Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Ang SONA at Ako

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usHindi ko napanood ang SONA, kasi tulog ako.

Aminado ako. Wala akong pakialam sa mga nangyayari sa politika. Bihira akong manood ng balita o magbasa ng dyaryo. Ni hindi ko nga alam kung sino-sino ang mga senador, eh.

Nakakahiya, pero yan ang totoo. Nakakapanlumo ang makinig ng balita. Patayan dun. Siraan dito. At lahat sila magkababayan. Iniisip ko lang, ano'ng klaseng mga tao ang magkakalahi na hindi nagkakasundo sa iisang adhikain?

Kaya kong maging Gabriela Silang. Ang maging 'advocate' ng bayan. Pwedeng makidnap at makipagsabayan sa aklasan. Yun eh, kung gugustuhin ko. Pero, mas pinili ko ang manahimik at di makialam.

Bakit kanyo?

Sarili ko mismong buhay, di ko maayos... Buhay pa ng sambayanan?

Sabi nga, there are more pressing matters on hand.

Tulad ko na lang... isang napakababaw na dapat alalahanin ko--pagkain.

sa isang tulad ko, marami ang bawal kainin. lahat di-takal. lahat di-numero. 52% protein, low in purine, low in salt.

pupunta ng grocery, ano'ng bibilhin mo? dapat 0 cholesterol, 0 calories, lite... kung meron ka mang makitang ganun, aba dapat bilhin mo na. Ang isang palaman sa tinapay na pwede kong kainin, 180 pesos isang maliit na lalagyan. ang tinapay, 70 pesos isang loaf.

mababaw na problema, pero problema ko pa rin.

di ako makapagtrabaho--nakakainis na problema. Sa ngayon na may sakit ako, marami akong nararamdaman... maraming masakit... maraming nagbabago... simula sa paghinga, sa paggawa, sa pagtulog, at paggising... para kang imbalidong nakaasa sa nanay mo... naghihintay ng grasya... ng tulong. nakakahiya na. 31 taon na akong umaasa.

Walang narating sa buhay... minsan, yan ang pakiramdam ko... kahit pa sabihin mong marami na akong naging trabaho, pero di naman nagtagumpay sa mga ito... kahit na sabihin mong dalawang kurso ang tinapos ko, di ko pa nga pinagpatuloy ang pangatlo...

isang nakakainis na problema na wala namang nagrereklamo kundi ako, pero problema ko pa rin.

isa pang problema--si Dale, ang anak kong may Asperger's Syndrome. Sa totoo lang, ayoko syang tawaging 'problema', pero pinoproblema ko siya. Bakit siya ganito? Ano'ng dapat kong gawin? Ano'ng mangyayari sa kanya sa hinaharap? Makakatapos ba siya ng pag-aaral? Makakapagasawa ba siya? Makakakuha ba siya ng trabaho?

ito, mabigat na problema na ang solusyon ay minsan naaabot ko na, pero problema ko pa rin.

Yan ang ilan sa mga pinagdadaanan ko sa buhay. Wala pa dyan ang personal na problema sa asawa at sa ibang anak at kapamilya. Wala pa dyan ang lahat ng emosyon.

Magsasalita ka sa SONA, mangangako ng ganito, ganyan... pero ano ba ang totoo? NAGHIHIRAP ang bansang pinanghahawakan mo. Maraming walang trabaho. Maraming nagugutom. Maraming walang sariling tahanan. Maraming ulila. Mataas ang presyo ng lahat. Mababa ang sahod.

Tapusin mo muna ang mga problemang ito, ayos ka na sa kin, GMA.

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GMA vows to share power with provinces
By Sam Mediavilla, Reporter

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usPresident Arroyo's sixth State of the Nation address on Monday, loaded with concrete details about her plans for the prosperity of the country in the next five years, was applauded 167 times.

It was a 22-page speech that took her more than an hour to deliver.

At the very outset she stressed that she had not come to the opening of the joint session of Congress to discuss politics but to talk about what the Filipino people want and should have.

She thanked her friends in Congress "who in the face of grave political consequences, championed and passed some of the most severe and critical fiscal reforms" to save the economy and called them "true friends."

She announced that the government is now financially able also to finance constitutional and electoral changes.

Decentralizing power

The President reiterated her commitment to decentralize power and share it with the provinces and end the system where power and resources are centered in the capital, which, she said, has become the center of destructive politicking.

She outlined a massive spending program to kickstart the economy and urged opponents demanding her ouster to give up what she described as a lost cause.

Mrs. Arroyo said the government would build or upgrade at least 20 airports as well as roads, railways, bridges, ports and ferry services, tap water and irrigation projects.

"Because of our economic reforms, we now have the funds to address social inequity and economic disparity," she said, alluding to key tax legislation passed in the previous two years.

"Now we can fund our medium-term public investment program."

Ten months ahead of mid-term elections set for July 2007, Mrs. Arroyo was in a triumphant mood after surviving an impeachment attempt last year over allegations she stole the May 2004 presidential election.

She also weathered an alleged coup plot by men of the military and the political Left that forced her to declare a state of emergency for a week in late February.

Unperturbed

Political foes, including a number of influential Roman Catholic bishops, have filed a fresh impeachment complaint on nearly the same charges.

The House of Representatives must tackle the complaint in upcoming sessions, but a defiant Arroyo appeared unperturbed.

"For those who want to pick up old fights, we’re game"” she said to loud applause.

"But what a waste of time. Why not join hands instead? Join hands in the biggest challenge of all, where we all win or we all lose the battle for the survival and progress of our one and only country."

University of the Philippines economist Benjamin Diokno said he doubted the government had the financial means to carry out the massive public spending program laid out by the President.

"This will cost a lot of mone--half a trillion pesos ($9.58 billion) at least," he told local television, noting that Congress had yet to pass the 2006 national budget.

Mrs. Arroyo said her spending initiatives would be tailored to boost the competitiveness of four key areas of the country.

Agribusiness would be promoted in the northern Philippines and the southern region of Mindanao, tourism in the central islands that welcome half the country’s foreign tourists, and lower electricity costs and cheaper food for Manila and the surrounding industrial belt.

Beyond the economic focus of the speech, Mrs. Arroyo said peace talks with Muslim separatists brokered by neighboring Malaysia should yield a negotiated settlement soon.

"We should reap dividends in resources invested in agribusiness, not aggression," she said.

'The law of oppression'

She also vowed to end what she called "the law of oppression" imposed by communist guerrillas elsewhere in the country.

After shelving peace talks with the Left in 2004, Mrs. Arroyo wants to rid the area around the capital of guerrilla influence within two years, and has pledged to give the military and police more resources to get the job done.

She also made a fresh pitch for amending the Constitution, which she said created the "most prohibitive red tape" that was hindering business in the Philippines.

She said that last year she wanted to remove provisions of the Constitution that bar foreign investment in many poorly developed sectors of the country’s economy, but that her campaign had not made much headway.

The President congratulated the newly installed Senate President Manuel Villar. She thanked House Speaker Jose de Venecia, Vice President Noli de Castro, former President Fidel Ramos, Supreme Court Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban and other personages for their help in making the successes of her administration possible.

She spoke about the Filipino workers in Lebanon, the first batch of whom safely returned home on Sunday.

She added that around 500 additional OFWs are set to arrive in Manila this week from the battle-torn country.

Work for the national good

Mrs. Arroyo challenged her critics to work with her for the good of the country, saying, "There must be a better way to do politics, so that those who lose elections do not make the country pay for their frustrated ambitions."

She said that "bickering in politics may delay but not derail the initiatives that need to be taken on the economy and our 10-point pro-poor, pro-growth and pro-peace agenda."

She also happily announced her administration’s having exceeded by billions the revenue collection targets, which she is able to match with fiscal savings of the same amount.

The money will be used, she said, for programs that push more reforms and solve the problems of social inequity and imbalances.

"We have achieved record revenue collections. And finally earned the respect of the international community as a serious and viable state for our fiscal discipline and billions of pesos in annual interest saving that are now going into necessary public investment," Mrs. Arroyo said.

Strong-willed CEO of Philippine Inc.

She also reported that her government has now money to stamp out terrorism, lawless violence and irregularity in the bureaucracy.

She explained that the reforms introduced by her finance managers have earned the country P1 billion from the US Millennium Challenge Account that would bring in more investigators, prosecutors and new technology to strengthen the government’s fight against corruption.

The image she projected was that of a strong-willed and competent CEO of Philippine Inc.

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