Officials shared mixed reactions and expectations after hearing President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s State of the Nation Address (SONA).
Senator Pia Cayetano:
Senator Pia Cayetano, suggested that it would have been better if the President gave detailed programs to justify his concerns.
“As legislator, I need the specific details so that I would know where I can help him,” Cayetano said. She is also a bit dissatisfied for not hearing about the social issue of Reproductive Health (RH) Bill, however, she hopes that President Aquino would pay attention on the different issues he failed to talk about.
Senator Edgardo Angara:
For Sen. Edgardo Angara, he said that if he would write his speech he would have focused more on movements that would upsurge the competitiveness of Filipinos.
“We need to increase our competitiveness in the industry so that we can meet up with the global competition be it in agricultural or e-commerce,” Angara said.
Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño:
Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño said that it appeared to be no development from President Aquino’s first SONA.
“A key measure for this is the Freedom of Information Bill which would help even his own administration to avoid the mistakes of the past,” Casiño said.
Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV:
On the other hand, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV said that he was “very satisfied” with the President’s report given the inadequate time and resources that the government has.
“This translated to investors’ confidence and hopefully more jobs. We cannot expect to achieve everything at this point but we are happy that he (Aquino) has plans and direction,” Trillanes said.
Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros:
Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros is hopeful that President Aquino would continue his support to the passage of RH bill. She said that Aquino’s speech was “fair” and much better than the SONA he made last year.
Senador Jinggoy Estrada:
Sen. Jinggoy Estrada also expressed his satisfaction to President Aquino’s fight against corruption. However, he was expecting to hear creation of jobs and more plans on infrastructure progress for the advantage of the Filipino people.
“I am very satisfied and he (Aquino) is just true to himself in expressing his fight against corruption. We look forward that more would be prosecuted,” Estrada said.