Aquino gets failing grade in run-up to sona

RALLY ART  An artist puts finishing touches on an effigy of President Benigno Aquino 3rd which activists will parade around the metropolis on monday when the President delivers his final state of the nation Address. PHoto By MIke de Juan

An artist puts finishing touches on an effigy of President Benigno Aquino 3rd which activists will parade around the metropolis on monday when the President delivers his final state of the nation Address. PHoto By MIke de Juan

Progressive professors of the University of the Philippines and sectoral groups gave President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd a failing grade a few days before his State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Professor Gerardo Lanuza, chairperson of the Congress of Teachers and Educators for Nationalism and Democracy (Contend) said in a forum that Aquino, in his entire presidency, has only been a puppet that exploit and oppress the masses in a semi-feudal, semi-colonial society.

The farmers remain the poorest of the poor, education serves the interest of multinational companies, Lanuza said.

“His kabarilan, kaklase, kaibigan and kainuman (shooting buddy, classmates, friends and drinking buddies), have partaken of this government.”

Lanuza said there is no equivalent grade that can summarize the Aquino presidency with the “cruelty and suffering” that the people have endured under his administration. He said, Aquino can only be deemed as passed or failed.

“He gets a failed mark,” said Lanuza.

Members of the different sectors shared their situation at the forum that was jampacked with students.

Celia Veloso, the mother of Mary Jane, the Filipina in death row in Indonesia, cried when she recalled how her daughter’s case was neglected by the government and how they were given the runaround by the Department of Foreign Affairs. She said they were maltreated and maligned.

“This Patricia Macam, the case officer who handled Mary Jane’s case, lied to us from the very beginning. She told us that they will do everything and would not let Mary Jane be sentenced to death. But whenever we called her cellphone to ask for an update, she could not be contacted,” she said.

She said it was the Filipino people who really helped her daughter. Without the help of Migrante-International, there would be no international call to save Mary Jane. “We almost lost hope. We already went to the people in the government that we thought could help us. But all our efforts were in vain,” she said.

Dodong Tubien, Tanggulan Ugnayan Dulugang Lakas ng Anakpawis sa Tanduay Distillers, Inc. (Tudla) spokesman, meanwhile said that they are still on strike even if the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) Region IV-A has released a regularization order for the 103 workers.

Tubien said among the more than 400 workers of Tanduay, 397 are contractual workers and only 44 are regular. Some of these contractual workers, he said, have been working for Tanduay for more than a decade. He said they are only demanding regular jobs, higher wages and a safe working place.

He said the situation of the Tanduay workers shows that the lives of the oppressed have not changed. He said if they did not resist the contractualization policy, more people will be trapped in poverty and more workers exploited.

“We do this also for the future generation. Sooner or later, you might also see yourself or your children in the same situation,” he said addressing the students.

Eberto Peña, president of the Alyansa ng Magbubukid sa Bulacan-San Jose Del Monte, narrated how they remained landless in spite of cultivating the same land for years. He said there is no genuine land reform under Aquino and land grabbing is still prevalent.

Now they are threatened to be evicted from their community in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan by the MRT 7 project of the Aranetas, the clan of Aquino’s Interior Secretary Mar Roxas. The MRT 7 is among the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) programs of the Aquino regime.

“They said it is for the development, but development for whom?” he asked.

Indigenous children also suffer under the Aquino regime, said Raymond Basilio of the Save our Schools Network, as the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) continues to sow terror in the hinterlands of Mindanao. He said different schemes to close down alternative schools that were built with the help of non-government organizations are unabated.

“From falsely labeling the schools as schools of the New People’s Army, military encampment, harassing the teachers and students up to withholding the schools’ permits to operate — the government is hell-bent in shutting down these schools,” said Basilio.

‘Incurable ineptitude’
Lanuza said the list of Aquino’s sins to the Filipino people is long. He said there are now more overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) on death row. Unemployment is prevalent and the homeless are increasing as urban poor houses are being demolished. The K to 12 program was implemented without preparation, and has been a burden not only to students but to teachers as well.

Contend said the Aquino administration has an “incurable ineptitude.” The group said “it has been evident since day one of the Aquino presidency, when eight hostages were killed during the tragic Rizal Park hostage-taking incident on August 23, 2010.”

The group said they cannot allow their children to inherit a society “that has been ravaged by the corrupt and anti-people policies of the Aquino administration.”

On Monday, when Aquino delivers his last SONA, Lanuza said they will join the big rally along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City.

Campus journalists on Saturday lashed out on President Aquino for his “incompetence.”
The College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) pointed out the supposed “failures” of the Aquino administration in addressing the issues of the education sector.

The campus editors group said the most glaring evidence of the administration’s incompetence is the continued deregulation and commercialization of Philippine education, and the K-to-12 program.

“In Aquino’s five years as president, the Filipino youth witnessed how tuition and other school fees skyrocketed through deregulation, how Aquino slashed the budget for state-owned schools to forward commercialization, how Aquino and Education Secretary Armin Luistro stubbornly implemented the colonial K-to-12 program, and how the state violated the right of the Filipino people to quality and accessible education at all levels,” CEGP National President Marc Lino Abila said in a statement.

The CEGP said President Aquino is an “utter failure”.

At the Saturday media forum, former senator and Times columnist Francisco Tatad said there is nothing to expect from the President’s speech but achievements that has’ no significance and value’.

He said the nation should be told about how the President handles the different aspects of governance like the state of the rule of law, poverty, basic services of the government and the state of morality in public life.

“His tagline ‘Kung walang kurap, walang mahirap’ (if there’s no corruption, there’s no poverty) is absolutely insane kasi hindi iyon totoo.” Tatad said.

In the same forum, the United Filipino Consumers and Commuters (UFCC) said a survey they conducted in Metro Manila, Bulacan and Batangas from July 17 to 24 shows that 73 percent of the respondents gave the Aquino administration a failing mark while 21 percent gave him a thumbs up.

The survey also showed that 71 percent of the 1,200 respondents said their lives did not prosper under the Aquino administration while 18 percent said they experienced an improvement.

Former National Treasurer Leonor Briones of Social Watch Philippines said the Aquino government failed to fix the country’s social development as poverty level remains high.


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  1. Im no fun of Pnoy but regardless of the critics, he still fared better than past presidents like Erap, FVR, & GMA. He is not perfect but he did accomplished some if not many projects and only under his watch that started prosecuting plunderers who were untouchables and you know who they are. He can only do so much as president and the rest of it must be done by the people like we need more discipline, honesty and hard work in us. I appreciate one of his accomplishment being a former member of the AFP, Pnoy ordered the purchase of Glock 17s for the PNP officers making them now 100% armed. During my time many police officers in the country have to buy their own sidearms and some in the rural areas do not even have a firearm. now that’s sad and unacceptable. Under Pnoy he armed 100% of the Police force. He also accelerated the AFP modernization although still slow the way things are going due to some undisciplined and dishonest officials in the procurement process. so the critics of his, all I can say is Pnoy did a good job, I did not like though his idea and creation of the BBL. but again he is not perfect. and if you anyone wants a perfect Filipino president, they were not born yet. lolllllllllll. maybe in the next millennium.

  2. well, he completed his first ppp project, the mcx connector road, a 4km road completed after four years construction work. a world breaking record in road construction industry.
    pnoy is like an r-4 pupil, forced to sit at r-1 but capacity remain r-4…i won’t blame him. the good news is that few months from now pnoy could really rest in peace. the bad news is…already, ph major media outlets are now cooking for the next pnoy in the making..enjoy the fun!

  3. You are just creating a noize. sabi nga, whoever is the noisy will ge the grease> kahiya naman kayo. Election kasi kaya kayo pumapapel, Why do you mention the number of your membership ? to appeal for vote buying and favors????/ Halata naman yung purpose nyo eh, to get some money from the politician,s very early posturing naman kayo eh.

    So why you mentioned that you have 400 members, what are you implying????

  4. its alway easy to criticize, there is no intelligence incriticizing one’s performance, as if you guys are perfect in all your doings.look at the quality of the organization that you represent, are in any perfect? actually most of you guys are never heard.

    as an organizaiton, you cannot even create an impact to the life of your members and yet you have the courage to criticise others. before you throw stones on somehow, ask yourself, are you better than others? what kind of performance have you created?

    Kung ako sa inyo, i will look at the organization at I’m leading and ask , What kind of improvement i can make to improve the livelihood of my members. Palibhasa ,at your letter so much corruption din eh, eheheheh, were you paid to criticize,. C’mmon, unless you giys are seriosu of living a straight path, one President cannot change you to follow the daang matuwid. Its not the president, but the individual person. even at the smallest barangay organization, corrution persist. Its the person not the President alone. Before you criticise others, critcise yourself first and change.

  5. Let’s save a little time and not point out what he didn’t attempt to fix and rather list what he and his group of plundering government clowns did improve.

    Yea i can’t think of anything either.