State of the Nation Address 2009: Nothing New

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Our children are our most cherished possession. In their early years we must make sure they get a healthy start in life…President Gloria Arroyo

As I type this entry, I am watching the State of the Nation Address via ANC. It’s been my habit the past few years since she became President of our country. Last year, I wrote about my Mother’s Hope for the country. That’s because the President said that she always thinks of the poor and her fellow Filipinos in her State of the Nation Address (SONA 2008) . She kept saying ““I care…”

She says “I did not become president to be popular” but I can’t help thinking all the statistics and progress report she is spewing are all embellishments or the creative work of fiction from her speech writers.

1. The state of our nation is a strong economy.

2. The country weathered a succession of global crises in fuel, in food, then in finance.

3. Our economic plan centers on putting people first.

4. In the last four years tourism almost doubled to a $5B industry

5. The BPO remains resilient. With earnings of $6B and employment of 600k, the BPO phenomenon speaks eloquently of competitiveness

6. Cash handouts give the most immediate relief and produce the widest stimulating effect.

7. Our average inflation is the lowest since 1966. Last June it dropped to 1.5%. Paano? Proper policies, lowered interest rates.

8. Rent Control Law 2005-2008 allowed 8%increase, under new law, 1 year moratorium then only 7% increase.

9. We increased indigenous energy from 48% to 58%.

10. Public debt declined from 78% of GDP in 2000 to 55% in 2008.

11. The BSP will be more effective if Congress amends its Charter.

12. We call on tax-paying citizens and tax-paying businesses: help BIR and Customs spot them (those not paying taxes)

13. Taxes should come from alcohol and tobacco and not from books. Tax hazards to lungs and livers, do not tax minds

13. We built 95,000 classrooms, hired 60,000 teachers.

14. Our children are our most cherished possession. In their early years we must make sure they get a healthy start in life.

15. Foreign reserves have grown by 3 billion dollars. My foreign visits corrected historical injustices, eg US veterans compensation

16. This is the crux of her employment-making policy – export people

17. Our vigorous international engagement has helped bring in foreign investment. Net FDI multiplied 15x during our admin.

18. Obama and I will be talking about climate change and impact of recession on the poor.

19. RP economy posted uninterrupted growth for 33 quarters since 2001.

20. Real government is about looking beyond the vested national interest

21. Talk about how you will build up the nation.

22. Manny Pacquiao an epitome of a great Filipino.

23. A national problem cannot be knocked out with a single punch. A president must work with a problem as much as against it.

24. A president must be on the job 24/7, ready for any contingency, any crisis, anywhere, anytime.

25. I have not flinched, I have not faltered. Hindi ako umatras sa hamon.

26. And I have not ever done any of the things that have scared my worst critics so much. They are frightened by their own shadows.

27. I have never expressed the desire to extend myself beyond my term

28. I’m falsely accused, without proof, of using my office for personal profit. I am accused of misgovernance.

29. Those who live in glass houses should not cast stones, those who should be in jail should not threaten it, esp if they have been there.

30. Governance is not about looking back and getting even. It’s about looking forward and giving more–to the people.

The nation comes first?

Noticed how president GMA said “At the end of this speech I will step down from this stage, but not from the presidency. My term does not end until next year.” or ” I have never expressed the desire to extend myself beyond my term”. She does not make a categorical statement that she won’t run for office or prevent the Constituent Assembly (CONASS) to implement a Charter Change before the 2010 Election. She neither said Yes nor No that she won’t run.

Ouch and I think this is addressed to Senator Mar Roxas. “To those who want to be president, If you want something done, do it hard, do it well. Dont pussyfoot and don’t say bad words.”

Well, I won’t say bad words, President Arroyo but my golly, I do admire your creative speech writers for turning out a great work of fiction and fantasy.

Geesh, I know what you mean “Our children are our most cherished possession. In their early years we must make sure they get a healthy start in life” but please, what have you been all doing to ensure the future of our children. We did our part. Now do your share.

Here is the complete text of her SONA Speech.

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