I am not a Pnoy fan. But of all the SONA’s I have heard, I like Pnoy’s better than most. He has a “sidewalk” style but without the cussing and the brashness. He weave’s a story as a premise of his argument then occasionally ends it with a joke, emphasizing his point. He may use some punchlines but not to a point that it becomes corny and hypocritical. Erap’s “Huwag ninyo akong subukan” is too pretentious and movie-punchline-like than “matuwid na daan” (well, ok the last one can be hypocritical).
SONA 2015 was no different. If at all, it was even better. He starts with the pits and falls of the past admin, as he almost always does. But hey, we need to be constantly reminded of this. We tend to be very forgiving and we seem to treat feelings of grudge as some immature thing and that one must “move on” or “grow-up”. In this case, Pnoy feels that he needs to remind everyone of where we were before he came along. Early on in his presidency, I thought that his penchant for recalling the past admin’s mistakes was one way of setting himself a good excuse in case he doesn’t achieve much.
Much like how Erap remarked in his first SONA that “Bangkarote and gobyerno” and then arguing that he will be hard pressed to deliver on his promises. This was an unjustifiable slap on FVR’s face and an indictment of Philippines 2000.
But for this SONA, Pnoy has a different purpose. It was to show how far we’ve gone since 2010. He wanted to tell a story. He wanted to present his administration in a collage-type of theatrical presentation and highlights its achievements by putting it in contrast to her predecessor. It was a swan song. And a song it really was. The drama, comedy and tragedy were all there. And the denoument would probably be when the TV screen was divided into three panels: Binay, Poe, Mar. (The thank yous and acknowledgements were the closing credits.)
I must say though, that he missed a few items in his speech that should have been included or even emphasized particularly the Mamasapano massacre and the DAP controversy.
The former, I wanted him to present a more human tone in sympathy to the families who lost so much. It was a perfect opportunity for him to somehow “atone” for his responsibility without necessarily saying it was all his fault.
The latter (DAP controversy), I wanted him to put it into context. The DAP issue was not about funds being pocketed ‘ala Napoles’ PDAF. It was about certain funds previously earmarked for certain operational budget items of certain departments diverted directly to be used for projects. It was creative accounting. Was it pocketed? Some may have been misused much in the same way as PDAF was fully utilised by some and pocketed by others. In other words, the DAP freed up capital to be used for even more projects. Now, how those projects were implemented by the eventual recipients say DPWH or LGU, was something that should be treated separately from the DAP.
There may be more that he could have covered in his speech but for me, only those two i previously mentioned stood out as “no-shows”.
im a sucker for dramatic speeches. This was no exception. I cant help but agree with him when he said something about whether in 2010 we could have thought that we could have reached this level of growth. Yes, one might agree that it has not trickled down to the lower wrung of the community. But hey, we need to have the businesses flourish first to provide more jobs and create even more business opportunities for a greater number. That’s when inclusive growth can be achieved. All the more some reforms need to be sustained and some still need to be achieved beyond 2016. And if only because of that, this speech has gathered some dramatic intonations.
To conclude, I rate SONA 2015 a 2.25. And so does Pnoy’s admin. (just as a reference, i rated GMA a 3.0, Erap a 4.0)