Expectations, predictions for Aquino's final SONA
Liberal Party (LP) stalwart and Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad says it will be the usual mention of the administration's achievements with the admission of "missteps" along the way. What won't he mention during the SONA? Abad counted out Aquino's anouncement of his "anointed one," the 2016 presidential candidate he hopes will continue his "Tuwid na Daan."
The leading candidate for president, Senator Grace Poe, meanwhile, wants a push of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill.
What else do the movers and shakers of Philippine politics expect? Here's a list of quotes compiled by Rappler:
First, the President may likely say that a lot has been achieved – in fighting corruption and reforming governance, in alleviating and reducing poverty and in growing the economy – that inspires people to hope for more prosperity.
Second, he may also acknowledge that there may have been missteps along the way and many more still needs to be done.
And finally he will likely emphasize that it is critical that this transformation process carries over to the next term. For this to happen, he may strongly choose a successor who is trustworthy, has experience and is competent to confront difficult and complex domestic and international concerns.
I don't think so. There is an appropriate occasion for that. And a SONA, I believe, is not that appropriate occasion.
Wala naman ako inaabangan (I'm not looking forward to anything in particular), will just wait for his speech on Monday.
I hope to hear him push for the FOI. The short and long term plans for the MRT and other mass public transit. Status of employment and jobs creation and the allocation of funding for out national healthcare system.
Yes. It will be an opportunity for him to address the public if he feels that the various reports that have come out have not clearly presented his side of the story
Maybe what I dream of hearing is an inclusive, visionary, and unifying SONA which can be done if he: 1) acknowledges both successes and failure, strengths and weaknesses of the country and administration; 2) resolves to get things done; and 3) [commits] to a common vision and plan that even his successor can latch on to... and support.
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– With reports from Camille Elemia/Rappler.com