Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Albayanos hail SONA, defend President Aquino from critics
By Connie B. Destura

LEGAZPI CITY, July 27 (PNA) -- The sixth and last State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Benigno Aquino III elicited positive reactions from a cross-section of the Albay community.

Netizen Kevin Lopez de Vera posted in his Facebook account: “I am happy with PNoy's SONA.”

There is no perfect president, Bicol University professor Dennis Remolacio Mirabueno, said on the SONA.

"And even when he has done right, it is usually what is negative that gets the focus. Yes, PNoy has many flaws and shortcomings but I still believe he has done something good for the country," Mirabueno said.

The SONA is over and surely, many will give criticisms but he hopes that the critics should also give credit to the right things President Aquino has done, he added.

"To those angry with PNoy, will their anger die down in the next administration or the same situation will exist?" the professor asked.

Sharahden Destura of Smoke Free Albay Network, one of those unemployed before and now employed in the Provincial Government of Albay, said she is now enjoying the benefits of the various programs and projects of the Aquino administration implemented through Albay Governor Joey Sarte Salceda.

Lawyer Melissa Abadeza, Legazpi City councilor, however, lamented that the President's critics protested the SONA right after the speech in Congress.

“Everyone has his own point of view of things but saying 'booo' after the speech of the President with those placards doesn't make them better than the President. Let us respect him, after all, no matter how small or big he may have done to perform his duty, I strongly believe he has done his best. Wala na talagang nagustuhan ang ibang tao. Hindi rin siguro madaling maging Presidente ng Pilipinas na puro problema. And worst, mga tao na sobra magpaproblema,” Abadeza said.

Also, the mention of the Bicol University (BU) by President Aquino made Albayanos proud.

BU students shouted as President Aquino said third year accounting students of the university are already recruited by accounting and auditing firms.

Meanwhile, Christene Dayap Villanueva, married to a Bicolano, said: "For 13 years, we had been deprived of electricity in our native land, with the Aquino administration, pag-uwi ko sa San Isidro, Kidapawan City, meron na. Masaya kami. Maraming pagbabagong nangyari hindi na tulad nang dati (For 13 years, we had been deprived of electricity in San Isidro, Kidapawan City; but with the Aquino administration, we already had when I went home. We are happy. Many has been done already unlike before). (PNA) LAP/FGS/CBD/EDS