President Aquino’s fifth State of the Nation Address took an unexpected turn, and was the better for it.
By Zenaida T. Nucum
Most Filipinos lament the state of moral degeneration in which we find ourselves. We are disgusted with the social cancer we read about every day in the newspapers. Anomalies, such as the Napoles pork barrel scam in which unscrupulous government officials have taken part, are considered standard fare. We have become callous to corruption and immorality. Heinous crimes, like the Maguindanao massacre (as yet unsolved after five years), no longer cause an outrage among us. Natural calamities like earthquakes, floods and typhoons exacerbate the situation, making our world a fearful one.
By Rina Jimenez-David
Director General Lilia de Lima of the Philippine Export Zone Authority was informed only last Sunday about Malacañang’s request that she be present at the Batasan when President Aquino delivered his State of the Nation Address on Monday.
By Ambeth R. Ocampo
Most of the commentaries on these pages this week will undoubtedly be on the President’s State of the Nation Address. Viewpoints differ, and one can see the glass as either half-empty or half-full, depending on whether one likes this administration or not. To provide our readers with something different, I decided to focus on 17th-century Filipino printers.
By Conrado de Quiros
You knew that at the end of the day, few would remember much of what he said. They were only going to remember that he cried. And found redemption in it.