A feast of accomplishments will be presented. Significant people will jam-pack the whole assembly. Claps will be numbered. Standing ovations will be tallied. Red carpets will be rolled out for head-turner and eye-catcher gowns and suites. When everything is settled, a man in a dirty-white barong approaches the stage and stops on an elevated rostrum. Light here. Lights there. All eyes are set. All ears are lent. And the Oscars of Politics will begin in 4,3,2,1. Then, silence.
Another significant day will mark another milestone for us Filipinos. The state of the nation will again be assessed. If you find yourself submerging in an array of words for than an hour, where power is measured through achievements, promises are recollected, broken vows are reconsidered, and new short-term and long-term platforms are added; then you should probably be listening to the most awaited day in the Philippine politics, the State of the Nations Address (SONA).
This year, on the fourth SONA of His Excellency President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, what are we expecting to hear? And what are those we don’t want to hear anymore? Will there be clichés? or will there be something fresh to add up in our politics vocabulary?
If you read this newspaper before the SONA, then you should prepare yourself with pen and paper to take down notes tomorrow. If you happen to read this late but have listened to the President’s speech, then you might have a lot of questions in your mind now- some are answered, other are left unresolved. But if you did not hear a single word from the discourse and didn’t even find any way to figure out what was it all about , then you are probably one of those who’ll wait for the next SONA to come.
Yes, there will be people like that. People who don’t care about what the President will say or have said or what the government will do or has done to them. Because for them, everything is but a solitary journey. We can’t blame them for that. Circumstances made them that kind of a person. BUT we can empower them. We can actually change their views.
Let’s ask ourselves: How do we assess the country? Are we happy with what is happening? Is the future not vague for us? Of course, it will all vary depending on certain factors like age, civil status, educational attainment, and earnings. All these contribute in shaping our opinion about the socio-political status of the country. But for as long as we voice out our sentiments, it means there is movement, there is friction, there is result. After all, people will never be contented with what they see or what they hear. But if discontentment would only mean striving for the better, then there is nothing wrong with having to share our sentiments.