FROM THE BOSSES- Reactions to PNoy’s 2013 SONA

President Benigno Aquino III delivered on Monday his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) claiming that it was in fact, the SONA of the Filipino people. 

President Benigno Aquino III delivered on Monday his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) claiming that it was in fact, the SONA of the Filipino people. 

As the President enumerated the accomplishments under his term and the national issues he would address for the last three remaining years of his administration (such as inclusive economic growth, the relocation of informal settlers, the distribution of the Hacienda Luisita, etc.), the LOBBYiST asked some of the President’s “bosses” and even his colleagues about their reactions.

 

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Roberto Dusaran, chairman of Socialista, a multi-sectoral, socio-civic and political group, believes that the money given under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) is not a concrete solution to the problems of the country. “Kailangan natin ay magtayo ng maraming industriya” (What we need is to build more industries), he said. On the other hand, Miguel Aquino, a tricycle driver, is contented with the leadership of PNoy and wishes that the President will continue to improve the state of the Philippines.

One of the leaders of Kababaihan ng Gabriela ng Bagong Silangan, Mayang Taldo, voiced their community’s stand on the issue of the relocation of informal settlers from high-risk areas and said that they would suffer more if they accept the arrangement. Raymund Asenia of the Alliance Bank and Financial Unions Against BSP Circular 268 also expressed his disappointment saying that although the President’s SONA promises a bright future for the Filipinos, the nation’s progress is not actually happening.

 

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Some members of the Congress have their opinions as well. Newly –elected Senator Nancy Binay said that PNoy’s messaging especially on anti-corruption is still consistent and that she has yet to study the laws he proposed to improve the reforms that the government has established. Rep. Cesar Sarmiento of the Lone District of Catanduanes said that he was invigorated by the President’s speech calling everyone to do his share and that he is now ready to serve his constituents. 

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