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My SONA to P-Noy

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I write as one of the bosses of P-Noy, and I direct this message to him. This is not unsolicited advice. Rather, this is a restrained expression of what I feel and what I think. I know my sentiments and views are not universal, but whose are anyway? What I am sure of is that many will agree with what I am about to write. In fact, if I have a chance to reach more of the Filipino people, I am confident that the majority will find resonance with my message.

This is my State Of The Nation Address, and intended for the only president who ever called and considered me his “boss.” I wish I can be totally frank instead of being somewhat restrained in the choice of my words, but my open support for Noynoy the candidate and P-Noy the President may give more occasion for hired guns in tri and new media to attribute my words to P-Noy. Still, despite the restraint I will exercise, I will try not to dilute the essence of my message.

Let me begin.

Dear P-Noy, it has been one year and one month since you assumed the presidency. I did listen intently when you were delivering your SONA. It was a special treat for me to watch you from the gallery as a guest of one of the members of Congress. In truth, though, I just wanted to experience being personally present in the plenary hall while you were giving your speech. After all, I have been observing your actuation and pronouncements since you decided to run for president. I did not need to hear your SONA to have a good grasp of what you want for the Filipino people and how, in substance, you intend to go about achieving your goals.

Of course, that does not mean that you cannot give a surprise, to me and to the whole nation, by deliberately inserting in your SONA a radical policy. Still, that would be simply gimmickry unless the timing of what you will surprise us with is clearly coincidental. There are many who thought that you gave a good SONA, and some who thought you could have done much better. Again, it was not your SONA that I really cared about but how you have been trying to grapple with the utter mess, moral and financial, that have become embedded in both governance and in society’s value system.

The President’s SONA is often a hyped event and media-driven. It does not make it false when there is a deliberate attempt to focus attention on one speech, year after year, in the same plenary hall of Congress. It does not make it false, but it still does make it hyped. I noticed that the ladies who attended the event, either as members of Congress or their special guests, did their best to display their best attire. Of course, I admired their beauty. At the same time, I knew that they did not have to go all out to present themselves extraordinarily just to listen to what would seem as the most important presidential speech of the year.

What has been very important for me from the start was that you chose to run, not from ambition, but from vision. That is why I am confused why your critics keep pounding on your lack of vision, not just in your SONA, but ever since you stood there as a candidate that denied their candidates the presidency they coveted. What is so complicated about “Kung walang kurap, walang mahirap?” If corruption and poverty are the main cancers of Philippine society, and have been so for so long, even at the best of times, why would their elimination as a resolve and direction of a presidency not be an outstanding vision?

When the policy of exploitation of centuries finds extension in the attitude of corruption, it is not easy to root this out in six years, or sixty years. If the only president who has made it his vision to clean what others have learned to accept and tolerate will lose his resolve, then dishonesty, not integrity, continues to be the operating system of a society.

The pursuit of truth and justice should be relentless. You need not undertake it alone, not even by your government alone. The Filipino people can be harnessed to provide the environment for truth to be revealed and for justice to be applied. It is only incidental that Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is the most recent president of the last nine years and appears to be the target of truth and justice. She is the first target because her presidency is largely believed to be very corrupt and deceitful. Any effort to let the skeletons, or hidden wealth, out of the closet will necessarily affect her first before others who served before her. If she falls, so will others.

Trust your people, Mr. President, as they trust you. They are not your bosses for nothing. They will march with you if you ask them to. Even now, many of us are doing what we, as good citizens, have to do. If you want us to do even more, just tell us where, when and how. You will be pleasantly surprised with our response.

We know you need the politicians and the bureaucrats to run a democracy. At the same time, the people are the best guarantee that democracy will work.

And, yes, an economic development program requires economists, investors and managers to make it succeed. On the other hand, the path of righteousness, the “Matuwid na daan,” requires wisdom and courage, and a hero to make it a lifestyle.

Go be a hero, P-Noy, and wake up the hero in us.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/baylan.megino Baylan Megino

    Thank you for reminding us all why we have asked our leaders to lead. Change does not happen overnight, and action toward the vision must be continual and consistent through all obstacles in order for the Vision to become Reality. A Chinese proverb comes to mind: “The person who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” Even those of us on distant shores can do our part to help lift the country. There are no wasted efforts.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UVVTDTXVEF5ASJAD5ZTROZT7IY Hazel R

    his is a great ambition… greater than any financial aspirations can ever superficially deal with. his is moral and encompassing, too bad many of us cannot see through that

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BCEWOO6RAKPSC6D5ZN57UI4HPY Pedrino Gonzales

    True. Erasing poverty and improving economy needs experts to do it, esp. in government. But shooting buddies, close friends and classmates and party hoppers are not automatically these experts. Some best experts are always also to find in an opposition. Wisdom is not only at the ruling administration, many matters rather show the contrary, here and anywhere.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DDFM3SEI7K7JKDGDVFP3UP3Z5M jaina

    Every time I hear people talk about the SONA, almost everyone has one thing or two to say…and much to my surprise, I found myself holding back everything that I wanted to express..maybe because I am hoping and waiting for something better to happen, given time.And it was not the first time. I once had a conversation with a taxi driver who was so riled up due to the oil price increase and he kept rambling about how things are harder this year and how it would have been better with another person as president.
    My message to P-noy: every one is entitled for their opinion but this should never deter you from doing what you HAVE to do for my country and my countrymen.
    And to my countrymen: 
    That man who gave the SONA is not Noynoy Aquino for me. He may not even be the best president (I’m hoping to be proven wrong) but I am a Filipino, this is MY COUNTRY and he is my president now. And for that, he deserves my respect and my support. I know it’s too much to expect the same from you, but surely respecting my country and everything that represents it wouldn’t be that hard. 

  • abmatibay

    To those who are stricken of Dengue…One of our children was stricken by the deadly disease. 

    Though unethical specially for a Makati Medical doctor, she suggested “tawa-tawa”. 

    After our child drank a glass of it (boiled it first and warm), her blood platelet went up at gumaling sya agad. 

    Wala pong bisa ang mga nilalagay nila sa hospital. Malaking GAstos lang po iyon.Marami po sa tabi ng Quiapo church

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gilbert-B-Elento/1062273633 Gilbert B Elento

    this is i want to read positive commentary, malaki ang pagasa ng pinas kung may hero tayo tulad ni pnoy.
    MABUHAY ANG FILIPINAS

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L5K35TXOOQXDILU5FBD63DCXXU Gil

      if P-noy see something went wrong with the past administration..he always say..it will not happen under my watch..whats going on with jueteng issue..it is under his watch now  but he is ignoring it..is it because of KKK  or what is it? just asking..

  • John

    Go go go!!!
    Pnoy led us on the straight way!
    Those who are making it crooked should be crushed!!
    Filipinos be positive! let us make this nation great again!!
    This is not only Pnoy’s, he needs our help!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LSZ6LZW2VYMUQUEVGC36NHWV6Q Anonymous

    Well said sir, we hope that many will appreciate your points raised particularly those who didn’t him.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L5K35TXOOQXDILU5FBD63DCXXU Gil

    i agree with you…and you know what?per senator they are given 200 million as pork barrel ..i’m not sure if thats per year and congressmen receives up to 75 million ..if they suspend this and they will use this money to build roads/schools..instead  of handing these amount to those dirty politicians then we could have those what you have mentioned..

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