Youth groups tell Aquino: ‘See you in jail’
“WE can’t wait to see you in jail.”
That was the message aired by protesting militant youth groups for President Benigno Aquino III who delivered his sixth and last State of the Nation Address (Sona) Monday .
“Naghihintay na ang mga mamamayan. Excited na po kami na makulong si Presidente Noynoy Aquino dahil sa kanyang pangungurakot,” Anakbayan Chairperson Vencer Crisostomo said in an INQUIRER.net interview.
He said that Aquino should be jailed for his involvement in the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) which was rendered partly unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
The youth leader also assailed the alleged lies peddled by Aquino in his last Sona, such as having a better state of education and declining unemployment rate.
“Yung sinasabing kaunlaran, yung sinasabing walang education shortage, yung sinasabing wala na raw kakulangan sa trabaho at gumanda raw ang buhay ng mga mamamayan, saang planeta siya nakatira?” Crisostomo asked.
(Aquino seems to live in another planet when he said that the Philippines have achieved progress, that there is no education shortage in the country and that there is no shortage of jobs.)
Leaders from other militant youth groups also joined in the chorus of slamming Aquino who is just counting more than 300 days left to his presidency.
Terry Ridon of Kabataan party-list said that the President cannot fool the people and that “no magic mic can make the platitudes in his final Sona sound convincing.”
“Today, we condemn the Aquino administration for being satisfied in its mediocre programs and patting its back for fake reforms that did nothing to improve the situation of our Filipino youth,” Ridon said.
National Union of Students of the Philippines President Sarah Elago and College Editors’ Guild of the Philippines President Marc Lino Abila said that under Aquino’s watch, tuition and unemployment rates skyrocketed.
In his Sona, Aquino slammed critics of his administration, saying that they refuse to recognize the gains of his administration.
“Ako raw may blinders sa mga hindi maganda. Pero ang mga taong ito, na hindi makita ang maganda, ang may blinders,” Aquino said in his longest Sona speech.
(My critics said that I am the one who has blinders who can’t see what’s good in the country. But it is them who cannot see the good things we did.)
In his parting words, Aquino said that he would let history decide on how he ruled the country.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith,” the president said.
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