Sunday, August 18, 2019

Editorial: Waiting for Sona, not

THE day started like any day when the President was to deliver his State of the Nation Address (Sona). Except that, the House of Representatives decided to grab the limelight.

With the Sona already an hour late, we no longer know where to focus.

The way Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez has been leading the Lower House, we knew he had it coming. The House, after all, is made up of over a hundred elected representatives who may often be ridiculed as a group but actually have brilliant minds in there who know that there are things that should not be tolerated, including a House leadership like the immediate past.

Whatever happens after the Sona, we can only call on the congressmen to settled down and go back to work as representatives of their people and not as protectors of their own self-interests as they are often perceived to be.

It is apparent since Day One that the President's popularity and trust rating is independent of the Congress and what they are doing there. They have to work on their relevance and importance through how they do their job.

The Sona even called on the legislative to do their job, and that was underlined in the promised end to job contractualization. It called on the Cabinet to deliver the inclusive growth that was also promised. That he pointed out that raising taxes is not enough delivers the message that having the revenue to spend is but the first step. The end in view is inclusive growth.

The promise was simple, really, everybody works for the betterment of all. Not just the rich as all other governments have been benefitting.

The Sona tried to cover everything from taxes to mining to Bangsamoro Basic Law to job contractualization, to rice, but all these underline only one message: Work for inclusive growth.

Let us hope that the Congressmen were truly listening and not just waiting for the speech to end so that they can change the House leadership as they have wanted to.


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