Most Filipinos have been
waiting for the President’s Fourth State of the Nation Address. Many speculations
have been said and published . According to some surveys , the president’s
popularity rating decreases . The time , most Filipinos have been waiting for ,
finally came, on July 22, 2013President Benigno Simeon
“PNoy” Aquino III delivered his fourth annual State of the Nation Address in
Batasang Pambansa Complex, Quezon City with the theme, “Sa Gitna ng Daang
Matuwid.” The SONA which lasts for almost two hours was then reported to be the
longest SONA the President ever made .
SONA covers a lot of areas in the government . In fact , the President received
numerous applauses from the audience that includes the Senators. Congressmen
and government officials.
PNoytalked about his government’s accomplishments in political and economic aspects
. he also praised public officials and offices who had made outstanding and
excellent performances and services for the country but frankly said hiscriticisms and disappointments against corrupt public servants and agencies .
The President stressed some important national
issues as the Bangsamoro peace
framework, success of his Pantawid ng Pamilyang Pilipino Program, more TESDA
scholars, housing program for informal settlers and the 7.8% GDP last year, RH
Law, Sin Tax Law, AFP Modernization Act and the K-12 Law.
He also mentioned the heroic
acts of the three policemen who uplift the PNP and mentioned some department secretaries
for a job well done as Albert del Rosario of DFA, Armin Luistro of DepEd,
Rogelio Singson of DPWH and the late Jesse Robredo of DILG.Yet he also made
mention of the controversial government officers as theformer TESDA Administrator Boboy Syjuco, and the agencies of
Bureau of Customs, Bureau of Immigration and National Irrigation Administration.
With my personal perception
and assessment , The President was able to deliver his SONA excellently and
with utmost honesty . We can’t deny the fact , thet amidst all the
controversies and criticisms that the government is facing right now , still it
is without doubt that he is a good and righteous President .
In his SONA , the President
may be so sarcastic but it can be truly understood for it is with authority and
with a sincere desire to serve the Filipino people and to uplift their quality of life .
The President ended his
speech with this controversial statement that hits each Filipino ,and may never
be forgotten as far as Pres. Noy is concerned, “I am Noynoy Aquino, and I
proudly say to the world: I am a Filipino. How wonderful it is to be a Filipino
in these times.”
From his concluding statement
, contentment can be felt in the President’s heart . I believe , that the
Presidentbelieve that He has done a great job and was able to direct the nation back to the “Daang
Matuwid “.After serving the Filipinos ,
the President really is on its’ strong desire to free the country from
the graft and corruption . maybe , in the eyes and opinion of others , much
more with his detractors and critics , he may not be able to achieve and
fulfill his promises , yet , we can see sincerely in his eyes that he has done his
best to serve the Filipinos with utmost and sincere dedication .