‘Business-like’ SONA ni PBBM, kapos sa “applausable moments”- analyst

‘Business-like’ SONA ni PBBM, kapos sa “applausable moments”- analyst

July 26, 2022 @ 8:31 AM 2 weeks ago

MANILA, Philippines – Kapansin-pansin na mabibilang lang ang palakpakan para kay Pangulong Ferdinand Marcos Jr., sa kanyang kauna-unahang State of the Nation Address nitong Lunes.

Sinabi ng isang analyst na nagmistulang “business-like” ang unang Ulat sa Bayan ng Punong Ehekutibo kumpara sa kanyang inaugural address.

Sinabi ni De La Salle University political science professor Julio Teehankee na kulang o kapos sa palakpakan o applaudable moments, ang SONA ng Punong Ehekutibo kumpara sa mga naunang naging Pangulo ng bansa.

“One thing I missed about this SONA is the lack of applausable moments. We are used to previous presidents, from the time of FVR, Erap, etcetera all the way to Duterte. There are several, and we always have a count of how many times the congressmen and the senators applauded, or even gave a standing ovation,”  ani Teehankee.

“But this one seems to be, just one or two. Because of course, it’s the tenor of the speech and the manner he delivered it. He’s more business-like this time around compared to his inaugural address,” dagdag na pahayag ni Teehankee.

Sa kanyang SONA, inisa-isa ni Pangulong Marcos ang kanyang mga priority programs, kabilang na rito ang pag-amiyenda sa Electric Power Industry Reform Act o EPIRA (Rep. Act No. 9136) at ang reinstitution o muling pagbabalik ng mandatory Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) at National Service Training Program (NSTP).

Samantala, para naman kay Teehankee, ang pag-amiyenda sa EPIRA ay isang welcome development.

“That is a welcome development that he is willing to revisit EPIRA, which, of course, most economists and again, analysts, have pointed to one of the biggest factor to our being one of the most expensive power and electricity in the region,” anito.

Sinabi pa niya na kabilang si Energy Secretary Raphael Lotilla sa nagsulong para maipasa ang EPIRA noong 2001.

“Well who else can revisit the EPIRA but the one who helped draft it, right? And of course, if it’s the order of the executive, the president, then we have to revisit it,” ani Teehankee.

Hinggil naman sa usapin ng mandatory ROTC, sinabi ni Teehankee na tila sinang-ayunan ni Pangulong Marcos ang pagbabalik nito na ipinagkaloob ng ilang mga politiko at ilang “segments” ng populasyon.

“Again, this is a concession to a segment of the electorate and some politicians, including the Vice President herself who have been pushing for this return of ROTC. But of course they are trying to package it in a manner by which it is not simply focused on the military and and defense aspect, but also on socio-civic and disaster response,” ani Teehankee.

“As chief executive, as president of the republic, he should be a source of hope and inspiration, and that is what SONA is all about. It have evolved into a rallying cry, it’s not only a laundry list of what things to do and things to be achieved, but rather it is also supposed to rally the people, the nation, to a vision. And that’s what this president has done,” paliwanag nito.

“He has been forthright by acknowledging all the issues and the challenges, but at the end of it all, he’s saying, we will endure,” aniya pa rin. Kris Jose