It’s more fun in the Philippines come SONA time, and President Benigno Aquino’s sixth and last State of the Nation Address on Monday did deliver on that supposed fact on why it is in this country.
The fun, but one with a vengeful twist to it, began when the President again made a punching bag of now detained (hospital arrest) of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
It was nothing new, because Aquino has been doing it to the now ailing Arroyo since 2010, his first year in office.
Oops, he did it again (Give him a break, Britney)!
Then, there’s fun among fashion designers, who suited up the wives of senators and congressmen, on apparent bidding of organizers to do a Hollywood on Batasan Hills, spreading out the red carpet as if movie stars are stepping on it.
It’s only here in these parts where aging, okay, old, ladies of the House and the Senate try to outdo each other in sporting blings that would look better on their granddaughters.
Not to allow them to bring back yesteryear is to spoil their day and to prevent their possibly landing on Page 1 of newspapers (broadsheets or tabloids or whatever) a day or two after the SONA.
The State of the Union pales in comparison, but then we Filipinos prefer going overboard.
The real fun came at the end of the President of the Philippines’ more than two and a half hour speech (delivered from 4 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.).
And having the last laugh were militant lawmakers who flashed streamers as Aquino prepared to wrap up his speech, with one of them reading “Mapang-aping Asendero,” or “Oppressive Haciendero,” referring to Aquino, whose family owns the sugar estate Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac province, north of Manila.
The estate supposedly has been parceled out to sugar farmers.
Well, well, whose head’s gonna roll for that unfortunate breach of security by these lawmakers, apparently from Bayan Muna?
A day before the SONA, it was reported that 4,000 policemen were to secure the House of Representatives and its premises.
Well, well, again, it rained and literally so on the President’s parade.