Kabataan Partylist Rep. Raymond ‘Mong’ Palatino today likened President Aquino’s SONA with the sound of “wangwang”, which the youth solon said embodies the empty rhetoric that mutes the “gut issues” confronting the people.
“President Aquino’s phrase “utak wangwang” in his SONA applies squarely in his speech. The gut issues of the people were evaded to give way to all his proud claims on the supposed achievements of the administration. No word was given on Hacienda Luisita and land reform; wage increase for our workers; regulation of oil and other prices of commodities; social services like health and education; Visiting Forces Agreement and foreign dominance; and concrete anti-corruption measures like the passage of Freedom of Information Act. I cannot help but perceive all his talk against “wangwang” as a stratagem to cover up the fundamental issues of the people,” Palatino said.
“President Aquino warned against repeating past mistakes as a hindrance to progress and development. But listening closely to his speech, he intends to merely follow the same-old policies of past administrations: Privatization in the form of Public-Private Partnership; Band-aid solutions to poverty and lack of social services in the form of Conditional Cash Transfers. How can we expect change if we remain in the circuit of past policies?” Palatino said.
“Even PNoy’s so-called battle against corruption sounded empty with his silence on Freedom of Information Act, the passage of which will concretely make transparent government transactions and activities,” Palatino said.
“PNoy also appears to have a penchant for exposing corruption cases. One year into his term, it is worth asking, however, why former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has yet to be persecuted? PNoy should do well to remember that action speaks louder than words,” Palatino said.