Immediately after the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of the President, this is what Vice President Jejomar Binay had to say: “President Aquino spoke from the heart and I commend him for his candidness and sincerity.”
On Wednesday, United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) spokesman and Rep. Toby Tiangco, over the radio said, “ I agree with nine out of 10 of what the President said in his SONA.”
Many wonder why the sudden change of heart by the opposition and why they seem to be singing a different tune these days.
Talks about the possible alliance of UNA and the Liberal Party and VP Binay being the anointed one of the administration for the 2016 elections spread like wildfire in barbershops, cafes, and even in boardrooms around the country the next day.
Tiangco, however, denied any dialogue, whether official or through the backdoor, between the opposition and the administration party but said they are ready to talk to anyone “for the future of the country.”
Remote as it may seem that Pnoy will handpick Binay to replace him after his term ends in 2016. But political analysts never cast doubts on this idea reiterating once more the saying “In politics, there are no permanent enemies, only interests.”
Could it be that Binay’s show of sympathy and his party’s nod on the President’s accomplishments that he listed in his fifth SONA a “writing on the wall” that these two political leaders may soon join forces and unite for the upcoming elections?
Why not? As long as it would be beneficial, not only for themselves or their parties, but for the entire country as well who had been longing for a leader who can deliver them from extreme poverty and deeply rooted corruption.
The lawmaker who does not think?
I really do not know what Quezon City Rep. Winnie Castelo was thinking when he asked the House ethics committee to investigate, and probably sanction, lawmakers who walked out of Congress during Pnoy’s SONA on Monday.
Castelo, a member of the ruling Liberal Party, wants the committee to investigate if those lawmakers, who belong to militant groups, violated any House rules when they walked out in the middle of the President’s speech.
Castelo perhaps forgot that the action taken by his colleagues from various party-list groups during the SONA is protected by the Bill of Rights under Article 3 of the 1987 Constitution which covers the freedom of speech, expression, and the press, and for peaceful assembly to voice their grievance and redress.
In a radio interview, Castelo insisted that it is not a question of legality but more on ethics.
Hehehe . . . Castelo should be reminded that the Constitution is above any rules or laws throughout the land. The lawmakers who left Congress while the President was delivering his speech were just exercising their rights as citizens of this country.
It behooves Cong. Castelo to focus on the needs of his constituents in his district, which, I am sure are plenty, such as how to make both ends meet, how to send their children to school, the rising criminality in the area, and much more.
Can you file a more a useful bill that will benefit your constituents, Cong. Castelo? If you can’t think of any, ask them!