P-Noy's SONA draws mixed reactions from legislators

By Marjorie Gorospe

QUEZON CITY, METRO MANILA-- Legislators shared mixed reactions and expectations after hearing President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s State of the Nation Address (SONA).

According to Senator Pia Cayetano, the speech of the President would have been better if he gave more details on specific programs. She noted that there were indeed good news and that the people believe in his sincerity to fight corruption.

“As legislator, I need the specific details so that I would know where I can help him,” Cayetano said. She is also a bit disappointed for not hearing anything about the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill.

Cayetano said, however, that she hopes President Aquino would still pay attention on the issues he failed to address during the speech.

Sen. Edgardo Angara, meanwhile, said that if he were to write the speech, he would have focused more on activities that would increase the competitiveness of Filipinos.

“We need to increase our competitiveness in the industry so that we can meet up with the global competition be it in agricultural or e-commerce,” Angara said. The lawmaker said malnutrition should also be addressed by the current administration.

Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño said that there seemed to be no progress from President Aquino’s first SONA and that his anti-corruption is also applicable to the present administration.

“A key measure for this is the Freedom of Information Bill which would help even his own administration to avoid the mistakes of the past,” Casiño said.

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, on the other hand, said that he was “very satisfied” with the President’s report given the limited time and resources that the administration has.

“This translated to investors’ confidence and hopefully more jobs. We cannot expect to achieve everything at this point but we are happy that he (Aquino) has plans and direction,” Trillanes said.

Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros is hopeful that President Aquino would continue his support to the passage of RH bill. She said that Aquino’s speech was “fair” and much better than the SONA he made last year.

Sen. Jinggoy Estrada also expressed his satisfaction to President Aquino’s fight against corruption. However, he was expecting to hear creation of jobs and more plans on infrastructure development for the benefit of the Filipino people.

“I am very satisfied and he (Aquino) is just true to himself in expressing his fight against corruption. We look forward that more would be prosecuted,” Estrada said.

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