It’s thirty minutes past seven in the evening. I’ve been spending some time watching news about whatever President Arroyo said in her recent State Of the Nation Address earlier this afternoon. I can’t help but listen to the report, since I was too tired to switch channels anymore, and I was lying down on the sofa to rest. So here goes nothing. Oh, and please note that these are only my opinions, you are free to criticize whichever way you like, but don’t be harsh on me. I’m not a member of the media nor critics, anyway.
Well basically, almost everything was scripted during President Arroyo’s speech. It’s not that I’m purely anti-administration, but really, it’s obvious that the words she uttered were only about the positive points of the administration in the past year. Every sentence was rehearsed, every clap by the audience was timed and counted. Worst of all, the government had selective hearing and speaking during the full 56 minutes of the SONA. Rallies were held under control by the police until the president finished her ‘magnificent’ speech.
I just hope that whatever she’s cooking for us right now would come out good enough for everyone in the country. Well honestly, considering the number of projects for our country, I do not expect them to be accomplished. They would be more likely dreams for some, they’re way too far from reality. Yes, there may be many strong points included in her speech, but how about the weak ones? Won’t they concentrate on them the next time around instead of concealing it?
I highly doubt it if she’ll get a high grade for her report card.
One more thing was the election for Senate Presidency also held earlier today. The opposition lost once again, therefore hailing Manny Villar one more time, ‘King of the Senate.’ Members of the opposition turned themselves on each other again, holding some (three to be exact) of their colleagues to be responsible for the loss of Nene Pimentel in the contest. Just when most people thought they could establish a strong alliance against the current government, the opposition disappoints them one more time. When will they learn to unite? Or will they ever learn? (Do not relate the statement to a song lyric, please.) Seriously, I do not know if we’ll ever survive the situation of our country right now. If even our government officials argue about senseless things (sorry for the language) what more is it for the masses?
What made the most impact for me was this part of the SONA.
“The time for facing off is over. The time is here for facing forward to a better future our people so desperately want and richly deserve.” – President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
I hope you can justify that statement, Madam President, for everyone will surely mark this date in their calendars yet again. And I do hope that you could prove the phrase ‘promises are meant to be broken’ to be false.