MANILA, July 25, 2014—Convinced it will be nothing but a grandstanding drama, a church leader challenged President Benigno S. Aquino III (PNoy) to forego the State of the Nation Address (SONA) and to consider getting “on the ground” to know what real life is like for ordinary Filipinos.
“I join those urging for the SONA boycott, because I am certain it will only be about the President having us believe that he had done us so many favors when what we actually experience ‘on the ground’ is far beyond his wildest dreams,” said Fr. Marlon Lacal, executive secretary of the Association of Major Religious Superior of the Philippines (AMRSP) in Filipino in a Radyo Veritas report.
Lacal said he does not want to waste his time listening to “beautiful words and new promises” like for example, the FOI [Freedom of Information] Bill which seems to be all but forgotten.
Lacal challenged Aquino to get “on the ground” and see for himself firsthand the real situation of his countrymen instead of boring them with empty rhetoric.
“He should be the one taking time to listen to the people’s cries and grievances, rather than us listening to his SONA of lies,” the priest shared.
According to Lacal, PNoy should focus on penalizing individuals involved in corruption.
The country’s chief executive is scheduled to have his “report to the nation” on Monday, July 28, which will also mark the opening of Congress. (Raymond A. Sebastián)