Palace admits: Not all promises fulfilledin 6 years

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MAKE YOUR MOMMA MAD  Aquino ally turned critic Mae Paner, alias Juana Change, parades a giant report card which gave low marks to the outgoing administration. PHOTO BY RENE H. DILAN

MAKE YOUR MOMMA MAD
Aquino ally turned critic Mae Paner, alias Juana Change, parades a giant report card which gave low marks to the outgoing administration. PHOTO BY RENE H. DILAN

Hours before President Benigno Aquino 3rd delivered his sixth and last State of the Nation Address (SONA), Malacañang admitted that the administration failed to fulfill all the promises it made in the past five years.

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said while the Palace cannot claim that everything has been “completely accomplished,” Aquino still has a year left in service to deal with them.

“It might be better to focus on the larger picture. If we see the big picture, there are many features there, not only those that were not accomplished,” Coloma told reporters in Filipino.

“Is the glass half-empty or half-full? Instead of complaining why is the glass not full, we should see that it is being filled up more,” he said.


Coloma insisted that the administration deserves the high ratings given by analysts weighing in on the promises of the administration.

“ All that I’ve read and most of the commentators say because of the big problems the Aquino administration inherited, it’s just proper to give the government a high grade because it has done a lot of things,” he said.

According to Coloma, the Aquino administration’s matuwid na daan (straight path) was not a mere slogan of the administration as it has also been put into action.

Contrary to the administration’s critics, he noted, the Aquino administration has done a lot in fulfilling its “16-point social contract” with Filipinos, as well as ensuring transparency in the government.

“[We have the] Citizen’s Charter, transparency seal. [We can say we have an] open and accountable government. [In fact, we have made much progress in the social contract that] translated into the Philippine Development Plan,” Coloma said.

Meanwhile, he added, Aquino wants the public to get involved in the SONA since it is also a report of the people.

“The President gives importance to the participation of the people in shaping their future,” Coloma said.

Satisfied labor
Two big labor groups also on Monday gave the Aquino administration a satisfactory rating in addressing workers and labor issues.

Sonny Matula, president of the Federation of Free Workers (FFW), told The Manila Times that the Aquino administration has done good things for the workers, among them, the ratification of International Labor Organization (ILO) conventions on Decent Work for Domestic Workers and on Maritime Labor and the enactment of Republic Act 10361 or the Kasambahay Law and RA 10395 or the Tripartism Law.

Julius Cainglet, FFW vice president, said the ILO conventions adopted by the government were instrumental in advancing the interests of househelps and seafarers.

The Kasambahay Law has improved the monthly wage rate and working conditions and provided rest days and mandatory social security and health coverages for household service workers.

Matula said FFW is giving Aquino a grade of 6 out of 10 for his accomplishments in the labor sector.

Alan Tanjusay, spokesman for the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines-Nagkaisa, said they are giving the President a grade of 7 out of 10 for his economic accomplishments.

He, however, added that the fruits of an improved economy should directly benefit the more than 40 million Filipino workers.

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  1. What we need is to go towards Federal Parliament form
    of Governmen like in Japan, United Kindom, Australia
    and Canada .The constitution made after Marcos was haft
    haserdly done, Off course spending billions of pesos during
    election with just 6 years they make sure they get their
    money’s back 1000 times.

    So corruption can never be solved in the country. No matter what.

    ONLY IN THE PHILIPPINES AND IT SUCKS !!!!!!

  2. Want some real facts ?

    Democracy – The UN classifies The Philippines as ” a flawed democracy”

    Budget – increased from 1.5 trillion in 2010 to 3 trillion proposed in 2016!
    Double the budget, half the services. Some people must be laughing all the way to the bank! Kickbacks! SONA outfits! Constant airline tickets abroad for senators/congressmen! Up to 60 staff per senator!
    Example – Rep. Abad 12 million peso salary excl perks.

    Tax – highest tax rates in Asia, but lowest quality of service.

    Millenium Development Goals 2015 – will not meet the key targets.

    Education – 2.45% of gdp spent on education. It was 3.9% in 1999
    UN recommends 6%

    Media killings – continues unabated and unsolved.
    Press freedom index – 149th ex 179 countries

    Illegal activities – smuggling, logging, mining. Smuggling alone increased from $3 billion to $19 billion.

    Internet speed worst in ASEAN, and most expensive.
    Ranked a lowly 158th in world ex 179 countries.

    Energy – electricity the highest price in ASEAN

    Good country index – philippines ranked 114th ex 125 – “takes far more than it contributes,” (to world development

    Yolanda – 132,000 still living in tents

    Poverty – 51% of families consider themselves poor.

    Unemployment – 26% unemployed/underemployed
    Only 490k jobs created in past year, 1million promised

    Freedom of Information law ? never happen
    Anti dynasty law ? never happen
    Manila traffic ? worse than ever
    Manila flooding ? not fixed
    MRT – Broke down and Aquino blames past president GMA yesterday for it.

    That’s the real SONA

  3. Alan Tanjusay, spokesman for the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines-Nagkaisa, said they are giving the President a grade of 7 out of 10 for his economic accomplishments.

    Right there is their problem, 7 out of 10 members of the Trade Union Congress are stupid.

    Life is Hard
    It’s harder if you’re stupid