SONA perspective delusional - KMU; Only GMA believes her lies
28 July 2009
Campaign: Pambansang Bigwas Laban sa Con-Ass
Elmer "Bong" Labog
After coming up with a delusional report on the country’s situation for
the ninth straight year, Gloria Arroyo has nailed down the obvious: she is
talking only to herself.
This was the critique made by labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno on Arroyo’s
ninth SONA, which contained the usual bluff of Arroyo on the economy and
her empty promises, saying that her own perspective on the state of the
nation proves her isolation from the people.
“She makes it appear that her critics are saying that the glass is
half-empty and that she is saying that it is half-full. We disagree. The
glass is empty, Mrs. Arroyo. And no amount of lies, however magically
weaved, will make the people think otherwise. We are worse off now than we
were in 2001,” said KMU Chairperson Elmer “Bong” Labog.
“That it is only Mrs. Arroyo and her paid allies who believe her reading
of the state of the nation shows just how isolated her regime is from the
people,” added Labog.
Labog said the people would definitely not want Arroyo out if the state of
the nation is improving. “Not because Mrs. Arroyo’s critics are vicious,
but because the people feel the real state of the nation in their
stomachs, in their bodies, and in their minds.”
Labog said there is really no good news about the state of the nation,
since what Arroyo boasted yesterday are mere stop-gap measures, short-term
remedies to the chronic crisis of the country’s economy.
Labog also hit Arroyo for refusing to clarify her political plans in 2010,
tucking her real agenda under the litany of sevice and goodwill.
“The whole country wants her to say goodbye, but she is saying by and by,”
“She had actually the chance to somehow redeem herself yesterday by vowing
to stop Cha-Cha and to step down in 2010. Instead, she did not address the
issue of Cha-Cha and remained vague on her plans, which stands as a
warning to the people,” he added.
Labog said the people will remain vigilant and will keep on fighting
unless the Cha-Cha plan is abandoned by the US-Arroyo regime.#
Disproving Arroyo’s five SONA summary points:
1.We have a strong economy and a strong fiscal position to withstand
We do not have a strong economy because nationalist industrialization and
genuine land reform have not been undertaken by the government and the
people. If we did not fall as flat as other countries, it is not because
we are not in a strong fiscal position. It’s because we have not taken off
2. We built new modern infrastructure and completed unfinished ones.
The people know that infrastructure projects are great sources of
corruption. The fact that infrastructure projects are being undertaken
throughout the country is proof that Mrs. Arroyo is dispensing patronage
to her allies at the local level.
3. The economy is more fair to the poor than ever before.
The economy is most unfair to the poor than ever before. Majority of VAT
collections are shouldered by poor and low-earning families, while big
businesses evade scrutiny of their earnings.
4. We are building a sound base for the next generation.
Because Mrs. Arroyo is being judged harshly for her policies at present,
she is appealing to the future generations. Her legacy for the next
generation is low-paying and part-time jobs, huge-scale hunger and
5. International authorities have taken notice that we are safer from
environmental degradation and man-made disasters.
What is in fact significant during her term is that international
authorities have taken notice that the Philippines is being ravaged by
man-made disasters wrought by the Arroyo regime: corruption, violation of
human rights, and killings of workers, journalists and ordinary citizens.#