by Akiko John Domingo

BULACAN - Despite the fact that some of the portions of Aquino's SONA gained applauses and ovations from the people in and out of the Batasang Pambansa, the reality that a number of Filipinos who doesn’t admired the way the president's report is obvious.

               As natural pundits, Filipinos have their own perceptions regarding the latest State of the Nation Address of President Benigno Aquino III.

               By giving a rating from 1 (the lowest) to 10 (the highest) Bulakenyos expressed their contentment and the opposites to the much-criticized SONA.

                Karen S. Romantico, 20, a Journalism student of Bulacan State University said that, As a future media practitioner, inabangan ko talaga ang SONA. Pero na-disappoint ako sa hindi pagkabangit ng Freedom of Information Bill na mahalaga para sa lahat ng mga mediamen, it’s a seven for me.”

             The disgruntled ‘soon-to-be journalist’ also said that there were many other things that the president forgot to say. However, she gladly said that the president had only spoken of the truth, specifically on the GDP growth.

                Akihiro Domingo, 15, a Legal Management student of BulSU noted that the SONA of P-Noy is better than his past two SONAs, “The last SONA is better than his first two, but it needs a lot of improvement. Certainly on the ‘unsung’ parts, which people hope to be included in his latest speech, but its ok for me, and I’m giving him an eight.”

                 Andrew Reyes, 18, a call center agent, said that the president’s SONA, just like of the past, is merely a statement of ‘yabang’.

               “Bakit kailangan ng comparison kung talagang madami s’yang nagawang maganda. Hindi ba pwedeng mag-SONA si P-Noy ng wala man lang kahit isang paninisi?” pointing to the president’s ‘always’ chiding tone to the preceding administration. Andrew gave him a four.

              “Oo, tama s’ya sa mga sinabi n’yang mga paglago ng ekonomiya, but he always keeps on repeating Gloria Arroyo’s mistakes, alam na naman natin 'yon eh. Pero bakit kailangan pang ipagduldulan sa atin at sa nakaraang administrasyon,kaya para sa akin, lagapak siya at three lang ang bigay kong score sa kanya,” Angel Simon, a student said.

              An angry businessman, Rodolfo Sta. Ana, 53, expressed, “Ang tuwid na daan na pilit n’yang itinutuwid ay s’ya mismo ang nagpapaliko sa kanyang mga patutsada at parinig sa nakaraang pangulo. Eh, alam na n'yang mali, inuulit-ulit pa nya, tama na ang sisihan, bakit, wala bang naambag na maganda at kabutihan kahit papaano si GMA. Three lang ang score n’ya sa akin.”

                  Joj Ocampo, a nursing student at BulSu said, “Puro salita, walang gawa, ang dami pa ring walang trabaho. Bakit gano'n, kung totoong tumataas ang ating ekonomiya? Kaya naman para sa SONA n’ya six lang ang ibibigay ko.”

               Gerald Caparas, a sports enthusiast mentioned that he is very unhappy about the outcome of PNoy’s SONA. “Walang nabanggit na kahit isang sports-oriented na bagay, nakakalungkot.” 

                   Caparas also pointed out that the president seemingly does not acknowledge the efforts of our athletes who brought fame and glory to the country. “Si Manny Pacquaio lang ang narinig ko, at sa crime rate pa bumagsak, pero bibigyan ko s’ya ng eight.”

                  Corazon Domingo, 54, a housewife and a mother of three kids said, “Maayos naman at naintindihan ko ang SONA ni PNoy. Masaya ako sa mga balitang kanyang sinabi lalo na sa paglago ng ating ekonomiya, matagal din kasing walang bali-balita tungkol sa ating economy. Pero kahit na may kulang sa kanyang SONA ayos lang ‘yon, malay natin sa susunod na SONA ay masabi na n’ya lahat ng ating gustong marinig, kaya nine ang bigay ko sa kanyang score.”

           Summing their comments up, a mixture of disappointment and slim satisfaction is the major reaction of the interviewed residents in the province of Bulacan.

 


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