Reaction to SONA 2008 and 2009


By DAVAO TODAY

The eighth state of the nation address (SONA) of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo elicited different reactions. Progressive groups staged their own version of the SONA, which they believe reflect the “real” condition of the Filipino people. People from the government, church, business and men on the streets also share their views. Some still believe in what the President said but others were not so impressed by her speech. Davao Today gathered their reactions:

“I happened to watch the Sona but it was not worth hearing at all because I didn’t believe in what she was saying. The poor are still hungry, lining up for rice everyday for a limited kilo. The expanded Vat is still there. Her speech had no soul, sad to say. Sona must provide direction on major concerns which depicts the state of the nation of the past year. Not to report on what has been perceived as accomplishments of the government which she does not need to tell us because we know already. No clapping is needed!”

–Sister Marietta Banayo, M.A., president, Assumption School of Davao, Cabaguio Avenue, Davao City

“Nothing really new but rehashed statistics that does not translate into food on the table of Mang Pandoy.”

–Mr. Allan Villanueva, board member/ project coordinator, Akbay Kalusugan, Inc.

“We do not need free education only. We need quality education at the elementary and high school level especially in public schools. Increase the number of class rooms, hire more ‘quality’ education graduate teachers, build schools in every barangay, and accommodate investments that will allow our graduates to work in their field of expertise (other than the call center industry).

According to Amartya Sen, a nation could only attain genuine development if the state develops the capabilities of its citizens. The Philippine government should focus more on improving the basic education system (as well as social protection program as health security) and make it available to everybody.

–Reine Kathryn Taya, professor, Department of Social Sciences University of the Philippines – Mindanao, Mintal, Davao City

“The Arroyo administration has just thrown out the window its austerity program. In proposing a P1.4 trillion budget for next year, it has likewise reneged on its promise to balance the budget. The current economic crisis is the convenient excuse for Malacañang to ask for a 15 percent increase in its budget in 2009. The increase in the budget next year is meant – not to prop up the economy – but to fatten the war chest of the administration in the 2010 elections. Oh, I can hear the trapos (traditional politicians) singing “the good times are here again!” ironically at a time when the number of poor families are rising. The call of the government to tighten our belts and live simply in these times of difficulties is pure hogwash. At the Senate, there is also a disturbing change of tune. Where before Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago was batting for a side agreement on the Japan-Philippine Economic Partnership Pact (JPEPA), now she is about to lead the second surrender of the Philippines to Japan. Her beef – hard to educate people who are afraid of the unknown. The feisty lady, staunch defender of the Constitution and candidate for the International Court of Justice, is giving up! This is harakiri!

–Peter Laviña, councilor, Davao City first district (as posted in his blog: http://ptlavina.wordpress.com/)

“If Vat was to be removed, lowering fuel prices by four to six pesos…Give oil companies a few weeks, and they will find excuses to increase fuel prices again and again and again until the decrease due to the removal of VAT will eventually be lost. So, there is still no effect.”

–Karlo Bello, councilor, Davao City third district

“Who made the speech? Hahaha”
– Paolo Duterte, president, Association of Barangay Captains

“The President spoke of what is happening. I was surprised about Mindanao being the fruit rather food basket of the nation yet a lot of population here are hungry.” — Susabel Reta, councilor, Davao City second district

“I did not hear her Sona up to the end. But I think that the good programs will not be effective if corruption issues are not handled. If businesses are not happy, we won’t get the foreign investment.” — Angel Puentespina, president, Davao Tourism Association

“I’m happy that the president is focusing on programs that will alleviate poverty and help our countrymen survive the global economic crisis.” –Margarita Montemayor-Nograles, distributor, Havaianas

” If GMA says that VAT stabilized the economy, the people did not feel that. People suffer more because of VAT. VAT is the reason why prices of basic commodities are rising. She says that VAT became source of subsidies but majority of the Filipino people did not benefit from it. According to data, Arroyo collected 86 billion from VAT but only5.7 billion was distributed. Where did the 80 billion pesos go? Vat has only become a source of corruption. –Makpil Camacho, deputy secretary- general, Bayan

” For the workers under the Kilusang Mayo Uno, what GMA is saying that the economy has progressed is not true. Wage only increased by 10-20 peso and most of it is the cost of living allowance. Progress is not felt by the people. If you look at what’s happening, the cost of fare is very high. Lines are very long in NFA outlets. What she said are mere ‘pogi’ points. The economy is in crisis. Survey shows that hunger is prevalent. Workers are deprived of the 125 across- the- board wage increase. Where can you see the progress in the economy? There is no logic with that. Many people are starving.” — Robert Lausa, spokesperson, KMU- Southern Mindanao Region

“What more can we expect from PGMA’s 8th SONA? It’s just another round of state rhetoric, empty promises and lack of political will to address the real state of the Filipino children. Since PGMA assumed power, the gap between children’s vulnerability and the fulfilment of their rights continue to widen. To some extent, there’s growing despair among children who are deprived of their basic rights to survival, development, protection, and participation. Poverty and hunger incidence is at its peak especially here in Mindanao which registers a poverty incidence of 40 percent. Peasant children (Lumad, Moro, Christian) are also being displaced because of intensified militarization in the countryside. If she really meant social programs for the poor in her Sona, what we want is a comprehensive approach and not palliative measures. Filipino children demands food not bombs, education not bullets, free and accessible health services and not militarization, basic social services for the disadvantaged and not exhorbitant taxes.”

— Honey May Idul-Suazo

executive secretary

KABIBA Alliance for Children’s Concerns, Inc,

“Vat is the reason why the people wallow in poverty. Vat should be removed especially the Vat in gasoline because it directly affects the poor. Big oil players are not affected by this. There is no progress as what she claims.” –Gabriel Dumayac, 23, laborer in Matina

” The subsidies she gave are only propaganda to cover up her crimes against the people. She wants Vat because of the kickbacks. It could be true that she distributed lands but only to a few. ” –Richmond Madraso, 22, husband in Buhangin

“GMA’s speech is same old story. I don’t feel any progress. There is no change in the clamor for wage increase. The prices of basic goods and fare are very high. Oil prices are being manipulated because if Shell and Petron are loosing in their business, why is it that plenty of small players in the oil industry are emerging?” –Jhong Abraham, 24, self- employed

” Why is she prioritizing building infrastructures? She should feed the people. She only wants to boast to foreigners that the society is progressing but deep inside many people are hungry.” — Mark Anthony Casquio, 18, mountaineer

“She says that she gave plenty of scholarships and yet public schools are not for free.” –Marc Roca, 17, student

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SONA 2009 reactions were posted as comment by our valuable readers.  Read-on and comment.

19 Responses to “Reaction to SONA 2008 and 2009”

  1. elizabeth aquino Says:

    gloria should resign as a president in our country!!!
    gloria SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!

  2. JACKIE Says:

    NAHIHIRAPAN NA KAMI SA PAG KOKORAKOT MO,,HALOS WLA NA KAMING MAKAIN ANG MAHAL NA NG MGA BILIHIN..HALOS LAHAT NAG MAMAHAL…DAHIL SAU NAG HI2RAP KAMING MGA MAHIHIRAP.DAPAT KA NG PALITAN..MAG KUSA KA NAMAN SANANG UMALIS PARA DI NA KAMI NAGKAKA GANITO.KAW KYA NASA KALAGAYAN NAMIN HA PGMA,KAW LANG YUMAYAMAN ANG MGA MAHIRAP PAHIRAP NG PAHIRAP ANG MAYAYAMAN PAYAMAN NG PAYAMAN.SANA MAISIP MO KAMING MGA MAHIHIRAP “WE DON’T WANT YOU TO BE OUR PRESIDENT”.MASYADO MO KAMING PINAPAHIRAPAN,SANA DI KANA LANG NAGING PANGULO NG PILIPINAS.KUNG ALAM LANG NAMIN NA GANYAN KA PLA SANA DI KA NALANG NAMIN BINOTO.OO ALAM NAMIN NAGBABAHAGI KA NG PERA PERO BARYA LANG YTA SAU UN.PERO SA AMIN MAHALAGA ANG PERA.

    ANG DAMING MGA PILIPINONG WLANG TRABAHO,SANA NAMAN TUMULONG KA PARA MAKAPAG TRABAHO AT MARAMING KABATAAN ANG DI NAKAPAG AARAL DHIL SA KAKULANGAN NG PERA.

    OO MAY UTANG NA LOOB KAMI SAU “SALAMAT AH PGMA” SANA MATULUNGAN MO KAMING MAHIHIRAP,DI PURO MAYAMAN TINUTULUNGAN MO…..SA MGA MATA NG TAO WLA KANG NAGAWA NA MABUTI….KUNG DI LANG NAMATAY SI “FPJ” EH DI SANA SYA ANG PRESIDENT NAMIN NGAUN….SANA PAGPALAIN KA NG DIYOS SA MGA GINAGAWA MO!!!!…..

  3. Skye Says:

    RIIIIGGGHHHHTTTT. AS IF THE PHILIPPINES WOULD PROGRESS IF GMA STEPS DOWN. KAHIT PATALSIKIN NYO SI GLORIA, HINDI YAYAMAN ANG MGA MAHIHIRAP. AT HINDI LANG NAMAN ANG PILIPINAS ANG NAGHIHIRAP NGAYON, KUNDI BUONG MUNDO. ISA PA, KAHIT SINONG SANTO SANTITO ANG PUMWESTO DYAN SA MALACANANG, HINDI PA RIN MATITIGIL ANG KORUPSYON.

    BarangayRP:

    Hi Skye!

    At least isa tayo sa pagtingin n matindi na ang korapsyon sa bansa lalo na sa kaloob-looban ng Malalakanyang.🙂

    Pero, oki lang yun patalsikin ang dpat patalsikin, kasi Constitutional right natin yun, lalo na’t ang paghalal sa kanya ay nangangahulugan lang na inappoint siya ng mga Pilipino sa Malakanyang. Nangangahulugan ito na may karapatan ang mga Pinoy na sipain siya sa puwesto (i-fire na yan) pag di na niya nagagawa ang naiatang sa kanyang tungkulin.🙂

    Ngayon, totoong kahit sino pumwesto sa Malakanyang ay mangungurakot pa rin. Pero, may posibilidad na hindi na garapalang pangungurakot dahil alam nila na patatalsikin sila ng tao pag gumaya sila sa pinalitan nilang opisyal.

    Ang pagpapatalsik ay komunal na kpngyrihan natin bilang mga demokratikong mamamayan. Nasa stage pa lang tayo ng pag-perfect sa kapangyarihan nating ito.

    Eventually we will grow. And we will crush corruption with finality.🙂

  4. Lorna Says:

    Tang Ina Mo GLoria .. Ang Baho mOng aNak KurAkot ka pA ..

  5. tosho tanga Says:

    mga kupal kayonglahat wag nyong pakilaman ang mga sisansabi pag may namantay nasa inyog isa saka kayomag reklamo bkitangayari na ba yun eh jkng dikayo nakakakin bkit buhay pa kayo mga tanga talga kaoy

  6. ryan Says:

    plss tma na ang pangbobola at drama magpaka22o ka.

  7. Ronaldo Santos Says:

    Naku patuloy tayong mag-hhrap kahit ilang sona pa. Dito nga sa tanay panay korap hehe… tabi tabi sa tatamaan hindi ko sinsadya pero wag nyo rin sadyain ang pagiging korap. Gloria tapos ang mga araw sa 2010 salamat kung may nagawa ka man. pero kulang parin gutom parin kami at ang langis kulang na lang sindihan para bumaba.

  8. -l-EmOKiLLer-l- Says:

    ty to yor coment of PGMA ty…..
    ????????????????????????????????

  9. paulo Says:

    tayong mga pinoy ay dapat magtulongan

    katulad ng ginawa ng mga mas nauna sa atin

    patlsikin ang dapat patalsikin!

    wag nating pabayaan na mawalan nlang

    tayo ng kalayaan

    wag natin pabayaan na kainin tayo

    ng mga upisyal na yan

    di nila tayo kakayanin kung magtutulongan tayo

    tulad nga sabi ng mga artista “ako MISMO”

    ako mismo ang magtuturo sa mga kaedad ko ng

    kung ano ang nangyayari sa ating bansa.

    ito ang aking nadarama sana tamaan ang dapat tamaan…….

  10. Takuma Says:

    gloria wag ka nang bumalik sa pwesto pls…kasi hindi naman yumayaman ang pilipinas sayo…saka ung commertial ni Mar Roxas ang baho nman…napaka OA…mabuti pa ung kay Manny Villiar…mga achievements nya tlga ung pinagmamayabang nya…hindi mga FAKE POOR PEOPLE…

    sana next time na mag SONA yumaman na ang pilipinas…saka di puta yun si Marcos…kundi dahil sa kanya hindi sana tayo magiging mahirap…na karma cya sa lopos

    last message…

    KISS MY CON-ASS

  11. Marinelle Says:

    ang gumawa ng speech ay ang ISANG dwende n ngkekwento hahahahahahahaha

  12. Marinelle Says:

    anung pngkaiba ng Fairytale s SONA?

    Sa fairytale may ngkekwento 2ngkol s dwende..

    sa SONA may dwendeng ngkekwento hahahahahaha

    She not worth to be our President at all..

    more promises but still no improvement in our economy..

    even the simplest problem about poverty

    cannot be solve..

    she graduated as Suma CUmLaude

    but she used that knowledge just for her own good

    not for our COUNTRY!!!!!!!!

  13. eman of La Union Says:

    huwag naman ganyan…
    atleast may ginagawa pa ring mabuti ang President…
    hindi lang talaga mawawala ang pangungurakot kasi naman tao lang siya na nasisilaw sa pera! Pati rin kayo no ganun din… Siyempre galit kayo sa mga kurakot… Kapwa kurakot lang ang galit sa isa’t isa kaya siguro guilty rin kayo kasi ganun kayo… tamaan guilty!

    Tsaka may mga maiiwang kabutihan din ang kanyang pagkapresidente kahit madaming palpak na nangyari…

  14. jen Says:

    lagi na lang bang kelangan na sa bawat Sona laging maraming kumukontra???
    eto ang laging nangyayari…i’m not saying na pro-Glora ako…well i’m not…Pilipino taung lahat..dapat tayo tayo ang nagtutulungan ndi ung naghihilahan pababa!CRAB MENTALITY….ang hirap kasi pag may nakita lang na isang bagay na ayaw or mali protesta na agad..y dont we try to look on the other side ndi ung puro pambabatikos…walang mangyayari sa Pilipinas kung laging ganito…

  15. rocell Says:

    _lugmok na xa utang ang pilipinas at dahil xau un gloria labandera napaka dinungaling mo talaga hayop ka gago

  16. alfie abregana Says:

    i am not a pro administration defender… nor otherwise of it… as a wise and hard working person… and as a law abiding citizen… may I can to request? Please dont be so judgmental.. In my Opinion as opinios are not facts, all those who ar ein seats of public service are corrupt… and everybody does? even a single member of the family.. you. your sister.. or your brother can corrupt from your parents… your not even a perfect child to every of your parent. SEE? we call it.. normal gesture…for it is not easy to be in public service… it is not easy to serve other people….it is not easy as that.. to wake up even in the very dawn for the national interest…. As Ive read all the reactions and critics here, i noticed that most of the commentator here are well educated and civilized… perhaps… if im not wrong.. U friends had your political science subject during your studies.. such a pity thing to realized that u dont even have it til now and not applying in your lives… your all nonsense.. u talk as if your good? u talk as if you can even handle a barrangay? u talk as if u can be a mayor? I supposed to say.. yet.. i believed that corruption were being manifested in our governance…but a corruptionist is not a public official only…but can be everybody.. dont act as moron… dont say as if you can do better than her… u might just a garbage compare to her… come to think of it? after her. who will be the next president? she is right… countries problem cannot be knocked out by a single punch…in short… for who will be the next president… do you have candidates? who? are you sure? he can be perfect for your desires of for filipinos desires? u shut up.. dont dream so high…. reality is relaity… trapos is in filipinos inheritance… u idiot… u can email me at my mail.. alfgana@yahoo.com next year after 2010 election… or whenver u may like… if your president will win…then mock me if im wrong.. that your next president is your savior… good luck and good day

    Alfie Abregana
    Bukidnun State University
    BEED student
    Mindanao

  17. kenan Says:

    dpat tlaga may “ONE WORD COME OUT” sana talagang maibalik ang pag ka demokrasya ng bawat isa,lalung lalo na sa mga NAKALUKLUK………..”SANA” bigyang hiling AT katuparan ang mga sinasambit ng mga “TAONG BAYAN”

  18. Rentao Says:

    Wag na po tayo magsisihan dahil kung pagbabasihan po natin ang Bible, ang lahat po ng nangyayari sa mundo ngayon ay nakasulat na sa Bible tag-gutom, taghirap,labanan ng kaharian laban sa kaharian at ang mga masasama ay lalo pang magpapakasama. di po natin mapipigilan ang pagsama ng mundo wag nalang po nating kalimutan manalangin sa Panginoong Diyos at manalig. Wag po kayong masyadong mag-alala maigsi at di sigurado ang buhay ng tao lets just live our lives to the fullest tutal naman po nanonood sa atin ang Diyos sya na po bahala sa mga taong mapagsamantala at walang pagmamahal sa kapwa. Stay happy and calm.salamat po^^

  19. iliad Says:

    hindi ko alam isasagot ko sa assignmant namin sa soc.sci. padadag pa nga po ng comment na matino tungkol sa SONA ni president arroyo.tnx po.

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