- A Telenovela – some say it was simply a part of a telenovela, a mere storytelling. It was not a simple story to me narrated for the pleasure of those who listened but disclosed for all Filipinos to hear what transpired partly during the Arroyo administration. Only a part was disclosed but it gave a shock to many Filipinos and was shrugged off by Gloria Arroyo’s allies.
- Short of Content and Relevance – some say that the SONA fell short. A lot of sectors were expecting that their concerns will be mentioned but unfortunately they weren’t. I think this is understandable. The president stuck to the plan of giving out a SONA that is short and straight to the point. If all concerns will be covered, a day is not enough considering that he laid out the line about corruption and anomalies. If most of the sectors were already afflicted with graft and corruption, then 24 hours are not enough.
- No Concrete Solution – some say that they were waiting for a more solid solution to the issues that were presented but the SONA fell short again with the expectation. I should say that this is partly true. There were plans but no specifics were given. Though I have to give him the benefit of the doubt that this was intentional.
The speech is short. But it really does not matter to me. Gloria Arroyo had given long speeches, beautiful promises, concrete plans, etc. but the Philippines that she first got hold of become the Philippines that has the worst condition. They can have a litany of their projects and achievements but the truth of the pudding is in the eating, and this, by the way, means that those could have been felt by the littlest of the citizenry. Only those who were near the furnace felt the heat, and this, by the way again, means only a few enjoyed what could have been enjoyed by every Filipino.