs, but kept families intact. Thank God, I thought, or someone might also try to impeach me for violating Article 15 of the Constitution on the solidarity of the family as the foundation of the nation.
*** Thank you to investors who propagate and put up outsourced centers in the the entire island and gave jobs to newly graduates who are very much shocked with the substantial amount written in their payslips it is enough to fend for their extravagant lifestyles.
For those who want to pick up old fights, we’re game but what a waste of time. Why not join hands instead? Join hands in the biggest challenge of all, where we all win or we all lose: the battle for the survival and progress of our one and only country.
Her words are strong, very convincing. When she says, It is ready…it meant that things are looking up. Hopefully, our noses and our heads are still tilted come Year 2009.