By my reckoning (on the basis of its English translation), President Benigno “P.Noy” Aquino III devoted 1,558 words out of the 4,055 words in his 35-minute State of the Nation Address (SONA) to whining about the plunder of the National Budget (whatever that means exactly) and the salaries and bonuses of some Government employees. That’s 38.4 percent of his speech devoted to what was supposed to be the “shocking” “exposé” that would be his SONA. Thanks to P.Noy’s childish teasers last weekend, everyone was pumped up to get a load of just that, so much so that his own Family Newsletter was left no choice but to mount a rather laughable attempt to downplay the shock value of this speech last Sunday.
Even now, the top headline on the Inquirer.net, We can dream again, supposedly a “report” to highlight the salient points of P.Noy’s SONA, grossly misrepresented its content. Only 32 words out of the 937 (i.e., 3.4 percent of the content) in this “report” was in reference to the majority whiney bashing-the-previous-administration parts of P.Noy’s SONA.
That’s false publicity in my book.
In P.Noy’s SONA, we have a product composed of 38.4 percent whininess by volume now being pitched as containing only 3.4 percent of the “shocking” ingredient.
But then let’s be fair. Like the alleged plundering of the national budget, there is nothing “shocking” about a Family Newsletter playing down the latest gaffe of its Golden Boy — which brings me to the point of this piece:
The first SONA of the Aquino Administration is no more than another addition to the President’s growing list of gaffes.
Indeed, it is a gaffe that played out over the last several days. It began when teasers about it being a “shocking” “exposé” were first released to the press on the 23rd of July…
MANILA, Philippines-President Benigno Aquino III may decide to reveal the alleged irregularities in the previous administration that were uncovered by the new Cabinet when he delivers his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday.
… followed by a backpedalling by the Family Newsletter that carried the story on the 25th of July in an attempt to highlight more of its “truth-telling” aspect…
MORE THAN its “shock and awe value,” President Aquino’s first State of the Nation Address (Sona) will be an educational and “truth-telling” speech.
“This is not simply about exposés or accusations,” Presidential Communications Group member Herminio Coloma yesterday said of the speech that Mr. Aquino is to deliver at the first joint session of the 15th Congress tomorrow afternoon.
… and finally capped by today’s “We can dream again” top headline report on the Inquirer.net — a “report” that pathetically pleads for the SONA to be perceived by the public to be a forward-looking solutions-focused message — a tough PR job considering the unfortunate reality that half of this message was a big whine over a “depleted” budget and a bunch of overpaid government employees that would have been best left within the jurisdiction of agencies that specialise in audit, investigation, and prosecution.