Tuesday, July 28, 2020

SONA 2020 Highlights and Reactions

Wazzup Pilipinas!

Hours before President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his #SONA2020, Bar 2019 topnotcher Atty. Mae Diane Azores aired her frustration on social media over the "worst" state of the nation where false promises and empty rhetoric have become the "new normal."

Is her statement true for all of us?

The 5th Sona highlights government's Covid-19 response; vows to help displaced OFWs; warns telcos to shape up; and urges Congress to revive death penalty via lethal injection, the vaccine being produced by China, the imposition of death penalty, and media giant ABS-CBN, etc.

Here is what people and media are saying:

President Duterte hits Senator Franklin Drilon in his #SONA2020 for taking advantage of the preoccupied government, saying that Drilon defended the Lopezes after the ABS-CBN was denied of its franchise renewal.

"In an interview, he arrogantly mentioned among others that oligarchs need not be rich. Then, he linked the anti-dynasty system with oligarchy and the topic was my daughter and son. This happened after the committee of franchise voted 70-11 to deny the grant of franchise to ABS-CBN. Obviously, he was defending the Lopezes that they are not oligarchs," Duterte said.

Preoccupied government? Yes, preoccupied with too much politics instead of solving the people's woes due to ravaging pandemic which seems to go forever with no good plan from this administration.

Respect others' opinion. You defended the Marcoses as well knowing he is a dictator and corrupt, so how about that?

President Rodrigo Duterte said he wants to bring back the death penalty by lethal injection, but questioned why not a lot of people in attendance applauded his statement.

Death penalty is the priority in this time of pandemic?

Ok lang basta unahin mga politiko at mga pulis na abusado sa posisyon. Huwag ang mga mahihirap at mga mahihina. Dahil wala silang kakayahang magbayad nang good lawyer na liar.

Journalist Karen Davila criticized President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to revive the death penalty in the Philippines, which she says is a “deflection and distraction towards a post-COVID economic recovery.” 

Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. -J.R.R. Tolkien Fellowship of The Ring

President Duterte said the government is eyeing to hire more than 20,000 healthcare professionals in 2021.

Hindi nga ninyo maswelduhan ng tama ang health workers ngayon sa susunod pa.

Tanggalin nyo muna si Duque at maghanap ng kapalit.

For my personal point of view, 20k plus is not enough to make sure that quality health care services will be given to the poorest among the poor individuals and families.. How can we deliver if our health care delivery system is one of the worst system in the world.

President Rodrigo Duterte said he will not allow face-face classes until a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available.

He clarified his earlier statement saying he approved DepEd’s proposal to resume in-person classes by January assuming a vaccine is already available by September.

Totally agreed with that. If we allow face to face classes in the midst of pandemic, not only the student, his whole family back home will be at risk of cross contamination.

Life that is lost is lost forever. Education that is delayed can be recovered.

Oh my f*****ng gosh, this is an edited version of a teaching in the Kartilya of the Katipunan written by Emilio Jacinto.

*Don’t fritter away time; lost riches maybe recovered; but time lost is lost forever.

Did they just f****ng use it?

Life is precious. It is better to be safe than sorry. We must secure the life of our children for a better future. Because someday they will lead our country.

The president said: "Certain sectors expressed concern when I declared martial law in Mindanao and its extension 3 times, but 2019 ended without my office requesting any further extension. Martial law in Mindanao ended without abuses by the civilian sector, by the police, by the military."

Duterte's statement is false, as thousands of human rights abuses were recorded during the years that Mindanao was under martial law.

According to Karapatan Alliance Philippines Inc, there were 815,734 victims of civil and political rights violations from the day martial law was declared on May 23, 2017 to May 23, 2019. Martial law in Mindanao was lifted on December 31, 2019.

The president also brought up the issue of ABS-CBN's closure during his fifth SONA by saying that he was "a casualty of the Lopezes during the 2016 elections."

If oligarchy is a big NO in the Philippines now, am wondering what will President Duterte replace it with? If he started with ABS CBN, can he assure he will do the same for other oligarchs in different industries?

Filipinos waited for the State of the Nation Address this year to hear the government's plans on fighting COVID-19. But the President spends much of his speech blasting oligarchs and drugs instead.

The SONA was supposed to discuss the circumstances in which the country is under and the roadmap to where the government wants to lead its citizen. It is not for discussing the emotional state or the corresponding implied psychological state of the head of state.

But the President starts and ends his 5th SONA against Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon.

Covid can’t seem to get the undivided attention from the government. It’s as if Covid’s devastations are not enough. Drilon and his so called oligarchs and his own feelings seems to be more important to him. The feelings of those affected by the virus seems unimportant to him.

Maybe the plan all along for this pandemic, is to make loans but rely on the private sector to do what they are expected to be doing? Ignore its severity by distraction??? If so, you’re on target!

Let's put it this way: If he mentions a name, it means he feels threatened.Really threatened. Next, examine what that person represents. Superior intellect? High moral compass? Spoken the truth?  Has he ever mentioned a name with vehemence and that person is proven to be linked to drugs? Remember he talks of the drug problem as the root of everything that ails the country. Where are the names? His enemies are of the political kind. When is he going to deliver to expectation?

The worst of all ...he allowed the Chinese to take in charge of our islands in the West Philippines sea without saying anything and he supports them! And look, so many dirty, corrupt and disrespectful Chinese all over the nation.

Why not discuss how the trillions are being spent? Or what plans does the government have to combat this pandemic? Or on what basis is he keeping Mocha Uson whose salary amounts to 100k plus? Explain how he is an effective and efficient president.

Our economy is on a ventilator and these are the ways for us to survive? In a longer process (but he can start it) He should  attempt to do the following in my humble opinion:

1. Reduce the bloated bureaucracy. Shut down unnecessary departments and government units that have no strategic contributions to growth.
2. Abolish 4 P's. This encourages mendicancy. A tool for political patriotism and loyalty.
3. Re allocate the "infamous intelligence funds". For whom? Tons of money - not subject to oversight and COA radar.
4. Privatize key infrastructure projects to ease our yoke by heavy borrowings.
5. Obligate departments to save 10% of budgets.

These bucket of savings should be allocated to a well thought out Payroll Protection Program for SME's. The sturdy  spine of any economy.

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