‘Thank you, my Bosses’

Aquino: People changing the culture of ‘wangwang’


President Aquino delivers his second State of the Nation Address at the Batasang Pambansa building in Quezon City on Monday, vowing to strengthen the government’s anticorruption drive to free up more resources and punish corrupt officials. EDWIN BACASMAS

President Benigno Aquino III on Monday reaffirmed his commitment to root out the “culture of wangwang” (abuse of power) in every nook of government and in society, and said the fight against graft was personal to him and should be to all Filipinos because they were victims of corruption.

In his second State of the Nation Address (Sona) since taking office last year, the only son of late democracy icon Cory Aquino thanked the people for helping him in his crusade for change, saying it is the Filipinos treading “the straight and righteous path” who have created the change.

At the end of his speech, Mr. Aquino thanked the Filipino nation, “my Bosses.”

Zeroing in on how public funds were squandered and citing one example, Mr. Aquino said the previous management of state-owned Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) had spent an incredible amount of P1 billion “on coffee alone.”

With unveiled sarcasm, he wondered who drank all that coffee and if they had been able to grab some sleep at all these past few years.

The President spoke in Filipino throughout his 53-minute speech before a joint session of Congress. He was interrupted by applause 45 times.

Mr. Aquino mentioned teachers, policemen, soldiers and simple taxi drivers as among the ordinary Filipinos who had joined him in walking “the straight and righteous path.”

“To the Filipino nation, my Bosses who have steered us toward this day: Thank you very much for the change that is now upon us. The Filipino people are, finally, truly alive,” Mr. Aquino said.

After ticking off what he said were his administration’s accomplishments, Mr. Aquino taunted his critics who had accused him of singling out former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and officials under her by filing plunder and other charges against them.

“Some of my critics say that I take this campaign against corruption personally. It’s true: Doing what’s right is personal. Making people accountable—whoever they may be—is personal,” he said.

“It should be personal for all of us, because we have all been victimized by corruption.”

Arroyos not around

Arroyo, now a Pampanga representative, and her two sons who are also members of the House of Representatives snubbed Monday’s session.

Mr. Aquino stressed: “What is wrong remains wrong, regardless of how long it has been allowed to persist. We cannot simply let it pass. If we ignore the crimes of the past, they will continue to haunt us. And if we do not hold people accountable, then they will do it again and again.”

The President said his campaign against abuse of power and official arrogance—symbolized by his shunning the use of sirens and blinkers on the road—had yielded rewards, such as improved business confidence in the Philippines’ future.

He asked Filipinos to do away with the culture of trying to unduly get ahead of others.

“You created a government that truly works for you. We still have five years left to ensure that we will not return to what once was. We will not be derailed, especially now that what we have begun has yielded so many positive results,” Mr. Aquino said.

“If you see a loophole in the system, do not take advantage of it. Let us not acquire through patronage what we can acquire through hard work. No more cheating, no more taking advantage of others, no more one-upmanship—because in the end we will all realize our shared aspirations.”

Wangwang remains

Unfortunately, he said, vestiges of the wangwang “mentality,” which have enabled people to take advantage of the system, remained. “It still exists in the private sector.”

Mr. Aquino said that, according to the Bureau of Internal Revenue, there are around 1.7 million self-employed and professional taxpayers—lawyers, doctors, businessmen—who paid only a total of P9.8 billion in 2010.

“This means that each of them paid only an average of P5,783 pesos—and if this is true, then they each must have earned only P8,500 a month, which is below the minimum wage. I find this hard to believe,” the President said.

“Today we can see that our taxes are going where they should, and therefore there is no reason not to pay the proper taxes. I say to you: It’s not just the government, but our fellow citizens, who are cheated out of the benefits that these taxes would have provided,” he added.

PNP choppers

Mr. Aquino said it was the wangwang attitude that made irregularities possible in the past administration. He mentioned the two helicopters that the Philippine National Police had bought supposedly as new, although they had been used repeatedly by Arroyo’s family.

“This was the attitude that allowed helicopters to be bought as if they were brand new, but had in fact already been extensively used,” he said.

Mr. Aquino added: “This was the attitude that allowed GOCC (government-owned and -controlled corporations) officials, like those in Philippine National Construction Corp., to pay themselves millions of pesos in bonuses, even as they failed to render decent service and plunged their respective agencies deeper into debt.”

He said his administration’s campaign against abuses represented by the wangwang had restored confidence in the Philippines and prompted an upgrading of the country’s credit ratings by Moody’s, Standard and Poor’s, Fitch and the Japan Credit Ratings Agency.


“Our efforts have yielded results. Just this year, the number of Filipinos who experienced hunger has come down,” he said.

He said the incidence of self-rated hunger fell from 20.5 percent in March to 15.1 percent this June—“equivalent to a million Filipino families who used to go hungry, but who now say they eat properly every day.”

“As for business, who would have thought that the stock market would reach seven record highs in the past year? At one time, we thought that for the PSE (Philippine Stock Exchange) Index to reach 4,000 points would be, at best, a fluke. We now routinely exceed this threshold,” the President said.

“Our innovative fiscal approach has saved taxpayers P23 billion in the first four months of this year. This is enough to cover the 2.3 million conditional cash transfer beneficiaries for the entire year,” Mr. Aquino said.

He said that in the nine and a half years of the Arroyo administration, the country’s credit ratings were upgraded just once and downgraded six times by the different credit ratings agencies.

“Compare this to the four upgrades we have achieved in the single year we have been in office,” he added.

Doing away with the wangwang culture has also revived the confidence of investors in the energy sector.

“One hundred forty companies, all ready to participate in the exploration and strengthening of our oil and natural gas resources, can attest to this,” he said.

He added: “There is confidence and there is hope. The government is now fulfilling its promises.”

P2.5 billion in savings

Discarding the wangwang attitude has also resulted in savings of more than P2.5 billion in the Department of Public Works and Highways after it stopped anomalous projects, he said. It also resulted in stopping the over-importation of rice.

“What was once an estimated yearly shortage of 1.3 million metric tons is down to 660,000—that’s almost half of the original amount. Even with our buffer of 200,000 metric tons as contingency against natural calamities, it is still significantly less than what was once the norm,” the President said.

Mr. Aquino also cited the Philippines being taken out of the US watch list of trafficking in persons.

“Perhaps, this is the ‘sea change’ that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was referring to… If we had not been removed from this watch list, the assistance we have been receiving from the Millennium Challenge Corporation would have been jeopardized,” he said.

Mr. Aquino indicated support for pending legislative bills on compensation for the victims of the martial law regime and improved wages and benefits to household helpers.

“Tomorrow we will deliver to Congress our budget proposal for 2012. I look forward once again to its early passage so that we can build on our current momentum,” he said.

Not once in his speech did the President refer to the demands by workers in his family’s Hacienda Luisita for a redistribution of the lands in the sprawling sugar estate. Notably, neither did he touch on the reproductive health bill.

Mr. Aquino thanked the Roman Catholic bishops and priests, specially Ricardo Cardinal Vidal and Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, who had been involved in talks with his administration to ease Church-State tensions.

He said the election of Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma as president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines “bolsters my confidence that the State and the clergy will be able to engage each other in a positive manner.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Baho-Puwet/100002602908058 Baho Puwet

    boy, your president is an ugly SOB. I hope that Europeans and Americans don’t think that all Filipinos are that ugly

    • http://twitter.com/MarLouWang Marlou Wang

      Hoy! Baho Puwet! Sus! sa pangalan pa lang nababahuan na ako sa iyo. Palawakin mo ang pag-iisip mo! Nakalabas ka na ba ng bansa? Mas respetado ang mga kababayan mo kahit sabihin pang exporter tayo ng domestic helpers. Masyado mo naman minamaliit ang sarili mo. Too much self-pity! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Baho-Puwet/100002602908058 Baho Puwet

    what is wrong remains wrong:
    – so pursue ERAP, Marcoses, Enrile’s ill gotten wealth along with GMA’s and Ramos;
    – didn’t they catch Aquino’s right hand man with his hand in the cookie jar? And Noy said his crooked friend just needs some mentoring – HAHAHAHAHA. what a joke

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L2CUVK7UBTUTKTGD35WSJHDCUE ernie

      they caught P-Noy’s right hand man ? where is the proof or tsismis lang ? get a life !

    • Anonymous

      yan picture mo at pangalan mo talagang bagay na bagay sa yo.. akala mo siguro nakakatawa ka at nakaka- attract ka. Mabuti nakaka tulog ka pa pag nakikita mo sarili mo. Kung ako ikaw mag suicide na lang ako sa baho ng itsura mo.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001852991728 Cant Escape

      You are right Baho (kahit di ko matiis ang amoy mo, pero may laman ang sinasabi mo hehehe).

      If Pnoy is really serious to punish the corrupts, do not choose. Punish them all. Walang kalaban at walang kakampi.

      Ang problema kasi, if Pnoy knows that person is against GMA, kakampi na agad nya. Kaya nahahalata na he’s only targetting GMA and her supporters.

  • Anonymous

    Nice words! The ghost writer must have been paid well!   Is he still in the campaign trail, by the way?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Baho-Puwet/100002602908058 Baho Puwet

    where’s the proof that his buddy Puno was corrupt too?
    ask him!

    Everyone has deniability even if all the evidence are there. Just look at Gloria and Marcos, Clinton – LoL
    Even Puno wanted to resign coz he knows he was unequivocally busted. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MXXX34GENWEVP6IWIELN2M2HPY Ed

    The Prsident spoke in “FILIPINO” throughout his 53-minute speach in a joint session by Congress. I don’t know of any Filipino  speaking in  ” FILIPINO.”  I know FILIPINOS speak in CEBUANO, WARAY, HILIGAYNON, TAGALOG, KAPAMPANGAN, ILOCANO, BICOLANO, IVATAN, PANGASENENSE, CHAVACANO but not
       ” FILIPINO ”    ha…. ha… ha….   

    • lucidlynx

      tawanan mo ang sarili mo. hindi mo ba alam Filipino is the official name to our national language. ang tagal na nito hanggang ngayon hindi mo pa alam? panahon pa ni Marcos naging Filipino ang tawag sa national language natin.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MXXX34GENWEVP6IWIELN2M2HPY Ed

        What did the writer meant by  writing:  The President spoke in “Filipino” throughout his 53-minute speach before a joint session of Congress. Is there such thing as speaking in “FILIPINO” ?  I know  for the fact that he can speak in the TAGALOG Language but not FILIPINO.. Fisrt time  I’ve read this.  Filipinos speaking in FILIPINO.  I know a lot of Filipinos speak in ILOCANO, BICOLANO, IVATAN, WARAY, HILIGAYNON, CEBUANO, or KAPAMPANGAN  but  definitely in FILIPINO…. ha.. ha.. ha… .

        FILIPINO kamo official national language = Then  what is the FILIPINO LANGUAGE?  paki sagot lang ..

      • http://www.facebook.com/ken.beltran Kenneth Beltran

        omg, your ignorance about Philippine culture amazes me. Yes we do speak Filipino, which encompasses all dialects. If you speak Bicolano, then you speak the Filipino language, same thing with the rest of the dialects you’ve mentioned. You mean it’s you’re first time to read this? It’s always been used this way, in journals, magazines, books etc, so as not to alienate our non-Tagalog speaking kababayans. So if it’s your first time to read this, I reckon you are not fond of reading.

        What is the Filipino language then? You don’t have to go that far. No less than the Constitution of the Philippines said “The national language of the Philippines is Filipino. As it evolves, it shall be further developed and enriched on the basis of existing Philippine and other languages.”

        I will not be surprised if you will say that you haven’t read the Constitution yet.

      • Anonymous

        mr beltran..im on your side pero just a correction i think tagalog is another dialect..iba sa Pilipino as a language. Thats what i learned in school. kung baga sa tagalog ang chair is upuan sa tagalog..sa Pilipino language..it is salong puwit.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MXXX34GENWEVP6IWIELN2M2HPY Ed

        Tawanan mu rin ang SARILI mo.. Ano ba sinulat mo TAGALOG or FILIPINO  language… ha ha ha ha

      • Anonymous

        yan tagalog ang pananalita ko isang nating dialect na karaniwang ginagamit sa maynila yan hindi yan Pilipino kasi ang Pilipino ay malalalim na mga salita na..kung baga sa China..katumbas niyan is Mandarin..hindi yan cantonese.  

      • Anonymous

        Ang tagalog ay ginagamit ng mga tiga bulakan, quezon at ito ay mas malalim sa Filipino.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MXXX34GENWEVP6IWIELN2M2HPY Ed

        Tanong:  What is the FILIPINO LANGUAGE?   alam mo ba?

      • Anonymous

        ikaw mag research niyan Ed bumalik ka sa eskwelahan para malaman mo.

      • Anonymous

        bumalik ka sa eskelwahan mo..siguro puro ak lakawatsa at puro kopya sa school kaya di mo alam. mag aral ka uli. tatalunin ka pa ng grade six niyan.

      • Anonymous

        Filipino is a register of the Tagalog language.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HUUTA5XRTF7IZFOOQOEENLDNHU Al

        Gawa-gawa lang ito ng mga tagalog na mambabatas! Isinulong nila ang tagalog na maging national language at tinagurian nilang Filipino. Kung eksaminin mo ang national language, wala namang naihalong ibang salita: bisaya, ilocano, kapampangan, pangasinense, ivatan, hiligaynon, cebuano at iba pang mga salita sa Pilipinas, kaya tama lang na tumawa si Ed!

      • Anonymous

        Ay sus..yan mga yan ay Philippine dialects not languages.Pilipino lang ang ating pambansang Language. Yan din ang ang tawag sa mamamayan sa Pilipinas. Ang Filipino is the English term for Pilipino..kasi sa ating panitikan walng letrang ” F”.

      • Anonymous

        Blame Manuel Quezon for the Tagalog dialect as the Filipino language….Sometimes I would wonder why the National Language Month of August is nothing but a joke….

        The true meaning is of the Buwan ng Wika is the promoting the language of your origin….It should not focus only on the one language…. There will always be unity in diversity….

        Good thing there is a proposed law that the medium of instruction for the first four levels in the primary school is the language of their origin…

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OA2OXMXDYBBX5G4MYASSGT4KSA eligio

        para sa kaalaman ng nakararami, ang salitang tagalog ay hango sa dalawang (2) salita na ang ibig sabihin ay Taga-Ilog. Mga taong nakatira malapit sa Ilog ng Pasig, pinag-isang salita at pinaikli sa salitang TAGALOG. 

      • Anonymous

        Ang paggamit mo ng mga salitang “eksamin, national” ay katibayan na hindi Tagalog ang ginagamit mong wika.  Filipino ang ginagamit mo.

      • Anonymous

        Ay nako..nung nasa elementary at high school ako..ang pangalan ng subject namin was Pilipino…hindi Filipino ewan ko lang nagyon. I dont think the department of education has changed it. o kaya baka wala ng ganyang subject ngayon. At si marcos na presidente non.

    • Anonymous

      Palibhasa kulang ang pag ka pilipino mo..kung baga the president spoke in our national language..hindi mga ibat ibang philippine dialects tulad ng mga binaggit mo. Kung nag aral ka sa Pilipinas sigurado akong meron ka naman subject na Pilipino ang tawag..hindi Ilocano..bicolano..bisaya. Kasi pang iba ibang regions yan hindi yan pang buong bansa. Ayan ang national Language natin kaya mabuti pa simulan mo ng respetohin ang ating sariling pananalita. Tama lang ang ginawa ng ating Presidente.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MXXX34GENWEVP6IWIELN2M2HPY Ed

        Mister jayauburn… bakit di ka muna mag search sa GOOGLE.. hanapin mo ang pagkakaiba nang Philippine Dialect sa Philippine Language bago ka  mag kumento … ha… ha.. ha…

      • Anonymous

        di na kailangan..tanga lang tulad mo ang gagawa niyan at..palibhasa puro google lang ang alam mong pag alaman ng kaalaman..dapat naiwan yan sa utak mo kung nag aral ka kahit konti man lang. baka high school di mo natapos kaya mo di alam yan.

      • Anonymous

        Filipino and English is the Philippines’ national language.

    • Anonymous

      You must be an ignoramus, then. Do yourself a favor and educate yourself.

    • Anonymous

      Filipino is our national language…mostly derived from Tagalog and some coined words from Spanish and American English…

    • Anonymous

      Filipino is the Philippine’s national language.  It is mostly derived from Tagalog.

    • Anonymous

      Filipino is our national language.  It is mostly derived from Tagalog.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Noel-Joseph-Machon/100000429775902 Noel Joseph Machon

    i am happy with the message by the president during his 2nd SONA. However, it would be better that everybody-all of us Filipinos must give him the full support and prayer. Lets give him the chance to accomplish and realize all his plans for our country. One year is not enough to criticize his performance including the cabinet secretaries. I would say; “Tapusin na ang bangayan. Lets move on and work as one team for a better Philippines. “Nakakapanghinayang ang mga pagkakataon kung atin itong palalampasin”. Ito yong tamang panahon ng pagbabago. So, I just wanted to share to my kababayans the statement made by William Penn and it says; “I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, Let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again”. Great statement! I hope everybody can make it. God Bless Philippines.

  • Anonymous

    Why stop on Arroyo administration? Let’s start from the Marcos regime (including current Senator Enrile)  and even the Cory Aquino’s administration where’s there’s also a lot corruptions that took place. 

    • Anonymous

      then why not start with manuel l. quezon? dito kay GMA sobra kasi ang pagiging traydor nito..talagang gustong ibenta buong pilipinas kung pwede para lang sa sarili..ano ka ba naman.. sobra ang pagka sakim ni gloria sobra pa kay marcos. At sa ibang presidente halos wala ka ng mababawi pa patay na si marcos..si gloria buhay pa kaya madami pang mababawi at madamipa siyang mga galamay na buhay na buhay na pwede pang magnakaw ng husto at mag abuso lalo na sa mga mahal nating pilipino..di ka na ba naawa sa kapwa mo? mag isip ka naman…

  • Anonymous

    President Noynoy… ipag patuloy mo lang ang mga plano mo sa bansa. Isa kang tunay na Pilipino. It’s really so good to have a leader like you.Please keep it up. I will keep on supporting you..respectfully, jayauburn

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MXXX34GENWEVP6IWIELN2M2HPY Ed

    What did the writer meant by  writing:  The President spoke in “Filipino” throughout his 53-minute speach before a joint session of Congress. Is there such thing as speaking in “FILIPINO” ?  I know  for the fact that he can speak in the TAGALOG Language but not FILIPINO.. Fisrt time  I’ve read this.  Filipinos speaking in FILIPINO.  I know a lot of Filipinos speak in ILOCANO, BICOLANO, IVATAN, WARAY, HILIGAYNON, CEBUANO, or KAPAMPANGAN  but  definitely in FILIPINO…. ha.. ha.. ha… .

  • Anonymous

    One of the best Sona speech delivered ever by the president that touch every heart of the Filipino people. Deliver with sincerity and courage which is a sign of a strong president. In his speech we see how the president encourage every Filipinos to share and care for the State so that the State can do care for the Filipinos in return, and that is what many think is what is meant the direction his administration is going which many political analyst failed to notice in their analysis. With sincerity to eradicate graft and corruption and malfeasance in the government base on justice there is no way this government will fail on their belief that they are on the way of doing good for our country.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5XCWZ5TPADBA7TVTGJEKUK26ZE Kamote Q

    si Gloria at ang mga tauhan nya lang ang kaya mo dahil wala na sa puder. kung talagang anti-corruption ka, i-prosecute mo ang mga kawatan mong mga kaalyado tulad ng mga enrile, estrada, cayetano, etc.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tyronne-Abdul-Goldstein/100002285524648 Tyronne Abdul-Goldstein

    si Aquino = quiet at simple sa kurakot & abuse ng power
    si Gloria = garapal sa kurakot
    si ERAP = walang kaluluwang magnakaw at sa wang-wang
    si Enrile = balimbing, kapal ng mukha at yumaman ng husto kay Marcos, ERAP, Gloria, at Aquino

    si Marcos = bayani ng mga Kurakista

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OA2OXMXDYBBX5G4MYASSGT4KSA eligio

      Yan ang mga bigating TRAPOS (Philippines TRADITIONAL POLITICIANS of All Time)….kulang pa nga yan….

  • http://twitter.com/Umbokpitaw Dodoy Talledo

    Mabuhay si GMA na isahan niya ang Pinoy for 6 years..Ha..ha..ha.. Small but Terrible…Magulang talaga.

    • Anonymous

      iba talaga ang utak ng mga Kurap..natutuwa pa at pinagmamalaki pa..di ka na ba nahiya niyan. siguro ang lakas mong mangurakot .

  • Anonymous

    ang dating sa akin ni Noy2x on his SONA…  “Maghintay kayo kung may gagawin ako!” unlike the other president’s SONA format in the past na  more on what to expect  ito naman kabaligtaran… its like “BULAGA!” gulat kayo no? may bagong bomba na naman akong pinasabog kalimutan nyo na anong plano ko makinig nalang kayo sa tsismis ko! hehehe
      @yayauburn –  in Visayas and Mindanao 8/10 atleast understand english compare to tagalog. The reason is yung tagalog esti FILIPINO is only thought 1 subject in classes sa Primary and High School compare sa english.  Common dialict from visayas and mindanao is variation of different bisayan dialict   maybe the audience is intended for “Manila” only since tagalog ang dialict.  Ask Cebuano’s to talk in tagalog you will be suprised mabubulol sila  and it’s opposite pag nag english mas fluent ang english nila.

    Pinag mamayabang pa niya ang pabahay para sa mga sundalo at ka-polisan hindi ba they applauded on the wrong tree. Ang pondo at project was approved under GMA it was built during GMA and on-going after she left and then iba nakinabang at umako.. How nice of our MR. PRESIDENT same happen sa National Road in Visayas built during GMA’s time but after matapos ang mukhang nakalagay you will be suprised kay Noy2x. Di ba nya alam to? sino ba lolokohin nya.. to be proud of acquiring post WW II era warship is something else. Yes atleast may gagamitin tayo but its like what he mistakenly says “balsa” yan yung katumbas ng navy boat nayan “balsa” nothing else it’s not for external treat but rather to patrol our coast.

    Anyway I hope We could acquire more modern ships equipt with more modern and advance hardware na di na obsolete sa panahong ito for that I will support the president ang atin ay atin talaga alangan naman angkinin nila lahat-lahat ang west coast natin.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TAUKBEGETQRNYFFOLMGSVEFCCI Noron Jamel

      Hoy Pedro ikaw nga kaya magpresidente at nang mapatakbo ng maayos Pilipinas right after the illegitimate na Gloria Makapal Arroyo, tingnan din natin pag di ka mapanot sa loob lang ng 1 buwan!!!! Ito hirap sa mga Pilipino, utak TALANGKA TALAGA, puro putak, puro mali nakikita, puro pintas, EH AYAW NIO NAMANG PUMUNTA NG CHINA AT NANG MAKATIKIM KA NG FIRING SQUAD!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G4DVB6YNWCO2YIMIA5SP4ZAAWQ aidan

    The President’s speech is good enough. But let us not forget that his audience were the same one’s who applauded 9 year SONA of GMA. They were the same politicians who cling to their benefactors in exchange of vested interests. Now when Pnoy mentions corruption they smile as if they were not part of it before.
    May GOD continue to bless the Philippines. 

  • Anonymous

    Hamilton Class Cutter na binili ng Pilipinas is USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715) based on wkipedia this was launched December 1965 and was commisioned March 1967 and was decommisioned March 2011 by US Coast Guard…moderno na yan para sa atin….

  • Anonymous

    Arroyo corruption and many more……

    1. NBN ZTE Scandal

    2. Millions of bribe money to Congressmen and Governors (October 2007)

    3. Cheating in 2004 Elections (Hello Garci)

    4. Joc Joc Bolante Case (Fertilizer Scam, P728 Million)

    5. Jose Pidal Bank Account (Unexplained Wealth, P200 Million)
    6. Nani Perez Power Plant Deal ($2 Million)

    7. Use of Road User’s Tax for Campaigning

    8. Billion Peso Macapagal Boulevard (Overprice of P532 Million)

    9. Juetengate? (Illegal Numbers game kickbacks)

    10. Extra Judicial Killings
    11. Arroyo Moneys in Germany (Exposed by Senator Cayetano)
    12. General Garcia and Other Military Men

    13. Billion Peso Poll Automation contract to(Mega Pacific) (P1.3 Billion)

    14. Northrail Project($503 Million)

    15. Maguindanao Results of 2007 Elections (Zubiri, Bedol)

    16. NAIA-3

    17. Venable Contract (Norberto Gonzales)

    18. Swine Scam (Exposed by? Atty. Harry Roque
    19. GLORIA Arroyo son hidden assets in united states
    22.the C-5 road controversy — Senator Manuel Villar
    23.P550-million worth of funds from the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA).
    24 P780-million LWUA funds-Prospero Pichay
    25 Bishop’s SUV-Gloria Pandak Birthday gift
    26 Arroyo linked in P325M lotto intelligence fund
    27 Arroyo got P200M in kickbacks from govt projects-Zaldy Ampatuan
    28.P200.41 billion or $4.6 billion in Malampaya royalties from 2002 to May this year.

    30. 600,000 metric tons of Rotten rice imported from India.Kishore Hemlani, an Indian trader allegedly close to Arroyo, reportedly bagged the P9.5 billion contract for the rice importation.

    • Anonymous

      I think you can add the PAGCOR coffee scam of P 1B….it will take a lifetime to solve these cases…Arroyo may bring the dark secrets to her grave before all these so-called anomalies would have their closure….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2BCV2YTRFVA3YOVMAN2A4RFHBM markx

    You are very welcome Mr. President!
    I expect for a more radical improvements in your next SONA!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rmdmagalong Mon Magalong

    wangwangs still exist. some were in e. rodriguez the other day. 

    • Anonymous

      He didn’t say it’s gone already.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2SWD2TVNX5354ZVMAOMARAD5HY Pakurhalla

    Akala ko may sasabihin siya tungkol sa HACIENDA LUISITA at yung ILLEGAL COLLECTION ng TOLL FEES pa exit ng SCTEX papunta ng HACIENDA LUISITA. Bakit kaya di binaggit sina Imelda, Imee, Irene, at BONBON MARCOSES?? Hmm. Si LAARNI ENRIQUEZ na KABITZ ni ERAP, may half billion pesos acct yun sa bangko. San kaya galing yun??? At si Senator “THE FUGITIVE” LACSON, ano na kaya ang lagay ng PEKE niyang dokumento pabalik dito sa PINAS???Calling Kim Henares and the new OMBUDSMAN.

  • Anonymous

    I am satisfied by PNoy’s speech. Corruptions is the cancer of the society and I believe if a portion of it is eradicated in his term, then we have a future of governance with integrity and should corruption becomes predictable. Government agency like BIR, Custom should act on this and not the president itself. I am just sadden because he did not emphasize his economic plans which should have greater part in his speech or I am just used to speeches of FVR and GMA that they are more to economy over other things. Especially FVR, he is my idol in terms of economic reforms. In general, as a rookie (isang taon pa lang kasi), he delivered it very well. I am just hoping that as he devote himself to corruption so as those in his roosters of cabinet members, national officials and as well in the local level.

    As IT professional, I think the government should upgrade also in terms of technology. Mukhang napag iiwanan na kasi ng gobyerno natin in terms of automation process. These are just small things kung titingnan but this could be something or have impact to investors.

    Long live Filipinos!!!

  • Anonymous

    No matter how Pnoy denies singling-out the past Administration, his body languages and actions speaks differently.  He’s trying to hide his vindictive ways and actions in this SONA – but all the more, specially his cabinets are in chorus of crucifying the past administration in the media. If they have evidence to pin down all those crooks, why can’t they simply have these filed in the proper court for closure?

    Pnoy’s sudden turnaround with the bishops, thanking him in the SONA is a show of a “balimbing” trait.  No balls. It’s a sign of weakness, who is trying to make-up or correct after all the damage they had done to the bishops or the CBCP as whole after calling them “Pajero 7″.  Notable of his cowardice is the no mention of the RH Bill in this SONA, which, a few months ago been very vocal in the media and taunted the church to ex-communicate him.

  • Anonymous

    President SONA was quite good… First thing to do comes from within. The important thing is you know how to respect yourself to be respected by others. Criticisms are always there to serve as challenge of the weaknesses the administration have, but everyone don’t forget to do your duty. Wag lang criticize ng criticize na parang kaya mo yon pag ikaw yon!    

  • http://twitter.com/ahmalemar ahmal emar

    So many want more from the President’s SONA as issues like RH Bill, PPP, FOI Bill, etc; were not mentioned. Even about OFWs who contributed much to nation’s economy was also never heared of.

    But I think, Pnoy speech dwelt on the most vital issues which will lead to the ‘transformation’ of Filipino mindset… and hope that will uproot the real problem our country is facing. Yes, we must first draw the line between right and wrong, as this line was diminished by culture of corruption that existed too long in our society that it already became a norm. It became worst already that those who try to be straight, only end up persecuted by the corrupt system.

    We have to end this culture of corruption at once!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ronald-Reygan/100002013680510 Ronald Reygan

    Sa tingin ko.. walang ma e presenta si PNOY sa SONA pagdating sa econmic programs? bakit…. plantsado na lahat yan panahon ni GMA pa yan .. ibig sabihin may nagawa si GMA ayaw lang emention ni PNOY dahil sa Pride nyan…. wala ng maisip na magandang progma ang administration ngayon kasi andyan na yan lahat sa panahon ni GMA… hahaha… ang ginawa lang ni Pinoy nagwawalis na lang sa dumi kunwari na mga corrupt.. tama mag walis ka para meron kang trabaho. yung pantawid gutom kanino ba yan na programa? hahaha mahiya kayo.. sabihin nyo nga programa nyo ngayon ano… wala dahil andyan na. pabahay sa mga sundalo at polis? sobra sobra pa yan binigay ni GMA at noli noon ah… ang mahirap ngayon tinipid nyo ang mga kababayan … nagyon nagpasa kayo nga malaking budget.. saan na ba ang tinipid nyo? bakit nag incrase kayo? meron naman palang svings… hahahah.

    • http://twitter.com/bol_pen bol_pen

      sa tingin mo lang pero di mo naman kasi tinitingnan ng mabuti. mas mainam na magbasa ka muna bago mo i-prisinta mga haka-haka mo. mas mahiya ka sa sarili mo kasi komento ka ng komento, wala ka namang naiambag pa na mabuti para sa sarili mo at sa bayan.

    • lucidlynx

      ang pagtanggal ng corrupt sa gobiyerno as isang bagay na hindi ginawa ni GMA. eto ang pinaka-importante bago ang lahat. kahit may mainam ka na economic program kung ang binibiyayaan naman ay ilang lang eh walang kwenta pa rin. kaya ang sabi ni pnoy, “mamuhunan tayo sa mamamayan”. ang mamamayan na karamihan ay mahirap dapat bigyan ng sapat na shelter, health services, pagkain, at trabaho. kapag ang mamamayan ay nabigyan nito, magiging productive members sila ng society. hindi sila magiging pabigat sa gobiyerno at kapwa-tao.

      kung ang pondo para dito ay ninakaw ng ilan, hindi magagawa ito. ganyan lang naman kasimple ang programa. ang hirap naman sa iba, ayaw intindihin ang programa. kung ano-ano pa ang hinihingi.

  • http://twitter.com/bol_pen bol_pen

    this is a matter of naivete or ignorance. hindi ka naman nagbibigay ng panahon para pag-aralan ang wikang Filipino o malamang isa ka sa nakiusap na lang sa FIlipino teacher mo.

  • http://twitter.com/bol_pen bol_pen

    and that Europeans and Americans will never talk or recognize you as a human being because if you can sneer at your own president, then you can do to their leaders whom they respect that much. Respect begets respect. Unless you have sold your identity as a SLAVE, an ass-licker to these foreigners!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ian-Tumulak/1542761196 Ian Tumulak

    I hadn’t watch SONA but this article summarized everything. His SONA is personal to me— I don’t really mind. It just show that he is serious in fighting corruption. Corruption is still here but no longer rampant, that’s an improvement as economy is fast growing.

    I know GMA has done GREAT things, so does BAD things. And it is something Aquino cannot ignore.

    The only thing I can comment on his SONA is that he forgot or do away in reminding PATRIOTISM. Since, some Filipinos had long forgotten of what they are and their role to the society. It is time for them to remember.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H27QVUBMP6KCZOXQW33RP2KOGU Plazans

    I have to admit PNoy is a very persuasive and charismatic leader. He has convinced ‘all’ of his political allies that he is not playing the “blame game” with the previous administration. Hey, that’s not easy to do. Now, if he can be just as convincing with his women, we’ll be in business.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Manol-Sala/625642755 Manol Sala

    go Pinoy! Go Philippines for a better future!

  • Tapic Jeffrey

    Tama lang ung speech ni Pnoy,  dismayado ang mga militante kac hindi fit ang rally nila sa SONA ni Pnoy, nagmumukha clang TANGA! …Bago mo gawin ang matuwid na daan, dapat mo munang ayosin ang systema, at yan ang nasimulan ni Pnoy.

    …D’yan magaling ang mga kurap na official ng gobyerno sa mga programa nila, dahil dyan cla magkakapera, frontline lang yang programa nila pra mapuslit nila ang pera ng gobyerno, ang lalaki ng budget pero sa katapusan utang parin ang kalalabasan,  MAHIYA KAYO OYYYY!

  • http://profiles.google.com/apnoyabnormal apnoy abnormal

    there’s is absolutely nothing to analyze in the SONA.  no more goose bumps ika nga… wala ng excitement…ayun may savings pero hindi naman cost savings yun kundi cost avoidance.  para lang masabi na hindi waldas (kuno)…pero anong epekto nito? tsk tsk tsk… only kapamilya loves apnoy dahil may kinikilingan sila, may pinoprotektahan, may kasinungalingan, at hindi totoon serbisyo ang hangad….isa isahin nyo ang mga taong at kumpanyang nakapaligid sa administrasyon…at kayo na humusga. 

    kung yellow-blooded-ab-normal type ang dugo mo, iwasan mo magbasa ng comment na magpapaiyak sa yo at basahin mo lang lahat ng praises sa boss mo.. este.. sa tagasilbi mong si apnoy normal…dahil ikaw ang boss nya diva?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001852991728 Cant Escape

    Why he did not address the issues that his critics are throwing at him? That will give the people the presumption that he cannot defend his stand on those issues.

  • Anonymous

    @Noron Jamel  – ako? nakailang balik na ako ng  China for client meetings di naman ako na firing squad nag five star hotel pa nga ako doon nakailang balik na ako sa london, dubai, cannes, US and canada di naman ako na firing squad.  Hindi iyon pag pintas  but it’s like encouragement  that he need to do more wag lang yong focus ng focus sa corruption kahit magbilang kapa ng 20 years di yan basta-basta ma solusyonan… KEEP DREAMING!!!  Magpustaan pa tayo ng tig pipiso di yan masusugpo even next term ng future president  it’s a good start but it’s not good excuse na ma stagnant ang economy natin..  Hihintayin pa ba nating mas marami pang umalis na mga investors or sayang na mga oppurtunity sa ngayon lalo na lumalakas ang economy ng asia?  dahil walang plataforma na inisusulong ang gobyerno… Corruption is not a big impact sa economy check mo yung model ng ibang bansang mas corrupt like indonesia, malaysia, china, india mas marami pang mas corrupt kaysa sa atin but progressive nation parin.. Sometimes you need maintenance that’s the time you need to clean itong corruption but it should be sideline it’s a risky initiative ng government na house cleaning kono.. Why not focus on priority bill related to economy and sideline mo yung build infrastructures to keep our economy rolling.. ano ba ibig sabihin nya sa tuwid na daan.. paano mo matututiwid ang daan mo if ang mga FILIPINO you keep feeding them with allegation rather solution… ipakulong kung sino ipakulong at patakbuhin nya na ang makinarya nya papuntang daang matuwid as he promises… Don’t wait for another year na magutum ang mga kababayan nya sa pampatawid gutum program nya.. it’s not a solution and it’s a waste of money sa mga tax payers.

    • Anonymous

      T A N G A! wala ngang mag-tiwala sa atin na mag-invest dahil nga sa red tape sa bayan natin!

      So you’re implying na okay lang naman pala ang magnakaw dahil ginagawa rin ng iba, eh U L O L ka pala talaga! kung wala kang tiwala sa gobyerno at sa bayan mo, S H U T  UP!

      Wag mo rin sabihin na stagnant ang economy, good start ang house cleaning ni PNOY towards better economy. Plano ka nga ng plano sa mga projects, kalahati naman ang mawawala. Naintindihan mo ba? NAKATAGAL KA NGA SA ALMOST 10 YEARS NI GMA, NAGHAHANAP KA NA AGAD KE PNOY. Aba kabayan, wag naman ganyan!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TNVY5PMFNA4CJKSOSZLILVZ45U marilou

        Advise lang wag tayo magmura at magiging kapareho natin ang mga pro-GMA. Konting finesse kahit kakagigil ang kamangmangan ng ilan.

      • Anonymous

        sensya na po, mejo emotional lang… hehehe…

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TNVY5PMFNA4CJKSOSZLILVZ45U marilou

        Okay lang po. Nakakainis naman talaga kaya lang bayaran o manhid ang mga iyan kaya wag masyadong patulan.

      • Anonymous

        himmm marilou no offense lang magkano ba ang sweldo mo sa isang buwan? x 2 years mo po baka aabot ng isang buwan ko na sa sweldo ko buwan-buwan dito…  wag mong akalain puwera di sumasang-ayon sa takbo ng ulo ng pangulo mo meaning bayaran, pro-gma at etc…

        ako po ay ofw at may businesses din diyan sa pinas kaya may karapatan akong mag reklamo kung ano nakikita ko at makokompara ko rin sa ibang bansa kc may mataas akong pinag-aralan at di sarado ang utak ko.. at hindi rin po ako utak talangka o ulo  pinoy0612

        baka combined nyo sweldo nyong dalawa ng dalawang taon aabot sa isang buwan na sisisweldo-in ko dito…

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TNVY5PMFNA4CJKSOSZLILVZ45U marilou

        So mas malaki ang sueldo mo mas may karapatan ka magreklamo. Saludo ako sa mga OFW pero hindi sa walang alam sa tunay na ginagawa ng gobyerno niya. Mas mataas ang sueldo mo mas matalino ka na? Pera pera lang talaga no? At least ako andito sa bayan ko di ko kailangan mag-abroad at tapos magyabang na mas mataas ang sueldo ko.

      • Anonymous

        ey diyan ko narining sa  message mo yung words na bayaran ni GMA gusto ko lang po itama ang mga pinagsasabi mo.. kung manglait ka ng tao para kang walang grado nilalagay lang kita sa puwesto mo…  I work diyan sa pilipinas for 4 years at paminsan-minsan umuuwi ako ng tag-iilang linggo para kumustain ang negosyo ko kaya alam ko anong sitwasyon diyan alam kung anong klase meron ang gobyerno natin… but its frustrating kahit di man natin aminin hindi pa solusyon ang uuwi at magtrabaho diyan…

      • Anonymous

        wag mo na patulan, mukhang pera lang yan. gaya ng amo nyang si gma na walang ibang nasa isip kundi pera.

        kapal din na magsabi tungkol sa sweldo niya, eh di naman niya rin talaga tayo kilala… sabi ko sa yo… T A N G A nga talaga… bwahahaha…

      • http://twitter.com/ahmalemar ahmal emar

        @ Pedro Penduco: Dahan-dahan lang kabayan…
        Huwag mo namang sukatin ang tao sa sweldo o pera… Hindi makadala ang pera sa iyo sa langit. Maraming mahalagang bagay sa buhay na hindi mabili ng pera. Madalas ang maraming pera ay nagdudulot pa nga ng problema sa ‘yo.

        Gather your treasures in heaven, not on earth. Dahil ang yaman sa mundo ay temporal lang. Kakalawangin lang yan, o kainin ng daga, o kaya nakawin lamang.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YUHJSA5UYR7FZYBAYX5MH3N2FE h0t5p0t

        @Pedro, ang taas naman pala ng suweldo mo, pa- starbucks ka naman. 12 years akong OFW sa middle east at ngayon andito ako sa makati nagwo-work. Nagrereklamo ako s alaki ng tax na binabawas sa akin pero ang kelangan kong gawin ngayon ay tulungan ang gobiyerno natin para maingat ang pamumuhay ng sambayanang Pilipino. Tulad ng ginawa ng South Koreans noong araw na nagtulungan sila para umangat ang kanilang pamumuhay. Hindi sila ngumalngal sa knilang gobiyerno bagkus tinulungan nila ito. Alam mo ba iyon?

      • http://twitter.com/ahmalemar ahmal emar

        Tama ka h0t5p0t.  Noong 1982 na nagtatrabaho ako sa consulting firm sa KSA nagkausap kami ng isang Proj Manager na Koreano tungkol sa politics sa Korea. Opposition palang si Kim Dae Jung noon. Habang sa atin, si Ninoy ang kaparehas. Sinabi ng Koreano noon na they don’t really mind about politics in their country and all they are concerned of is how to earn money and good reputation because those are the best of things they could give back to Korea.

        I was amazed how pragmatic they are in nation building. After a decade, I saw the difference…

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OA2OXMXDYBBX5G4MYASSGT4KSA eligio

        @hot5pot:twitter  – agree ako sa yo bro, tulungan natin ang ating gobyerno, ang ating bansa at ang ating kapwa mamamayang Pilipino sa abot ng ating makakaya upang ito ay umasenso at maiangat ang antas ng pamumuhay…galit ako sa mga taong puro dakdak, puro reklamo sa gobyerno, panay protesta at demonstrasyon sa kalsada. Me naitulong na ba kayo? Me naimbag na ba kayo?………. Para sa mga OFW na mareklamo at mapaghanap ng kapalit sa kaunting remittances na pinapadala, mas makabubuti pang manatili na lang kayo sa bansang inyong pinaglilingkuran….. 

      • Anonymous

        @eligio – well said.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OHOD5EA75DBBUH53UKLRXRK764 Mang Teban

    Fine speech, Mr. President.
    Good news about savings in government expenditures due to diligent auditing, about upgrading naval & territorial border security by acquiring a patrol frigate and a host of helicopters, about appointing a new Ombudsman hopefully much more independent-minded than the previous one, about submitting 2012 budget (though you were in a hurry to finish your speech and you did not give us even the salient highlights of next year’s budget), and funny references to your favorite metaphor “wang-wang”.

    Now, there were lacking aspects of governance that you probably omitted purposely or overlooked:

    1) Supervision of local government units was awfully missed. Where can we find in your speech that you would not tolerate the findings that the LDF has been methodically abused by LGU executives? As the Chief Executive, you are supposed to be in control over excesses of LGUs. What can you say about this your DILG Sec. Robredo reported billions of pesos unaccounted for? You probably should have been informed that no matter how many health cards to distribute, there is sorely lacking in public hospitals the presence of competent physicians, adequate supplies and equipment for treatment of diseases and first-aid cases, and, worst of all, nothing about healthcare for infants and expecting mothers. The root cause of a troubling rise in infant and maternal deaths in the Philippines is scarce resources in public hospitals that many are turned away or are left with no choice but to go to unskilled health care workers. Nothing for prenatal, delivery, and postnatal services. The RH bill does not address this but rather uses the startling statistics on infant and maternal mortality for justifying stopping pregnancies through contraceptives and condoms. But, even if there are only a few indigent mothers and helpless babies born, the mortality rates will still be high if there are no resources urgently needed.

    2) Job situation in the country. There is a difference between what you reported as jobs created with net take home pay. How much is the average income of a non-fixed income worker? The situation is getting worse as more and more get underpaid or are under-employed since the income they get is not enough to feed a family. So, jobs or livelihood opportunities should be supported by a conscious effort to allow for some subsidies such as proportional reduction of tax withheld if income falls short to the ideal monthly income. At least the BIR had brought up the subject of professionals paying less and less taxes. Perhaps it is true but perhaps also the tax table is unfair and amount owed to government is not commensurate to the value of services and benefits these taxpayers get. Under-employment figures and data should be isolated in defining what the job situation is now.

    3) Peace talks with rebels. What exactly is your policy or stand with rebel groups or armed groups fighting our country in time of peace? Are we at war with a foreign country or foreign entity? Why do we bother going to peace talks when the rebels are simply prolonging a “war” that does not exist? What “war” can we call for these groups ambushing our legit soldiers in uniform with inadequate gear to defend themselves and go on engaging in criminal activities- KFR, drug pushing, etc?

    4) Foreign policy in other countries. it was good that you mentioned about your resolve to protect our territorial borders. But, how about our relationships with Mideast countries, European countries, and others where our Filipino overseas workers go to? Surely, the diplomats present yesterday at your SONA were disappointed that you had not taken note of their countries’ importance to the Philippines.

    These are what I think would have really , really made it as a complete report by you, Mr. President. You need to be comprehensive on this once-a-year speech of yours. Somehow, you blew the chance to show a definite position on what you really want the country to do and where you think it should be heading.

  • Anonymous

    @Mr. President in your SONA you’ve mention that maraming di nagbabbayad ng tamang buwis, You’ve told us to pay correct taxes but the tax payers are yet to ask you same thing kung ano ang pinag-gagawa mo sa tax na binabayad namin.

    You’re wasting our taxes on programs na di na naman kami ang nag bebenifit like “Pangtawid Gutom Program”, “Pabahay” at kung ano-ano pa but nakalimutan mo ang mga kababayan natin ginagatasan mo sources of fund in a form of e-vat and taxes. Just how many percentage ng mga populasyon nag binibiyaan mo ng grasya na nagbababayad ng buwis? We are not asking you to include us sa mga programa mo but in exchange help us atleast improve our daily lives simple lang po like  improve the government services nasubukan nyo na po bang atleast mag process ng papers kung anong inconvenience na nagagawa nito sa mga kababayan natin? I think start from here, we want to see more improvements sa kalsada at mga magagandang proyekto ng nagdaang administrasyon na atleast di pabayaan.. We built but forget how to maintened po iyon makailang proyekto na po na ganito ng ganito… May DPWH tayo but itong mga taong to gawa-lang-ng-gawa kulang sa mga maintenance ang mga ginagawa nila kaya di umaabot sa estimated life ng proyekto, PhilHealth ito ay magandang nasimulan ng nakaraang administrasyon at dapat punduhan ng kasalukuyang administrayon.

    As OFW and Businessman din dito I agree on mga kababayan nating di nagbabayad ng tamang buwis  di rin naman din tayo ang nakikinabang kasi puros lang pasikat ang ginagawa ng ating gobyerno ang thema palagi ay PRO POOR saan ka po maghahanap ng bansa na for decade even before marcos ang lahat sinisigaw PRO POOR….. If you need to encourage tax payers you must also appreciate of what they contribute to our nation by providing what they deserved. Dito po sa host country ko kahit almost 20% ang tax ko dito I’m very happy of what I’m been paying for kasi nga naman nakikita mo ang binabayaran mo good education, security, good tax system, good government services at may pabunos pa affordable housing and maraming pa utang program like sasakyan intended to improve our daily lives.

    • Anonymous

      Paying correct taxes is everyone’s obligation. Anyway, pro-poor programs may prove cheaper for the whole society. What the taxes provide you include your security as provided by the police, military, etc. Same goes for the societal systems that the government provide. I pay my taxes and those who don’t pay should be ashamed of their actions. Especially for those who think of themselves as ethically upright, there is just no excuse from not paying correct taxes.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H27QVUBMP6KCZOXQW33RP2KOGU Plazans

    I watched PNoy’s SONA-2 with amazement. Most of the great honchos in Philippine politics were all there. Erap, Ramos, Imelda, Enrile, just to name a few. I have never seen so much ‘plastic’ grouped together in one setting since my last visit to the neighborhood recycling center. I’d bet there are more believable characters in the TV sit-com ‘The Young and the Restless’ than watching horde of pinoy politicians rubbing shoulders.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DKP4ZHS6WXBR3MBM6YWIWAUQSI Conde De guelle

    1 B for coffee over past several years.
    1 B over the 10-year administration of GMA is 100M per year. At  P100 per cup, the coffee consumption is 1M cups per year or 3,333 cups per day. Assuming that PCSO has 3000 employees, each employee enjoys only one cup per day.

  • Anonymous

    Dapat magtulungan lahat. Ang pagbabago ay hindi lamang nasalalay sa
    Pangulo o sa gobyerno, kundi sa lahat

  • Anonymous

    PNoy is heading to the right path to combat corruption. Next stop, try
    overhauling the judicial system – this might take time, just as like this
    battle against corruption, but – traversing the Aquino administration’s route
    of “matuwid na daan” is the only leeway for real, factual, not a form of
    props-type progress.

  • Anonymous

    And yet another strong will and move from the president in fighting
    against corruption. May the new ombudsman use the rule of law to help the
    administration in punishing each government officials/violators to the nation.  

  • Anonymous

    In his one year, napababa ni PNoy ang unemployment and poverty. One year
    pa lang iyan ha. He has five years left, so maraming pa tayong maasahan sa

  • Anonymous

    Thumbs up tayo sa one year ni PNoy. At least my directions ang kanyang

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5BLJIWZ5FQSNTOVCJMDDWQJNI4 Archangel

    Sana nga ang MASA ang boss ni Presidente…Filipino massess deserved good governance and good services in return we must do our share…ok lang ang mga pagbatikos kung may katotohan… then salaminin din natin baka yung munti nating maiaambag ay malaking tulong para matugunan ang maraming suliranin ng ating bansa….Mabuhay po ang sambayanang Pilipino!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Mana si Jun-Jun Binay
    sa tatay niya. Maliit, maitim, matapang at mahilig sa babae.

  • Anonymous

    KSP (kulang sa pansin) talaga si Arroyo. Tingin ko gusto lang niyang
    makasingit sa eksena kaya nagkunwaring may sakit at nagpasugod sa hospital.
    Lumang gimik na ‘yan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TNVY5PMFNA4CJKSOSZLILVZ45U marilou

    Alam mo Mr. President, I wish you’d not reiterate that line of yours that [kami] ang boss [mo] kasi naaabuso sa totoo lang. Alam mo naman ang ibang Pinoy masyadong literal ang pagkaintindi sa mga bagay-bagay. Tingnan mo pag me aberya kahit di ikaw ang may sala ikaw ang sinisisi. E yung ibang tinatawag mong boss kasing -ugali ni Ana Manalastas. Si Pueblos nga gusto kang pagresign-in e o di ba mala-Ana Manalastas nga.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TNVY5PMFNA4CJKSOSZLILVZ45U marilou

    I especially liked his line ” Personal sa akin ang paggawa ng tama” . Ganda ilagay sa teeshirt.

  • Anonymous

    Akala ba ni Jun-Jun
    Binay na gwapo siya? Humarap nga siya sa salamin para magising sa bangungot

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TNVY5PMFNA4CJKSOSZLILVZ45U marilou

    I have been hopping from one forum to another and I could say that most bloggers actually support or have positive things to say to P-Noy. Ang media lang naman ang sobrang nega. Lalo na yang DZMM anchors-Vic de Leon-Lima at si Anthony Taberna. Ewan ko ba tingin ko abusado na ang ilang media. Kay GMA di naman sila ganyan.

    • http://twitter.com/ahmalemar ahmal emar

      To marilou: Yang mga nega ay kaugalian na nila yan. Pagbinigyan mo yan ng silver, hahanap ng gold; pag inabot mo ang gold, hahanap ng diamond; pag may diamond, hahanap ng bato sa langit: at kung ano-ano pa… Ay naku, mga sira ulo yan. Walang magawa kundi mghanap ng PANGET sa Pilipinas… Nasisira tuloy ang bayan natin sa mga tao na ganito…. Mga b w s i t !!!

  • Anonymous

    Makalipas ang isdang, sinabi ni Binay na may pagbabago raw sa gobyerno.
    Meron nga, siya lang naman ang hindi nagbabago, negro pa rin. Hehehe!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TNVY5PMFNA4CJKSOSZLILVZ45U marilou

      Medyo racist po.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TNVY5PMFNA4CJKSOSZLILVZ45U marilou

    Isa pa: Salamat P-Noy at kahit Atenista ka ay itinatanyag mo pa rin ang wikang Filipino. Nakatunganga ang mga foreign dignitaries sa gallery pero ganun talaga-may translation naman pagkatapos. Ang SONA ay para sa mga Pilipino.

  • Anonymous

    May accomplishment naman si PNoy in his one year as Chief Executive.
    Buti pa si PNoy meronl si VP Binay, zero. Puro pa-press release lang kasi ang
    alam niya.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TNVY5PMFNA4CJKSOSZLILVZ45U marilou

      Okay lang . VP lang naman siya and he will be too old to run for president in 2016. Accomplishment na niya yung natalo niya si Roxas although okay sana if Roxas won.

  • Anonymous

    di ba ang ng bitterness ng aquino kay gloria ay nagsimula sa isyu ng hasyenda luisita?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001852991728 Cant Escape

    “Some of my critics say that I take this campaign against corruption personally. It’s true: Doing what’s right is personal. Making people accountable—whoever they may be—is personal,” Pnoy said.
    Sarap pakinggan lang. But is this really happening? Ang alam ko, pag kakampi ang masasagasaan, lumilihis sya (from Tuwid na Daan). Pag may issue sa mga kakampi nya, pinalalamig nya agad. Pag ang issue ay sa kalaban, panay ang gatong.

    Yan ba ang whoever they may be?

  • Anonymous

    Thank you Mr. President for giving us the hope and bringing back the dignity of being a Filipino. We support your advocacy for a better Philippines.

    Long live the Son of Ninoy!

  • http://pilosopongdensyo.blogspot.com/ pilosopong densyo

    Partido at kritiko sa SONA ay dumalo,
    Magkalaban man o magka-alyado,
    Suot ang mga magarbong tuxedo,
    Mga ternong pang-isang taong sahod ang presyo,
    Plastikan dun, plastikan dito,
    Walang pakesyo-kesyo, Lahat nagbebeso-beso,

    Paglabas ni Pnoy sa bulwagan,
    Ang ulat ay inumpisahan.
    Ang SONA na inabangan,
    Napakingan ng sambayanan,
    Maraming nakulangan,
    Marami din naman nasiyahan,
    Limampu’t tatlong palakpak,
    Grado ma’y patuloy na lumalagpak,
    Minanang administrasyong ni PANDAK,
    Sobrang dami daw ng palpak,
    Sa pagamit ng pondo ay bulagsak,
    Kaya daw ang kaban ng bayan ay bagsak,

    Sa dami ng kanyang tinuran,
    Mukhang marami pa din syang nakalimutan,
    Isa na ang mga magsasakang kanyang pinangakuan,
    Hangang ngayon nakikipaglaban sa kanilang karapatan,
    Ayoko ng isa-isahin at makipagbilangan,
    Masyado pang maaga para sya ay husgahan,
    Sumunod tayo sa kanyang matuwid na daan,
    Siguraduhin lang walang lubak sa dadaanan,

  • http://www.facebook.com/anne.torre Anne Torre

    Noynoy, the son of the late Ninoy, is right to continue to remove the “culture of wangwang”. But in so doing,  it is incumbent upon him to restore the “culture of industry and perseverance” and drop that “culture of mendicancy” cultivated by his CCT.

    Jobs are what’s being sought by the poor and not dole-outs.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TNVY5PMFNA4CJKSOSZLILVZ45U marilou

      Why begrudge those who benefit from the CCT? In better countries they also have funds for those who don’t have jobs. It’s government duty to look after the poorest of its constituents. Pantawid lang nga e. Si GMA nga namigay din ng CCT-pakonsuelo de bobo sa mahirap pero sa mga alipores niya milyones ang napunta. Why aren’t you pointing to that- such disparity in the treatment of the poor and the rich (or well connected)?

      • http://www.facebook.com/anne.torre Anne Torre

        The government was not organized for the poor alone. It is for all the people including taxpayers whose money makes the government run and function. While the poor has to be helped, the government has to balance its approach with an end in view of a national progress.

        Billions is being poured into the CCT that even forced Noynoy, the son of the late Ninoy, to give in to the huge pork barrels of Congress. If you will study the CCT, its result and implications considering the gargantuan amount of taxpayers money siphoned into this program, there are too little returns especially on the economic value. In a survey of the beneficiaries of the CCT, jobs are preferred than the dole-outs.

        Now, given the billions of pesos running the program, the same amount could generate jobs in the urban and rural areas especially if its directed to capitalization or improvement of the fishing and agricultural industries. Industrial specialization, an economic strategy for rural areas, could also be achieved where certain bulk of raw materials or supply of ingredients are bountiful. It is just an exercise of imagination, skill and talent to cultivate these industries, of course, under close supervision.

        This approach would even mitigate squatting in the cities which the ridiculous LINA LAW is inspiring. Economy has to be strengthened so jobs will be created.

      • Anonymous

        You pointed out what I previously have said. I think atleast to encouraged tax payers from paying you should also look up to their needs and wants. How can We convinced them na mag bayad ng tamang buwis  if di naman nakikinabang ang karamihan sa atin at sometimes di nga logical ang pinag-lalaanan ng pundo.

        The right track and must ng government is to focus on economy and look for more investors locally and foreign.. How do we do this? Invest more on infastractures na pre-requisite or desired environment for this prospect  businesses  para ma encourage silang mamuhunan this infastracture is not only limited to buildings but it could be more accessible ports, develop our road specially solving traffics, airports, solve security problem from crime to mga kawatan, review all metropolitan and cities plan kasi if napapansin nyo walang ka plano-plano ang ciudad natin at minsan kaya maraming palpak at connectivity issue. Magpasa ng mga batas na makakatulung sa mga malalaking companya na lumakas ang kompyansa sa ating bansa at mga  batas na makakatulong sa economically sa atin.

        Indirectly makakatulong po ito pati na sa mahihirap nating kababayan di lang yung selected few na beneficiaries ng CCT.

      • Anonymous

        The answer is it’s not about those beneficiaries ng pantawid gotum but the program itself is not really a permanent solution.  Para kalang namimigay ng lolipop sa bata at pagkatapos nilang  dila-dilaan tapos na… at bukas makalawa same cycle of issue parin…

        the right thing to do out of pitty of this situation is to grant them a loan to start a small business instead of  kakapiranggot na budget na kung tawagan ay pantawid gutom why not continue good  existing project that GMA already setup sa provinces I know coz dati-dati tuwing uwi ako sa provinces namin I’m curious of what’s happening in the provinces they have this program na loan for funding mga fish ponds for tilapia, bangus… meron nga ring hybrid rice daw that na pinapautang nga DAR the same funding na resulta ng maganadang anihin last year that was funded by GMA… Yes Noy2x claim ay resulta po ito ng existing na on-going sa panahon pa ni gloria, Microfinance scheme was a good project very well setup until natabunan na nga mga allegation of corruption at nakalimutan na ang mga magagandang programa… The RO-RO project was also the next phase of the program  that’s why I’m very furious of why can PNoy atleast check those project bakit ang daming pinagtitigi at di nag background check kung ano-ano ang epekto nga mga to at for what purpose.

      • http://www.facebook.com/anne.torre Anne Torre

        This what I hate in our leaders. During the assumption of GMA to the presidency, there were many projects of Estrada that were stopped, shelved and abandoned despite their good feasibility, implementation and management. I think this is becoming a culture of Philippine leaders who wanted to implement only their signature programs and disregard old good programs just simply because they were started by the past administration. Millions of taxpayers’ money are wasted.

        I do not know if they studied or were exposed in management systems and procedures but their wasting public funds already disbursed to excellent projects by stopping them because they’re nor THEIRS is technical malversation. Its a fanatic practice of political partisanship.

        A reorientation program on management and accountability must be introduced to Presidents of the Philippines.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TNVY5PMFNA4CJKSOSZLILVZ45U marilou

        You know a lot. Why not run for president?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IKC6ZNYXCHVHLXFYHGA3BNOVQ4 Carlito

        weeee.. wala nmang alam. anak mayaman o ugaling mayaman ka lng.. sa taong walang makain sa oras na to.. ang mag bigay ng 100 pesos ay malaking bagay… hindi lolipop ang tingin kundi isang araw na gasulina ng buhay…. 

  • Anonymous

    ok P-noy, for me i can still say ‘so far so good’, i don’t care what those other economist are garbling like monsood and that ibon foundation. pareho lang sila ni gloria gusto pera agad ang nakikita. about time we have a govenment that is ‘for the people and by the people’

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5BLJIWZ5FQSNTOVCJMDDWQJNI4 Archangel

    Rapid Population Growth = PROBLEMS: education, unequal distribution of wealth, peace in order, increase in crimes, scarcity of goods, unemployment, poor government services such as health facilities & hospitalization, forced overseas labor migration, neglected moral values, at marami pang iba…sana lang makita natin.

    Corruption = worsen all the above problems.

    Kailangan natin ng long term plan and solutions, kung hindi tayo mag-kakaisa now, kawawa yung mga anak natin…yung mga susunod na generation.

    President Noy Noy, opened up transparency in government, baka pwedeng dito tayo magsimula, tumulong tayo na suriin ang mga serbisyong ginagawa at binibigay ng bawat ahensiya ng gobyerno, kung me pag-kukulang o bahid ng corruption, isumbong natin.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tyronne-Abdul-Goldstein/100002285524648 Tyronne Abdul-Goldstein

    El Presidente is one UGLY dude.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tyronne-Abdul-Goldstein/100002285524648 Tyronne Abdul-Goldstein

    who is the more handsome man among the following:
    A) El Presidente Noy ‘mukhang kubeta’ Aquino
    B) El Tuko, JLo’s ex Marc Anthony
    C) Charles Manson
    D) former 1st Gentleman Mike ‘Nakaw’ Arroyo

    I pick E)

    • Anonymous

      Grow up! If your good looks (do you have it?) can qualify you to lead the nation, go ahead and be my hero!

  • Anonymous

    Tama ka rin kabayan, pero para sa akin, importante na:
    1.Ang Justice system natin ay tunay na linisin para maihinto at maibalik ang pondo ng mga Pilipino 
    2.bigyan ng libreng training ang mamamyan na walang trabaho sa mga bagong mga Bago at kahit lumang companya na mag invest sa ating bayan (Para naman hwag na lang humingi ng libreng pagkain, pabahay at pang gastos). Sa ganitong paraan ay mag kakaroon na sila ng pangastos sa kanilang mga kailangan sa buhay.
    3.Supporta sa kalusugan ng bawat mamamayan ( para laging malusog ang mamamayan mag trabaho at mabigyan ng trabaho sa ating bayan ang mamamyan tulad ng mga Doktor, nurses at iba pang nag tatarabaho sa para sa kalusugan- hindi na kailangan mangibang bayan ang ating mga propesyonal na Pilipino.
    4. supporta sa edukasyon
    5. ipatupad ang peace and order..
    6. transport system ay pagandahin
    at marami pa..pero ito ang mga basic
    At supportahan ang ating presidente na hindi malinis at hindi gustong magnakaw dahil sa pag mamahal sa ating bayan. Tayo ang boss niya at dapat din natin siyang tulungan upang maisatupad niya ang kanyang tungkulin.Mabuhay ang Pilipino.! 

  • Anonymous

    Tama ka rin kabayan, pero para sa akin, importante na:
    1.Ang Justice system natin ay tunay na linisin para maihinto at maibalik ang pondo ng mga Pilipino
    2.bigyan ng libreng training ang mamamyan na walang trabaho sa mga bagong mga Bago at kahit lumang companya na mag invest sa ating bayan (Para naman hwag na lang humingi ng libreng pagkain, pabahay at pang gastos). Sa ganitong paraan ay mag kakaroon na sila ng pangastos sa kanilang mga kailangan sa buhay.
    3.Supporta sa kalusugan ng bawat mamamayan ( para laging malusog ang mamamayan mag trabaho at mabigyan ng trabaho sa ating bayan ang mamamyan tulad ng mga Doktor, nurses at iba pang nag tatarabaho sa para sa kalusugan- hindi na kailangan mangibang bayan ang ating mga propesyonal na Pilipino.
    4. supporta sa edukasyon
    5. ipatupad ang peace and order..
    6. transport system ay pagandahin
    at marami pa..pero ito ang mga basic
    At supportahan ang ating presidente na hindi gustong magnakaw dahil sa pag mamahal sa ating bayan. Tayo ang boss niya at dapat din natin siyang tulungan upang maisatupad niya ang kanyang tungkulin.Mabuhay ang Pilipino.!

  • Anonymous

    it is very ironic, we know of many many doctors and lawyers who are very very rich and yet, they only pay taxes lower than those paid by minimum wage earners. unlike us fixed salaried individuals, we pay <35 percent of our salaries as straight taxes deducted every pay day. true, they can easily make false statements to avoid huge tax payments but then, how many of them do it because they know and believe like me that the taxes we pay goes merely to the pockets of corrupt government officials who spend and spend no matter it is bust or boom times for the economy for them to get their %tages. i for one do not agree that the governance today has overnight become  a prestigious career. it is as filthy and shameful as the past. corruption can not be solved because Pnoy is honest and sincere. corruption remains unabated. there must be a greater collaboration with the private sector and and a foolproof check and balance system with transparency and results year on year  before  a clean governance can be claimed. this requires an infrastructure. if we fixed income earners can tweak our itr's like the said professionals, we will also file frauadaulent returns or not pay taxes at all because our taxes are only pilfered to the hilt by majority of people in governance in all levels

  • Anonymous

    i believe in Pnoy’s sincerity but he is squandering away his popularity. with the release of the morong 43, he is on the brink of toppling the impunity in the military. but he is again doing like his past predecessor acting like he can not survive without the military to his side. no Pnoy. showing once more favoritsm to the AFP by special mention of pabahay with utter disdain to other more deserving servants like teachers is again playing to the game the military is used to. they should be treated like the others. the people will decide for you to remain as our chief executive, not the military who have shared power with the govt for a long long time. destruct that power sharing and the impunity. you have the peoples and God’s support. your presidency is divine intervention. 

  • Anonymous

    The most important contribution that Pres. ‘Noy’ Aquino has contributed is his “gift of honesty” which i can easily feel from his personality. There is this very subtle expression of inner grace of virtue, which contaminates his character, and becomes evident with the way he looks, talks, and intends to do his job.
    He may not be able to perform as much changes as possible in so short a time, which so many have been wanting to see and feel, but the gargantuan miserable situations, which his administration is facing and trying to solve, are just too much. But his sincerity will eventually breed good outcomes. Yes, for me, the President’s good character and integrity are the best and most important acheivements this present administration has so far accomplished. Mabuhay.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tyronne-Abdul-Goldstein/100002285524648 Tyronne Abdul-Goldstein

    Aquino: “nabuko ba si pareng Rico Puno? Kulang lang sa mentoring yan para maging discreet ang kilos at pag-bulsa nya.”

    Rico Puno:” Noy, balik na lang ako sa aking singing career.”

    Aquino: “Eto, unzip mo ang pants ko para may microphone ka.”

    Rico Puno:”Noy, mukhang mas guapo si maliit na ulo kaysa sa malaking ulo.”

    Aquino:”Ay lintek, buwisit ka. Hala, kaya ka nahuli. Tanga!”

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TNVY5PMFNA4CJKSOSZLILVZ45U marilou

      Senseless posting. Waste of forum space. Get a life!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H27QVUBMP6KCZOXQW33RP2KOGU Plazans

    All the critics are saying PNoy should give the true scores of how the country is doing, rather than flatter himself by being selective in his data presented at the SONA. There is a fine line between conveying to people the promise of hope, and giving filipinos the usual, old false promises of hope. Thin line, but big difference. So, what else is new in politics?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tyronne-Abdul-Goldstein/100002285524648 Tyronne Abdul-Goldstein

      i-English ka pa ang baluktot naman. 
      May ‘fine line/fine line’ ka pa. Ano yan, white line ng coke?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H27QVUBMP6KCZOXQW33RP2KOGU Plazans

        Talking to me? Well, you have to do it in English, there’s just no other way. I know few words in Filipino, but not good enough to carry on an extended conversation. I left the country when I was eight and I’ve been speaking the language for the last 45 years. I converse in English from the time I wake in the morning till I go to bed at night. I have no other choice. My wife and kids speak no other stuff than English. Sorry about that. Sounds like you have a foreign name, I’m sure you went to school in the Philippines and are educated enough to exchange views in English. So, don’t be bashful, I know you can do it. Screw the grammar, what is important is to be able to communicate with another decent human being on line.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Baho-Puwet/100002602908058 Baho Puwet

    yes, i will run for President

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TNVY5PMFNA4CJKSOSZLILVZ45U marilou

    These things are invariably flaunted online in forums like this- having been/gone abroad, higher salaries, facility of the English language. These are the usual handles when we want to point out we deserve more respect than the blogger who irked us one way or another. Only Filipinos actually enjoy talking/arguing with each other in a foreign language. And I think not a few Filipinos actually think they’re better than the other just because they have gotten into a plane to some foreign destination. That is why we disagree a lot as a people. We like to put down one another and prove we’re better off. I can say this in pure Filipino if you wish.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MIIFGJLZWJSGCGCESNEZMIWRLQ Julz

    I’m confused… I think Filipino is how people in the Philippines called. National Language is Tagalog while Pilipino has been taught in school to learn Tagalog. Dialects are like Cebuano, Ilokano…atbp. 

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