TAINTED AQUINO ADMINISTRATION LEAVES THE "BOSSES" HOPELESS

As President Aquino delivered his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) in the House of Representatives, several protesters and activists from different sectors converged along Commonwealth Ave., calling for his ouster amid the very controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and the unaddressed promises he made during his previous SONAs.

As President Aquino delivered his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) in the House of Representatives, several protesters and activists from different sectors converged along Commonwealth Ave., calling for his ouster amid the very controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and the unaddressed promises he made during his previous SONAs.

President Aquino mentioned the accomplishments of his administration in the previous year (such as the Training-for-Work Scholarship of TESDA, Expanded Conditional Cash Transfer Program, Sin Tax Reform, National Road Construction Projects, the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, etc.). However, in the course of his administration’s undertakings to address several issues; his regime still faces unresolved repercussions. The Lobbyist asked the pulse and sentiments of the masses on P-Noy’s performance.

 

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Robert Gabriel Cosme of the Philippine Normal University, ACT Teachers Party-List felt strongly for government to prioritize an adequate budget allocation for education in the country especially in terms of students and teachers’ welfare. “Kailangan natin ng sapat na budget sa edukasyon, lalo na pagdating sa sweldo at benepisyo ng mga guro.” (We need sufficient budget for our education, especially in terms of our teachers’ salaries and benefits.)

One of the leaders of Anakbayan – PUP, Bianca Cruz, articulated that education must be the priority of the government. Thus, budget cuts in education should never be considered by government. “Kailangan niyang harapin at sagutin ang ibinabato sa kanya.” (He needs to face and answer all the issues and criticisms being thrown at him.)

Meanwhile, Albert Pascual of the Kilos Bayan Para sa Kalusugan expressed his sentiments on how the administration failed to address the healthcare concerns in the country. He further addressed a strong opposition against the government’s move for the privatization of public hospitals in the country that might lead to reduced public services. “Nakita natin kung paano na-divert ang Php 10 Billion na budget ng DOH sa walang kabuluhang mga proyekto na kinurap.” (We have witnessed how the government diverted the Php 10 Billion budget to nonsense projects that were corrupted.)

Last April 24, the Supreme Court decision ruled that farm workers are the legitimate owners of the Hacienda Luisita. Thus, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) moved to distribute parcels of land from the hacienda among them. Last October 2013, land titles were distributed among 5,800 farm workers who were able to complete requirements established by the DAR. Franciso Dizon, Spokesman of the Alyansa ng Manggagawang Bukid sa Loob ng Hacienda Luisita, decried the hoax land distribution made by the President. He further mentioned that farmers were forced to pay for the distributed land under the Application to Purchase and Farmers Undertaking (APFU) which certifies that farm a worker is willing to till and pay for the land.

Spokesperson Sol Pillas of Migrante Sectoral Party, an OFW who worked in Hong Kong for 28 years conveys her disappointments about the President’s lack of action on plight of the OFWs’ situation abroad. She said that they have filed 17 demands to lower the application fee for passports in Hong Kong, yet the government hasn’t taken any action about it; they submitted a complaint for agencies that victimized domestic helpers for illegal recruitment yet there were no cases filed against the responsible agencies.

National Chairperson of Anakbayan, Vencer Crisostomo expressed his solidarity with the Filipino people how the Aquino government continued to deceive the public through unconstitutional budget to make it appear as if it is quickly responding to the basic social services.

Former Congressman Teddy Casiño of Bayan Muna Party-List said that President Aquino will continuously defend all unconstitutional and illegal policies he has implemented under his administration. He mentioned that all economic developments claimed by the administration were totally opposite to the intent. According to Casiño, the impeachment complaints filed against Aquino are too strong for him to face the necessary charges. “Ang nakasalang dito ay hindi lang ang presidency but I think he is defending the status quo.”

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