While thinking about the paper I am going to submit in Philippine Political Dynamics that will serve as our Final exam, I looked at my recent entries on the said subject, and I found this. I have this guts to share it with you since I believe on everything I’ve stated there, and I was really shocked upon receiving my grade on that paper because I rushed it since my friends and I needed to go somewhere and unwind that night.

There are several people who waited for the SONA and I was absolutely one of them. To tell you the truth, before I did not bother myself with the President’s speech but as I became aware of the realities in our country, I realized that hearing the President is one of the significant responsibilities of a Filipino because it will present you proofs if ever you are skeptical about the developments that are happening on the President’s regime.

Since there was no class when SONA was aired on the television, I got to watched it from the beginning up to the end. Honestly, I am not a supporter of PNoy because I do not see any reason for him to state these words “tuwid na daan”. We all know that he wanted to remove the corrupt officials to finally have this straight path towards development and all this time I thought that eradicating corrupt officials is the only thing he is giving focus on, until I watched his SONA and found out that he had made various advancements from what was left by Arroyo’s period, and that was the time I regretted myself for thinking that he could not be the best President our country could have. In my assessment, I agree with his points highlighted in the speech  like the issue in the South China Sea wherein we should not give up what is really ours. In my view, that statement is correct, since as a leader he should be seen as someone who fights for the country’s territorial integrity and strengthen the beliefs of hopeless people who easily gave up the fight to China and other involved countries. Another, I have the same opinion with PNoy when he said that we can forgive but we cannot forget on what Arroyo have done that caused turbulence in our country. What GMA have done were not just simple conflicts that could easily be solved, rather it affected the lives of Filipinos that made them stuck on poverty and even lose what supposedly theirs, so what I mean here is the “Kaban ng bayan” which was corrupted by Arroyo. I also applauded him for saying at the end of his speech “what was once impossible is now possible”, because there were several people who do not believe on the capabilities of PNoy even at the start of his regime, but as time progressed, he proved that he could make everything happen just with the cooperation of the people. Even me, I was surprised of the things he have enumerated though honestly I was little bit doubtful on the statistics that he showed because if I was him I will not make it very specific because the opponents could use that in the future to measure against him if ever he will not accomplish it on time or if there were things not done as he step down his presidency, but I have already put my trust with our president because if I will continue to find objectionable to his presidency then what if other people are thinking the same way too, it will  not help the country. What PNoy needs is our support to make the things he enumerated possible. I once lost hope for the country because of distrusting the capabilities of the government but watching the SONA made me become PNoy’s proponent. There are people saying that his SONA did not tackle about what the society is really facing, and that is poverty, but as I always believe, EVERYTHING SHOULD NOT BE BLAMED IN THE GOVERNMENT ALONE, because everyone has their own responsibilities on their own lives, and PNoy already showed what he have been doing for the country to be progressive again. He made it possible for the Philippines to rise again and it will illuminate more with unity of Filipinos towards a set of goals.—JspJ


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