Boo hoo hoo. The national budget is depleted and the new President Benigno “P.Noy” Aquino III, as it turns out, is no “superman”. For the Average Filipino Schmoe who latched on to the promise of the “magic” of an Aragorn-led mighty army of righteousness galloping in to rescue him from his wretchedness, the road ahead leads back to Square One. And the only thing standing in the way of that doom-and-gloom scenario is P.Noy’s State of the Nation Address (SONA).
If we are to believe all the teasers sent out by the Philippine Media, this SONA is gonna be a “shocker” of an “exposé”. Why? Because Big Bad Former President Gloria Arroyo’s alleged “looting” of the National Budget will be laid out for all to see and gawk at. Hey, wait, isn’t this the handy work of an ex-President that got elected back into Congress by popular vote? Considering that counted among other morons that get elected into the Philippine Congress are honourables like some chump currently detained in Hong Kong for drug trafficking, and a renegade soldier who trashed a major Manila hotel among others, it’s quite surprising that the real source of this ingrained crookedness in our society continues to be glossed over.
A chamber of “representatives” does indeed reflect the people who voted them into office, and a writer for the Aquino Family Newsletter, Neal Cruz, agrees…
That is the reason many politicians want to run for Congress. It is not to serve the people as they promise in their campaign speeches. It is to partake of the bonanza from the pork barrel.
… though not too many Filipinos would agree with the Truth about them that this highlights: that they, as voters are complicit to these ignoble aspirations that characterise the typical Filipino politician.
For me, the SONA Shocker will be no more than a false-validation to Da Pinoy that criminality resides in everyone — everyone, that is, but himself. The Filipino desperately wants to believe that Arroyo looted the National Budget. Why? Because it gives him some semblance of a rational reason why he remains the impoverished wretch that he is today — living and feeding off mounds of garbage instead of taking his place at the top of that green hill where his peers in the East Asian region picnic today.
Quite fortunate for “P.Noy”. He is poised to deliver today that assurance that Da Pinoy is not responsible for his own poverty — essentially the main point of the SONA he will be dishing out. It’ll be a PR bonanza, this SONA. At a time when Da Pinoy is mired in bewilderment over his chronic poverty, a SONA telling him that his poverty is the result of an ex-President consciously depriving him of his entitlements will be a breath of fresh air. And as an outcome of the infinite wisdom of his “Communication Team” (presumably), the SONA will also hit another bird — the increasingly apparent hollowness of his “anti-corruption” sloganeering.
Indeed, as Amando Doronila sees it;
With the shift of focus to the depleted budget, the President offered a means to open a limited number of new issues to keep his anticorruption campaign from running out of steam.
With that, let us sit back, microwave some popcorn and enjoy the Presidential Shock-Jock’s show today. Whilst lesser bloggers and “analysts” await its conclusion before they start their feeding frenzy, we are already helping ourselves to our advanced harvest. After all, we here at AntiPinoy.com are exemplars as far as foresight is concerned.