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Ex-President Estrada, senators assess Aquino gov’t


Former President Joseph Estrada INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Hours before President Benigno Aquino III was to give his State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday, former President Joseph “Erap” Ejercito Estrada, Senators Jinggoy Estrada, Serge Osmena, Bongbong Marcos, Loren Legarda, Pia Cayetano, Bong Revilla and Panfilo Lacson arrived at the North Wing Lobby of the Batasan Complex and gave out their ratings and assessment of the Aquino administration.

They also voiced out their opinions on what they thought should be addressed by Aquino in his speech.

Erap Estrada said he expected Aquino to detail his achievements in terms of addressing economic growth and anti-corruption drives. Erap added that Aquino should focus on curbing extrajudicial killings, infrastructure programs, and addressing foreign relations.

Marcos said that “for the priorities they set for themselves, they seem to have achievements,” referring to Aquino’s social programs like the Conditional Cash Transfer programs and his anti-corruption drive.

Marcos added that Aquino needed to address problems of unemployment and poverty.

“Naghihintay pa rin ang taong bayan para patibayin ang ekonomiya para magkaroon ng trabaho sa Pilipinas. Ang tanging problema sa ekonomiya ay kakulangan ng trabaho,” Marcos said.

Senator Jingoy Estrada, for his part, said that he wanted to hear from Aquino if his promises during his past Sonas were fulfilled, and what were his priority bills for Congress.

Legarda, meanwhile, said that good governance was at the core but that there were problems in terms of job generation and putting food on the table.

“Kailangan makita kung paano ipapatupad ang tuwid ng daan. Kung papaano makakapagbigay ng trabaho, solusyon sa gutom, solusyon sa sakuna,” Legarda said.

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  • What, Me worry?

    “Naghihintay pa rin ang taong bayan para patibayin ang ekonomiya para magkaroon ng trabaho sa Pilipinas. Ang tanging problema sa ekonomiya ay kakulangan ng trabaho,” Marcos said.

    Ang sarap maging senator, pa-comment comment lang. Ang mga pork barrels ng mga ito ay Hindi naman talaga permanent solution sa problems, pang tapal lang Habang wala pang Nakikitang magandang solution. In short, mga senators natin pang tapal lang dahil wala rin silang makitang solution, kaya, pa comment comment nalang.

  • les21reago

    ERAP you were already GIVEN the SHOT of the PRESIDENCY..BUT what you DID?..You FAILED to even attend the LUNETA Flag raising ceremony to honoring RIZAL the National Hero because apparently you were DRUNK the night before..You were booted out in the Palace because of corruption and subsequently CONVICTED with PLUNDER…
    What is now your IMPACT advising the PNOY to do this and that?

  • Pork_Republik

    These politicians should instead grade their own productivity as a elected public servants. This is hilarious. 

  • rauloreto

    ang daming humahanga kay Loren, at ngayon nagsalita pa ng suliraning tunay namang kahit ang buong mundo ay hirap akuin.  Ano na ba ang nagawa niya sa adhikain niya sa kalikasan – kung ang simpleng pagpapatigil sa ginagawa ng SM wala siyang boses man lang ano pa ang aasahan ng mga pilipino sa kanya-inubos na ng SM ang mga puno wala pa ring narinig sa kanya.

  • mangtom

    Estrada wasted his time making comments. He was a total failure as a president. So his statements don’t count; they mean nothing, NADA. He should spend his time babysitting for his myriads of children and grandchildren. That is what he is good at. Public service? You have got to be kidding. Thanks, but no thanks. Grade: F.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_O63ZT5GZR5RHJUQIVBXWQGSGDA joy

    Mr. Marcos, I wonder how long it’s gonna take for you to resolve poverty issues if you become president of the nation…20 years? You and your dad may be different but I’m wondering why you joined politics after all the shame on your family. What’s next to being a senator…presidency? And yeah, probably solve issues here and there and then be like your dad? I’m just saying…

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