Monthly Archives: July 2009

State of the Nation Address…and take that (POW!!)…and that (Boink!!)…

Her State of the Nation address sounded more like a harangue to “fellow politicians” rather than what it should have been. She spent a lot of time defending accusations against her by throwing back the same at her accusers. Her defense that others do it (too) is no defense, in court or in public.

When she spoke about the Cheaper Medicine Law, she was more emphatic about who the “real” authors of the bill were as opposed to who were not (said with matching smirk and a sideswipe at a particular politician) than the benefits of the said law. Cheeky.

She insinuated that she should be thanked for not declaring Martial Law – she would have if she had to; at least, that much we know about her. (It’s like a thief telling his victim: “be thankful I only robbed your house and not killed you.”)

She lashed back at those that accused her of stealing by pointing out the opulent and extravagant lifestyles, again, of her accusers forgetting that 95% of those that accuse her are not politicians and are poor and cannot possibly be living in comfort much less opulently. But, I guess, accusations coming from the poor don’t even deserve a response directed at them.

The speech as a whole had a mixed-flavor of chest (implant and all) beating, pugnacity, finger pointing and, yes, economic figures the man on the street can relate to as much as the anniversary of the landing on the moon.  Hardly an accurate picture of THE STATE OF THE NATION.

Surrealistically, the whole affair looked like a convention of thieves with the Chief-Thief berating the opposing faction of thieves interspersed with the presentation of economic figures and numbers while everyone mentally computing 30% to 40% and “knowing” to whose pockets they went to and congratulating and thanking each other for it.  And all hoping to get more from next year’s share of the spoils… and the beat-ing goes on.

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Former Defense Secretary Cruz

Former Defense Secretary Avelino Cruz asked soldiers to “disobey patently unlawful orders” that would subvert the Constitution. This was part of his speech at a forum of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines and the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting in Ortigas, where he said that the public should also be prepared to “stand in the way of any attempt” by the administration to stay in power. Cruz was a senior partner of the law firm that GMA and her husband used extensively over the years. He is privy to many things the first couple would rather he keep to himself. In that speech, he cited other factors that point to GMA’s plans to stay in power. He obviously knows more than he cares to divulge. Perhaps, now is the time for him to state everything he knows and publicly announce where he personally stands and what he is prepared to do.

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