UNA slams Aquino’s ‘gutter’ language in SONA

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UNITED Nationalist Alliance (UNA) secretary general JV Bautista criticized President Benigno Aquino 3rd for using “gutter language” in his final State of the Nation Address (SONA).

“Maybe he [Aquino] can do that when campaigning to project himself as a “populace and cute.” Where is this guy bringing our country? What is he teaching to our children? What is he telling our people, that the highest official of the land will engage in gutter language?” Bautista said. “It would be inappropriate for any head of government to speak such kind of language. That has absolutely no place [in SONA], otherwise civility in the society will be lost.”

“I think it is the duty of the president to preserve a high level of discussion and deliberations of national issues. It has to be with dignity and this must be in the most dignified language,” he added.

An excerpt of Aquino’s speech during Monday’s SONA read: “Kahit kaliwa’t kanan na ang ebidensiya ng pagbabago, mayroon pa ring kontra sa Daang Matuwid. Ang hirit nila: Mabagal daw tayo. Kapag sila raw ang naging Pangulo, sigurado, gaganda ang buhay. Sa mga medyo may edad po, ang isasagot dito, ‘Ah, ganun?’ sabay taas ng kilay. Para naman sa kabataan, iba na raw po ang tugon nila sa ganoong pahayag, iba na daw po ang uso ngayon eh: ‘E di wow!”


Bautista lamented that Aquino chose to attack his political enemies instead of highlighting the most significant issues that hounded his administration.

“When you’re standing before the entire nation, you have to look after the dignity of your office and you have to avoid very personalistic attacks which he [Aquino] did. The President has also engaged in very personalistic expressions of gratitude. That’s really out of place. You don’t do that during a SONA,” he said.

“I mean, who cares if you have gratitude to your yaya (nanny)? Or you have gratitude to your hairdresser, who cares? Everybody has gratitude to somebody but you have spent precious time of the SONA doing that,” Bautista added.

Bautista also lambasted Aquino for praising his cabinet secretaries in his SONA.

“If he praises them, he will praise himself, right? He’s patting himself at the back while praising his alter egos,” he said.

“The President should have told the people what he can do to solve pressing problems under his administration and what have been solved already. It’s very simple, right? I really can’t fathom why Noynoy Aquino for all his educational background and, you know, his experience in government, can go implement that kind of rumbling,” the opposition leader added.

As if to rile the Binay camp, Malacañang again said “e di wow!” in reaction to the announcement of Vice President Jejomar Binay that he will deliver a “statesman” SONA.

“The State of the Nation Address of the President is supported by a SONA Technical Report. There is a Technical Report that is put out for everyone to see the basis for the President citing those figures. So they are all based on figures and statistics,” Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said.

Lacierda challenged Binay to make sure that his SONA will be backed by data.

“It’s up to the Vice President whatever he wants to quote. He wants to quote from Andersen’s Fairy Tales, it’s up to him,” the Palace official said.

“Siguro tingnan muna niya ang sarili niya sa salamin at gayahin niyang ginagawa ni Boy Abunda,” Lacierda added.

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