Hontiveros likens Marcos’ Sona to ‘window shopping’
MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s first State of the Nation Address (Sona) is similar to “window shopping,” Senator Risa Hontiveros said on Tuesday.
Hontiveros questioned how the administration would achieve Marcos’ “ambitious” economic targets.
“Para sa akin, ‘yung speech kahapon, mistulang window shopping lang. Tingin-tingin muna kung ano ang uubra sa panlasa ng mamamayan. Pero hindi naman pwedeng browse-browse muna ng big ticket items habang may krisis,” she said in a press conference at the Senate.
(For me, yesterday’s speech was a bit like window shopping. Look at what will appeal to people’s tastes first. However, now is not the time to browse big-ticket items.)
“Hindi natin afford mag-aksaya ng panahon ngayong pandemya kaya ang ipinagdarasal ko, ‘wag naman sana itong isa na namang case ng over-promise, under deliver,” she added.
(We cannot afford to waste time during a pandemic, so I’m praying that this will not be a case of overpromising or underdelivering.)
The senator further explained that it seems like the President is testing what the legislature and the public want, noting that his plans have no apparent objective.
Hontiveros also stressed that several of Marcos’ plans are already ongoing programs.
Noting that the chief executive recognized several issues, Hontiveros said that Marcos’ conclusion that the “state of the nation is sound” is incoherent with his assessment.
Hontiveros drew praises from social media users as she did not clap when Marcos was introduced during the Sona.
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