The Fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Noynoy Aquino – July 22, 2013

noynoy_aquinoPresident Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino will be delivering his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 22, 2013. It has been three years since majority of Filipino voters elected the son of so-called “heroes” into the highest office in the land. Little did those voters know that after he banished the use of “wang-wang” on the streets in his first month in office — a decision some thought was bold and a sign that he meant business — not much would change under his leadership.

In fact, the culture of impunity remains alive and well under the Second Aquino Presidency. Likewise, poverty levels in the country remain unchanged which, according to the President’s own motto, is a confirmation that corruption still exists in government. This is hardly surprising considering the PDAF or pork barrel funds given to congressmen remain exempted from auditors. Allegations of misuse of these funds keep haunting its recipients under the Aquino government with scams run by organized syndicates implicating the President’s men. Recently, even the Presidential sister Ballsy Aquino and husband Eldon Cruz were accused of extorting money from a Czech for a government contract for the Metro Rail Transit.

When people go through President BS Aquino’s previous SONAs, they will find that some of the stuff that he claimed he had already achieved were mere intentions or are still on the drawing board. They appear to be products of his wishful thinking or something that he wanted to achieve but could not because, for one, he kept focusing too much on the wrong set of priorities and, two, he has gone about achieving his goals the wrong way. After four years, it is safe to say that his plans need to go back to the drawing board because they have not delivered the results everyone is waiting for. As the saying goes, plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work. Here’s a statement that he claims were achieved in his third SONA:

Now, with a level playing field, and clear and consistent rules, confidence in our economy is growing. Investments are pouring in, jobs are being created, and a virtuous cycle has begun—where empowered consumers buy more products, and businesses hire more people so they can expand to keep up with the growing demand.

One wonders what his basis is in saying that there is now equal opportunity for all when he only gives opportunities and breaks to his own family members and friends. This is evident when he quickly dismisses allegations of corruption involving his allies. This was also evident when he granted the position of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to his long time friend and former classmate; Maria Lourdes Sereno even when there were candidates more qualified for the position.

Some people were actually saying that putting a close ally in the Supreme Court was the Aquino-Cojuanco clan’s ultimate goal in removing former Chief Justice Renato Corona in 2012. They say it has something to do with prolonging their hold in the family’s sugar plantation in Hacieda Luisita. This was an observation made by a lot of people when the President’s bid to impeach the former Chief Justice became increasingly irrational as it played out before the media. He had no qualms about conducting a trial by media and releasing his hounds in the press to demonize Corona. It is no secret that Corona put the distribution of Hacienda Luisita as one of his priorities during his stint in the Supreme Court. It was quite bizarre that crimes like the Maguindanao massacre where 56 people died did not get as much attention as Corona’s “offenses” — offenses that pale in comparison to what some public servants have committed in the past.

Sereno’s current stint as Chief Justice has not brought the “reform” BS Aquino has been boasting about. Reports even say that Sereno’s inexperience and the fact that she leapfrogged more senior justices for the coveted post has brought disunity and animosity among the justices in the Supreme Court. This is hardly good news for the victims of heinous crimes who thought real reform would come as President BS Aquino promised.

In his previous SONA, President BS Aquino claimed that investments are pouring in and jobs are being created. This is contrary to what the figures are saying. 2013 unemployment rose to 7.5 percent in April from last year’s 6.9 percent according to the latest Labor Force Survey. The National Statistics Office likewise confirmed that Philippine employment dipped to 37.82 million in April 2013 from the 37.84 million in April 2012.

In his fourth SONA, BS Aquino will predictably highlight the country’s 7.8% economic growth achieved in the first quarter and the Fitch Ratings credit upgrade from BB+ to BBB- last April without admitting that they did not make a difference to the employment and poverty rate. As some of us have predicted in the past, the economic growth rate will not mean much to the unemployed Filipinos because government and consumer spending – the primary driver of the Philippine economy – do not create permanent jobs for people outside of the retail and building industry.

Cash dole-outs promote a culture of dependence.
Cash dole-outs promote a culture of dependence.

The SONA will not be complete without the mention of the government’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (PPPP) and the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT). It is interesting to note that without Filipinos realizing it, the country has somehow turned into a welfare state. In a move that could be considered yet another band-aid solution, the government is increasing their budgets for the projects from 44 to 60 billion pesos. It is possible that this is a response to the critics who are saying that the poor did not feel the effect of Noynoy’s much-touted economic growth rate. Indeed, in a statement, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad admitted the “government would try to make people feel the effect of economic growth with the use of the CCT program.”

It is very convenient for the Aquino government to simply use taxpayers’ money to keep the poor from complaining. Some would say it’s all too easy. He and his cabinet won’t have to think of a permanent solution to the rise in poverty. Obviously, this program will continue until BS Aquino steps down in 2016. The problem will be somebody else’s after that. He might even boast the way he boasted in the past about how the number of recipients of the cash dole outs will increase. Not realizing that of course it would increase when the number of poor people continues to grow. And it will keep growing if the government does not find a more sustainable solution to the unemployment rate.

Despite the Philippines’ territorial disputes with our South East Asian neighbors, which has made headline news for the last couple of years, BS Aquino will likely gloss over these issues only briefly in his SONA. Unless he wants to risk the ire of China once again, he will not mention the fact that the US military is back using Subic in their military exercises. Glossing over it reduces the likelihood of people noticing that he could be violating the Constitution for allowing its use. Well, some might think that BS Aquino has sought the help of Uncle Sam in easing the tension with China but he won’t admit that in his SONA for sure.

The territorial dispute with Malaysia regarding Sabah will hardly get a mention in the SONA considering BS Aquino does not want to risk endangering the recently-concluded talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which was held in Kuala Lumpur. The deaths of Filipinos who laid claim on Sabah soil in the hands of Malaysian military forces will not get a mention. The Philippine government treated them as terrorists anyway.

Speaking of terrorists, what President Aquino will highlight is his own impression that the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro will pave the way for “peace” in Mindanao. Never mind that some people perceive the deal as giving in to the rebel forces of the MILF and technically giving away the region. According to a report, “the government and MILF have agreed to a 50-50 sharing but with incremental increases in access to fossil fuels (oil, natural gas, coal) and uranium” in the region. Some of BS Aquino’s critics even claim that he has done this deal just to win a Nobel Peace Prize. If he ever wins the prize, it still won’t guarantee a long lasting peace in the region.

Previous SONA’s took over an hour to finish. This year could go over two hours. President BS Aquino has been reportedly been busy in the last few weeks writing it himself. He could be putting a little bit more unnecessary motherhood statements similar to his previous one that claims, “the government that once abused its power is finally using that power for their benefit.” Such statements hardly inspire Filipinos to be more vigilant of government activities. If anything, they just make people act indifferent and apathetic. As long as the majority thinks he is doing the right thing, BS Aquino will continue to act like he is. As another saying goes, the road to hell is paved with good intentions, perhaps paved with excessive use of taxpayers’ money too.

[Photo of squatter shanties courtesy Data Entry Philippines.]

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libertas
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Nice summary of pnoy aquino’s lacklustre performance, and no doubt a SONA where style has to compensate for lack of substance. Dressing it up Fine clothes and fine words do not mask the underlying self-indulgence and hypocricy of narcissists on display, nor the reality of poverty, corruption, and PNP massacres/rubouts seemingly every week. ( ? Atimonan anyone!) ‘You can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig’ 3 years characterised by calamities, catastrophes, cockups and cover ups Monopoly/oligarch profits up ( no chance of competition/anti-trust) Poverty up ( let them eat rice) Unemployment up ( go abroad… Read more »
harriet
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You better look also at the positive and don’t be biased. We should believe in our President and be more optimistic.

Johnny Saint
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Was wondering when you’d show up. Positive, hmnh? How about this? I am positive the Aquino administration’s infrastructure projects are all at a standstill. Equally positive that the bills for the agreements we entered into with the companies (foreign and domestic) who will undertake the government’s infra projects are piling up along with the penalties and interest payments. Or this? I am positive the Philippines lost out on the deal with the MILF. Also that this sets a precedent for anyone who wants to grab a chunk of land from the country. Just make enough noise, hunker down and wait… Read more »
domo
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Are you living in the lala land escapist?

positive
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if you were the president what will you do? I know that PNoy was trying to do his best . It isnt a magic that all of your complains be gone. YOU what is your contribution to the country ? Before you criticize are you sure you are doing good deeds for the others , if he done bad he will go to hell I know If there’s no justice here God is there. Think positive in a way that we must do our job too.

domo
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Eat my shorts positive pusher. You just love to sugarcoat serious issues do you?

domo
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And please read this article and learn how to stop being overly positive too much: http://getrealphilippines.com/blog/2013/07/cybernetics/

icedfeather
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i agree with positive. This is the problem with us Filipinos, we tend to see the flaws of the government and criticize them, claiming that WE are just being “realistic”. In fact, it’s hypocrisy. You are hoping that the best will happen to the country, but you are booing the administration. the aquino administration is doing its best: new laws such as rh bill, pantawid pasada to help the poor and marginalized population of the country, tanking off the pork barrel scammers and corrupt politicians…etc.. The country is already filled with haters, why not just do your part, and then… Read more »
WinterSoldier
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@icedfeather:

Obvious TROLL is obvious.

Immature 16 year old pricks always do this. 😛

Gogs
Member
Positive, If I was Aquino, I would not be president. I would know my limitations and I would know my lack of skill and leadership and I would get out of the way and let somebody more infinitely qualified and capable run this country. Someone who has prepared for the position of president and by definition more suited. Since when was who you parents are the gauge of success in ANY position. Let’s put it this way. If Chris Paul is lost for the year, do we just put Vice Ganda as point guard for the Clippers and just say… Read more »
cynicjam
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@icedfeather Care to explain why your president is too busy playing the “blame game” then? Care to also explain why PNoy wants to ignore his critics this year? Are you still living in a fantasy world where everything’s OK? “You are hoping that the best will happen to the country, but you are booing the administration.” – I believe GRP does not offer a 1-point solution to all of our problems in this country, that’s why we are given POINTERS on what this country needs to develop. “The country is already filled with haters, why not just do your part,… Read more »
icedfeather
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heto po pala yung continuation oh

cynicjam
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You haven’t answered as to why PNoy lacks accountability (mahilig manisi ng tao) or why he won’t listen to his critics this year? http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2014/01/07/1276123/pnoys-new-years-resolution-ignore-critics

All you do is copying and pasting your spiels. Typical talaga sa mga Noytards na ayaw ma-criticize and pangulo ninyo dahil talaga namang wala siyang ginagawa kundi manisi ng mga tao at magmudmod sa pork barrel.

cynicjam
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“noytards?pangulo ninyo? hindi ka ba pilipino? okay lang ang magcriticize pero yung tawagin siya nga kung “anu-ano”, is crossing the line.” – Boo-hoo-hoo, halatang butthurt kasi nainsulto ko ang pangulo NATIN na talaga namang walang alam kung paano magpatakbo ng bansa. Totoy, kahit hindi pa bumoboto…alam kong isa ka rin Noytard…or an altnick of a previous poster here. Paano ko irerespeto ang pangulo ng bansa kung hindi sya marunong rumespeto sa mga bumabatikos sa kanya? Mabuti nga at may nakakakita ng mga pagkakamali niya para siya ay magbago kasi matigas ang ulo e…magulo at walang pinatutunguhan ang priorities niya as… Read more »
icedfeather
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try mo rin kayang magbasabasa ng articles ng kung anong nagawa na ng administrasyong ito, hindi yung puro panlalait at critics yung inaatupag..umakyat na nga yung gdp nung bansa dahil sa mga negosyo, proweba na kahit papaano ay umngat na ang pilipinas, kulang na lg sa implementation pa.. hini po ako diehard ni noynoy, pero alam ko na walang magandang magagawa ang pag whine natinnagpapakita lang ito ng pagiging arogante natin..optimist kaya ako no?lol at yang sabi na building by cricizing na parang lahat na lg ng nakikita ay mail, doon yun sa kay hitler..yan yung resulta. at ganoon talaga… Read more »
WinterSoldier
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“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the (insert country here) public.” -Theodore Roosvelt Fact: Makitid ka because you’re basing your comments on EMOTIONS. And please don’t give me the GDP crap because only a FEW will had a hand on it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=us7EA-eXurg “lol at yang sabi na building by cricizing na parang lahat na lg ng nakikita ay mail, doon yun sa kay hitler..yan yung resulta.” Mali ang analogy mo. It’s like… Read more »
cynicjam
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“umakyat na nga yung gdp nung bansa dahil sa mga negosyo, proweba na kahit papaano ay umngat na ang pilipinas, kulang na lg sa implementation pa..” – As if naman lahat ng tao dito sa ‘Pinas e alam kung ano ang GDP. Bakit hindi mo muna tignan kung gumaganda na ang kabuhayan ng mga mahihirap. Sa paligid ko pa lang, nakikita ko nang walang pagbabago sa mga mahihirap – naghihirap pa sila lalo. So you would rather avoid criticism and let the president continue to be satisfied with the “positive” survey results that’s rigged by those who are allied with… Read more »
icedfeather
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@wintersoldier
i don’t have the time for stupid, judgemental AND plain stupid comments. I hope you wasted a minute of your life.

icedfeather
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kahit kaninong administrsyon naman ay dapat pa rin tayong magpasakop dahil in the first place, c noynoy annointed ng Diyos para magrule ng bansa natin. hindi naman siya uupo sa puwesto kng hindi will ni God.. kagaya ni King Saul, nakita ni God na nasa puso niya ang maglingkod sa mga israelites ngunit nung nagtagl ay nagkamali siya.. nagalit ba ang mga israelites? aba’y siyempre. nagrebelde ba at kumontra? hindi. alam nilang ang Diyos ang naglagay kay Saul sa puwesto kaya’t ang Diyos din ang may kakayahang magpadala ng bagong leader. dito na pumasok c king david na ang pinakamabuting… Read more »
Gogs
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“c noynoy annointed ng Diyos para magrule ng bansa natin. “- icedfeather If that is true then God does not love us very much. Let me offer an alternative, God gave man free will. The Filipino exercises their free will by ignoring their God given brains and votes in somebody out of sheer emotion. Which does not speak well of the Filipino capacity for logic. The people who the FIlipino voted in back in 2010 then use taxpayer money to covertly trolls like yourself to argue on its behalf during inevitable episodes of lackluster performance. Which may not seem fair… Read more »
WinterSoldier
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“c noynoy annointed ng Diyos para magrule ng bansa natin. “

Fact: Walang katungkulan ang Diyos sa PULITIKO. Kung sabagay matagal nang nakatingin ang Diyos sa atin at PALPAK pa rin ang gobyerno.

“i don’t have the time for stupid, judgemental AND plain stupid comments. I hope you wasted a minute of your life.”

Pathetic. Point f*cking missed but what do I expect from an angry mob mindset of yours.

You’re the one who’s wasting your time in your life. If anything, bravo for your sheer idiocy and ignorance. Sorry if I’m not drinking the Yellow Kool-aide like you do.

Johnny Derp
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Great article as usual Ilda!
Although Im certain that the stooges from malacanang will show their retarded faces here again in an attempt to attack your article.
I hope the people will realize now that after 3 years of nothing from this government that they had been duped by empty promises from this sham of a president.
No amount of propaganda will ever change the fact that aquino has failed as a leader.

Its about time that the people should take to the streets and demand change.

Gogs
Member

Maybe the stooges won’t show up here till after. They are probably still helping with the speech.

Johnny Derp
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Maybe they’re still waiting for Mr. Carandang to provide their spiel or maybe they have ran out of ammunution again

Johnny Saint
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Remember that ABS-CBN report earlier this month that featured Dr Celia Reyes from the so-called government “think tank” PIDS? The Aquinos’ own propaganda arm admits the CCT doesn’t work. That makes me wonder WHY they are clamoring for a massive increase in budget. Ostensibly, increasing the budget will, as the PIDS claims, allow them to reach more underprivileged. In effect, they hope to make their unproductive dole out program work by throwing more money at it. That goes against all logic. On the other hand, it fuels a rumour going around that the primary beneficiary of CCT is DSWD Secretary… Read more »
sancho alconce
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Noynoy keeps on lying about the true state of the nation. Did he inherit that liar trait from his late father? Marcos once called his late father a “congenital liar”. Maybe Marcos knew a lot of things about Ninoys’ character at that time.

Amh Camp
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Let us not judge Noynoy Aquino too hastily. The primary objective of this blog is to promote constructive criticisms and healthy discussions and not to downgrade anyone. I believe that it is your genuine motives to promote change and achieve realizations of our struggle. Let us be objective. Don’t let our emotions prevail and cloud our already confused state of mind. Have we asked ourselves if Noynoy is indeed committed and deeply sincere in his intentions? Is Noynoy being continuously pressured by bureaucrats as well as his own family? Are there any circumstances that hinder his ability or inability to… Read more »
Johnny Saint
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Three years without a single accomplishment and the best you can offer is we shouldn’t judge P-noy “too harshly” because he might actually be sincere after all? A dismal performance record doesn’t mean anything to you? Pardon my french, but that’s bullshit!

Amh Camp
Guest

I understand your emotional response and I can see your disappointments. I too, have my own reservations. I too have been struggling to promote social change and give what little I have to make a difference.

Or maybe, should I say let’s kill em motherf***rs. What do you say?

Johnny Saint
Guest

That isn’t an emotional response. That is an honest assessment of an obvious attempt to make excuses for piss poor performance by a president who had no qualifications to lead in the first place.

Goading people to “kill them motherfuckers” on the other hand IS an attempt to use emotion to elicit a response. I won’t have it.

Gerry
Guest

ok, thats a start.a few million more that think like that will=change.

Johnny Saint
Guest
“Pressured by bureaucrats as well as his family?” It’s been three years since they made the deal with Mar Roxas to bow out of the picture. What? The entire Philippine government now has to work around him to assuage his hurt pride and the rest of us have to go along with it if we want our public infrastructure? And potential political appointees need to kiss Ballsy Aquino’s ass to get her blessing and approval. That’s stupid! Being elected to the highest position in the land is a grave responsibility and carries some risk as well as the supreme authority.… Read more »
Amh Camp
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well then, what can we do? Have you laid out your plans for the future?

Johnny Saint
Guest

Actually, I have. See, I’m betting the average reader of the GDP blog could come up with their own game plan for, say, economic development that eludes this administration. And that is what I aim to prove in the next few days.

Johnny Saint
Guest

Erratum — that’s “GRP” not GDP.

Gerry
Guest

the answer to YOUR 3rd question is: to save the family farm.

did you really have to ask that question John?

Johnny Saint
Guest

The preservation of the family landholdings are just the start and, honestly, it’s a small portion of the egregious cycle of corruption that the Aquinos have inflicted on the Philippines.

Johnny Saint
Guest

Incidentally, I posed that question to Amh Camp because of his insistence that the president is subject to forces beyond his control. Utter hogwash! This is the presidency we are talking about. Posing the question demonstrates that the suggestion that P-noy, as president, HAS to bow to family pressure is tantamount to admitting his weakness and the stupidity of his corrupt administration.

Gerry
Guest

the Aqino’s are not the only ones, far from it.
Anybody that cares already knows that the country has a totally corrupt system and only one type of governance/politician.
What anyone or everyone is going to do about it remains to be seen.

Gogs
Member

Your style seems familiar like a Brother or Pastor that used to frequent here. Anyway I will play your game you rogue. Noynoy wants us to judge him. Here is a guy who ran for president at age fifty and yet he pulled an “Andy Gibb” by telling the nation “I just want be your everything”. Well we should expect what he promises. Even though the data proves otherwise.

Thomas Jefferson
Guest
I already judged BS Aquino. Guilty of treason! Did I not say repeatedly that the worst is yet to come? BS Aquino continues to harp on the BJE MOA-AD sub-state dog with a different collar. In doing so… he defied a settled ruling of the Philippine Supreme Court and he is still doing it with impunity. The wealth sharing deal (Lion’s Share for the MILF) is still without Constitutional authority. BS gave everything in terms of patrimony and resources to the MILF jihadist terrorist criminal group… While the genuine dirt poor in Mindanao will get nothing. Remember that the MILF… Read more »
Johnny Saint
Guest

What’s next is Muslims now have access to uranium deposits in Mindanao. And that could possibly end up with Al Qaeda and the Taliban. At the very least they could use the materials for a dirty bomb. Worst case scenario — we just gave them material for a nuclear arsenal. Thanks to BS Aquino, the world just became a lot more dangerous.

Thomas Jefferson
Guest

@Johnny Saint

I too am very alarmed at your revelations. Giving access to uranium ore in Mindanao to the jihadist, terrorist criminals of the MILF will have extremely dangerous implications. With their lion’s share wealth sharing gift from BS Aquino, they will have the capability to process this or ship it out to rogue states with nuclear capability. Our national security people should be alerted to this danger. I wonder what BS Aquino’s US pals would say about his major boo boo in not even securing uranium ore resources in Mindanao. BS sure loves the MILF jihadist terrorists.

Gerry
Guest

has anyone actually seen this uranium ore? REALLY seen it? the stuff is extremely rare, hard to mine and the MILF hasn’t got the technology to dig it up, maybe not even the ability to even know what they are looking at when and if they do find some of it.

Johnny Saint
Guest
Gerry, There have been studies by the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) going back to the 1970s that indicate the presence of uranium deposits on Mindanao and Palawan. The problem with predicting the future on the exploitation of these resources is hampered by the fact that we can’t do follow up surveys because of the ongoing conflict. Suffice to say that the possibility exists that there may be a significant deposit on the island. If it turns out that the deposits aren’t large enough to be used commercially or if they can only be used for medical purposes, then perhaps… Read more »
Gerry
Guest

don’t worry, the MILF ain’t gettin the resources as they lack the engineering chops. the resources will be split between the chinese, USA and whatever corporation is hired to dig the stuff up. and a few Filipino politicians will get their ‘beaks wet’ as well.
as for the ‘people’, well, they will get nothing, zip, zilch, nada, zippo! sound familiar?

Johnny Saint
Guest
Funding and the lack of qualified personnel have always been the problem with the Philippines’ attempt at a nuclear industry. That isn’t new. What is new and the reason why we should be alarmed is the fact that the MILF are fanatics who now have carte blanche to exploit the patrimony of the Philippines without the requirement to share whatever product, profit or other benefits that may be derived from them. Jihadists who have ties to other terrorists — Jemaah Islamiyah, Al Qaeda, the Taliban, etc. They also receive money from Muslim “charities” who are known fronts for terrorist organisations… Read more »
mcalleyboy
Guest

It’s time to start developing and setting up business in the provinces, municipalities, Manila no longer requires or needs anymore business’s or government buildings constructed. Cronies enjoy their 60-40% business ventures with a few foreigners but the major companies will never accept that kind of screwing and there seems no will to change this, so nothing changes, OFW robot goes to work, municipality git waits for cash, same shit different day.

Gerry
Guest

yup.

Simpleton
Guest

“It’s time to start developing and setting up business in the provinces, municipalities”

It’s already started. Some have transferred or just created new offices in Laguna and Batangas. I think the call centers lead the way then some manufacturing plants followed.

Amh Camp
Guest
This is my game plan: 1. A move to develop more support base for the Freedom of Information Act into law and subsequently, I hope, to abolish the “pork barrel” 2. Support to abolish CCT (Conditional Cash). More and more people are starting to realize that this is not the solution to alleviate poverty, just “pogi” points. 3. Education, education, and more education. Like this blog, for example – educational and informative. I am playing my part in disseminating useful information to as many Filipinos as I can. Sadly, we are but a minority. Majority still loves the oligarchs. 4.… Read more »
tehot
Guest

are you seriously thinking that your game plan will be supported by aquinot? you can have reservations as you want, we already know what kind of person our president is – protector of oligarchs.
boy do i hope to be proven wrong.

Amh Camp
Guest

No, he won’t, but you do.

Gerry
Guest

it has been said b4, and MAYBE needs to be said again:

The country is in need of a change, by any means necessary. How many lying thieving weasels have to lie to all of you b4 what needs to be done gets DONE?

this guy is a laughingstock, but at least he knows it.their is NO FUTURE for anyone in the country that was not born into one.

still need to have it explained?

Thomas Jefferson
Guest

SONA secrets:

1. Start with plenty of window dressing.

2. Add repeat propaganda(matuwid na daan, etc.)fashionable wear and beautiful faces.

3. Add drama with bombast and bashing rants by
concentrating on blame games.

4. Include straight lies, white lies and half
truths.

5. Insert lots of applause.

6. Agape smile as the gullible are hooked.

boyb
Guest

care to proofread your article before publishing?
-what’s “park barrel” ?
-it’s just his 3rd year, not fourth
-plans are only good intentions unless they immediately ‘degenerate’ into hard work. “degenerate”? I think you used the wrong verb.

nwy..di ko binoto si BSA eh… lol

libertas
Guest

It is sad and revealing that butch abad says pnoy aquinos greatest achievement is his high level of trust ( only according to cojuangco-aquino owned false asia survey).
Theabs-cbn reader mid term survey rates pnoy as 2 out of 10.
No performance related achievements, no implementation of promises, just endless propaganda and meaningless motherhood statements

Thomas Jefferson
Guest

While we read this the Chinese mining companies based in Zambales are “invading” and exploiting our nickel resources and transporting this by ship to China. Farther north, black magnetite sand is also being taken. What happened to the LGU’s and DENR?

Gerry
Guest

thanks to all the corruption the Republic lacks a Navy. the country is totally unable to protect any maritime resources it may have within its own EEZ.
this is why it is a given that any resources to come out of the West Philippine/South China sea will be divided between China, the USA and whatever Corporation that gets the contracts to dig the stuff up. and , of course, the usual politicians will get a bit of a ‘beak wetting’ as well.
SAD, but most likely true.

mcalleyboy
Guest

The state of ND has more oil than all of Saudi, the US doesn’t need oil, China does but it’s not fair to have super power come in and developed and construct all that’s needed to tape into the oil safely and not want something. You’re correct the Philippines is far from being developed, look at Taiwan, Japan dang their smaller than the Philippines but manufacture for the world, condos and mega malls won’t get you big money it’s manufacturing, and electronic technology that create jobs. lower priced items, no more importing, start exporting.

Pilipino
Guest

Hay ang gagaling nyo naman,,May Pilipino kaya sa inyo,, puro ingles kayo eh, kayo na kaya mag presidente at kundi umikot ang tumbong nyo sa dami ng problema,, puro kayo puna,, bakit di na lang kayo umisip ng paraan para makatulong sa bayan natin? Mabuhay tayong lahat….

Gogs
Guest

New SONA. New troll strategy . Can’t attack ideas. Attack language if discourse . Troll harder .

mark del rosario
Guest
Hahaha here comes the trolls. Coming up with their template: mag presidente muna kayo, tumulong muna kayo bago pumuna. Given the opportunity many of us will run as president but FOR THE RIGHT REASONS. Not because “my mother died,” the protection of family interests in Hacienda Luisita, tuwid na daan, etc. But not everyone can be president. Let me remind u that IT IS THE RIGHT & DUTY of every Filipino to criticize a president who doesn’t do his job properly. It is our way of contributing, oo ito ang tulong na maaaring gawin ng mamamayan. If we don’t do… Read more »
domo
Guest

Ano ngayon kung nagsasalita kami ng Ingles? Pilipino pa rin kami. At baka nakakalimutan mo na Ingles din ang isa sa mga lenguahe natin. O baka naman kasi dinadaan mo lang sa pinoy prayd iyang anti-English mo?

mcalleyboy
Guest
I have ways to make it better, can you stop developing “Manila” and put stop to all business permits within and surrounding Manila and give them incentives to set up in municipalities, provinces, everybody’s grateful for the 7-Eleven but can you do better? people also have money here, dang. LTO, make it a one compound spot get rid of other fake or helper dwellings that perform double paper work and fake photo ID’s … it seems to be cleaned up in the large cities but the provinces still deal with fixers and multiple confusing compounds some are actually a part… Read more »
Johnny Derp
Guest

Seriously, is that the best trolling that you guys can do? 3 years and still nothing to show for it. Just like Gogs said, Your precious pwesident doesn’t need you trolls if he is doing a great job.

Troll Harder

cynicjam
Member
“the aquino administration is doing its best: new laws such as rh bill, pantawid pasada to help the poor and marginalized population of the country, tanking off the pork barrel scammers and corrupt politicians.” RH bill is a law? Anong petsa na bahit hindi pa naipapasa yung “law” na iyan? “Pantawid pasada?” Bakit lalong dumadami ang mahihirap sa bansa? “Tanking off pork barrel?” E fan nga ng presidente mo ang pork barrel e dahil nakikinabang sya diyan! Mas marami pang mga highway at daan ang naitayo ng mga dating pangulo kaysa kay PNoy. My goodness…you all love to copy and… Read more »
icedfeather
Guest
e di law na kung law naipasa nga..error lang okay? sa lahat nang punto yun lang yung nakita oh. kasi nga maraming mahirap sa bansa kase bunga yan nung mga kamalian pa noon.. kagaya nung isang “certain” pres. na nagpasa ng e-vat e di nagkanda utang na ang pilipinas.. yung mas corrupt na government ng last administration, madali bang alisin yun? ano naman yung proof mo na isa nga c pnoy sa nabebenefit nung scam na yan.. hindi lahat ng isinusubo sa media at critics ay tama.. discern mo din oh… at abay natural mas maraming highway na naipatayo dahil… Read more »
cynicjam
Member
http://manilatimes.net/pork-barrel-defined-aquino-presidency/54720/ “isipin din natin na sa administration ni noynoy ay maraming kalamidad ang bumangga sa atin lalong lalo na yung yolanda at yung pagupo niya pa lang ay yung issue agad sa taiwan dahil sa bus massacre.” – Hmm, let’s see…the Manila hostage crisis botched hard and poor handling of the relief goods and housing for the victims of the Yolanda tragedy. Dapat nagawan nya agad ng paraan pero utak-sanggol pa kasi ang pangulo e. Kung magaling talaga ang pangulo natin, hindi ka nagco-copy-and-paste ng mga spiels mo dito at makikinig sya sa mga criticisms, hindi yung aasal siya na… Read more »
icedfeather
Guest
ikaw nga copy paste ng copy paste nung sinulat ko eh.. e di kung sanang magaling ka e di sana naghanap ka rin ng solusyon sa problema db? bago pa nga lang yang yolandang yan..atat lang? try mo kayang ipamudmod yung goods sa buong visayas.. nakikinig nga siya at alam niyang hindi naman makakatulong yung criticisms nung iba, siya nga yung presidente kaya siya yung gumagalaw..kesa naman eh yung gawin niya eh makinig lang sa mga nega niyong comment.. alam din naman niyang developing pa lang yung progress nung projects nia, hindi naman siya ganun ka tanga, kaya nga siya… Read more »
libertas
Guest

Sonny coloma when asked what was pnoy aquino’s biggest infrastructure project to date.
“widening/improving the road from tarlac to baguio”
(actually, the only one)
Not only is that a pathetic performance for 3 years, but that was only done to help cojuangco and his tarlac based tourist/airport/airline/resorts strategy!

Johnny Saint
Guest
They are claiming to have completed one major project — the Laguindingan Airport in Cagayan de Oro which was initiated during GMA’s watch. Unfortunately the DOTC screwed that one up too. They seem to have forgotten an airport needs air navigation and night landing facilities. They inaugurated the airport with only visual flight rule in place. The ILS (Instrument Landing System) and other vital facilities are supposed to be installed later. Twenty years in the making and you can only use it safely during the day in perfect weather. (I think it’s what store owners like to call a “soft… Read more »
OnesimusUnbound
Guest

PNoy needs some success story for his SONA to convience us he has accomplishments to speak of, even if the airport is half-baked.

SONA’s Transcript in English

Precious
Guest

This is article is about negativity of Pnoy’s SONA or performance.The content is inconsistent with the topic. You should have use a relevant topic. If Pnoy is not the President , what would happen to the country? Why won’t you run the country and be the president? For you to understand and realize how it is to be in that position. Be open minded

domo
Guest

Are you implying that you want to sugarcoat the negatives you escapist?

domo
Guest

Ovvious malakanyakanyang troll is indeed obvious. Don’t deny it you indiot.

libertas
Guest
Pnoy’s presidential platform was – Pro-poor – Pro-transparency (FoI) – Anti-corruption Poverty and unemployment is up. Malacanan blocked FoI Corruption is rampant, as are scams in government. He has failed miserably based on hiw own promises, which were nothing more than outright lies. Now endless propaganda, and more lies try to paper over the ever widening cracks. Get your excuses ready for next year, and the year, after because it will only be more empty promises, motherhood statements, and ‘buying time’ for as long as possible, whilst the taxpayers coffers are raided and dubious contracts signed. Systems only improve with… Read more »
mark del rosario
Guest

Same old argument. We should first be president? We need not be the president ourselves not to realize the ills of our society. Mahirap ngang magpatakbo ng bansa, bakit nagrereklamo siya at ginagamit ang argumentong ito? He SHOULD NOT HAVE RAN on the 1st place kung mahirap pala. Pathetic excuse not to criticize!

libertas
Guest

P.s
What happened to the huge investments pnoy always touted/promised were coming after every foreign trip he made??!!

FDI now the worst in ASEAN

A snake oil salesman – just more lies which the international business community can spot a mile off

domo
Guest

Lemme put this article in relation to your post as an example: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/business/07/21/13/ca-voids-fedex-permit-operate-ph

mcalleyboy
Guest

The 60/40% ownership law enacted against foreign business would be the deal breaker, who in their right mind would go for such a shoddy deal and to invest 3 million dollars of their money on a 1 million dollar company, what a loosing proposition but apparently nobody can see this? Time to get out of the pool.

Gogs
Member

Nothing came of Davos conference. No new investment plus he was never keynote speaker .

Johnny Saint
Guest

I asked this earlier:

Being elected to the highest position in the land is a grave responsibility and carries some risk as well as the supreme authority. If BS Aquino is unwilling to take those risks or, worse, is disdainful of the responsibilities of his office, why did he take the position in the first place?

Thomas Jefferson
Guest

@Precious

The article is all about the truth of the lies, half-lies, half-truths, propaganda, survey manipulations and false facade of the SONA. If you can’t deal with it… troll somewhere else!

libertas
Guest

Only in a country with an average I.Q. of 86, could politicians/leaders with an average I.Q. of 87 get away with such incompetence, lack of integrity, and sheer self-interest.

Virginia A. Culaban
Guest

Habang binabasa ko ito ay nainis ako dahil pulos negatibo ang nakalagay. Kung ito paniniwalaan natin, parang kawalang gana na at wala ng pag-asa ang ating bansa.

Napakaraming puna ang naisulat dito, pulos pangit at ni wala man lang appreciation.

Ang tao na sumulat nito marahil ay malaki na ang nagawa para sa bayan at marami ng natulungan sa ating mga kababayan na naghihirap.

Ang sa akin lang ay hindi natin kailangan ang pagbatikos, ang kailangan natin ay tumulong upang mai-angat ang kalagayan ng ating bansa.

Gogs
Member

If the President was really doing so well he would not need you trolls. Things seem negative because this country with complex problems has a simpleton in charge. And only cause Monmy died. Then you attack the language used. Not content. Or relevance .

joeld
Guest
” It has been three years since majority of Filipino voters elected the son of so-called “heroes” into the highest office in the land.” @Ilda, I believe that he was not voted by the majority. We can only have a leader voted by the majority if we just have 2 or 3 candidates or much better yet, a two-party system. Maybe this is one of the reasons idiots win. After more than 2 decades, the Aquinos have succeeded on dumbing down the Filipino to their advantage, and a lot will still believe in his SONA, they will be the ones… Read more »
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