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SONA speech: DAP, lies and croc tears #SONA2014

By Vencer Crisostomo, as originally posted on Blog Watch, Philippine Online Chronicles

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President Benigno Simeon (BS) Aquino III turned to lies, drama and crocodile tears and “paawa effect” in his State of the Nation Address 2014 to defend his unconstitutional Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). It showed the sorry State of Noynoy Aquino: a corrupt presidency, desperately grasping at straws and shooting in the dark.

Aquino’s speech was still about stubbornly defending DAP: he enumerated DAP projects in his speech and called on congress to pass a “Joint Resolution” to define government spending terms and defy the Supreme Court in support of his unconstitutional DAP.

His DAP case studies cited TESDA scholarships, road projects and the Jalaur Multi-purpose River Dam Project, projects which are mired with controversies and corruption-related anomalies.

Economy poised to take-off? We’ve heard that one before, from Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Aquino made absurd claims of economic growth and accomplishments based on lies and delusions. He exaggerated gains to cover-up the plight of the Filipino people, especially the poor. For instance, his claim that education backlogs – classrooms, armchairs, books — have been erased is clearly a lie. Likewise, his claim that jobs have been created conveniently ignores the fact that unemployment rates have risen under his government. He made lame excuses regarding Agrarian Reform failure, and conveniently erased in the picture his family’s continuing control of Hacienda Luisita.

Aquino insulted the victims of Yolanda by inventing a new, ridiculous explanation to government’s slow response: “Natangay po pati ang ating prepositioned relief goods.” At the same time, he boasted of speedy recovery in Yolanda affected areas. This is a president with a very wild imagination.

Aquino tried to lure the public through crocodile tears and Kris Aquino drama-rama. But no one is falling for his lies, rhetorics and antics. His water cannonization of the biggest SONA ng Bayan protest outside Batasan shows that his government is desperate, paranoid and isolated.

The Filipino is worth fighting for? Yes. But Aquino should stop portraying himself as the hero, for in this case it is clear to the people: he and his corrupt rule is the enemy to overthrow and fight against.

Photo by Mon Ramirez . Some rights reserved.


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