‘Worth fighting for’

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014


PRESIDENT Noynoy Aquino’s 91-minute fifth State of the Nation Address (Sona) delivered on Monday before a joint session of the Senate and the House of Representatives was applauded 85 times.

The applause was loudest when PNoy teared up and his voice cracked, saying, “As we tread on the straight path, you chose what is good and what is right; you remained true to me—and I remain true to you.”

The fifth Sona was delivered when PNoy’s popularity rating was at an all-time low.

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PNoy’s father, the late senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. made famous the line, “The Filipino is worth dying for.” He was later assassinated upon arrival at the Manila (now Ninoy Aquino) International Airport.

Three years later, his widow, Corazon, was swept to the presidency in a four-day bloodless uprising in February 1986 now known as the Edsa Revolution.

In Monday’s Sona, PNoy said, “As long as our faith and trust is complete, and as long as we become each other’s strengths, we will continue to prove that ‘the Filipino is worth dying for,” “the Filipino is worth living for,” and I will add: ‘The Filipino is worth fighting for.’”

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PNoy was optimistic his “daang matuwid” (straight path) program could extend far beyond his six-year term so long as the public would choose the path of “transformation” and pick his rightful successor in 2016.

The matter on the rightful successor is very important. As he said, “I fully believe that, whether I am here or not, the Filipino is headed towards the rightful destination.”

Otherwise, PNoy’s destination would be like those of two former presidents.

But PNoy was silent on the Supreme Court which declared his Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) unconstitutional and did not gloat in sending three senators to jail. He also did not blame former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for the country's woes this time.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 30, 2014.

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