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President Arroyo’s State of the Nation Address

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Arroyo gave her State of the Nation (SONA) address a few days ago amid protests (I took part in one in front of the San Francisco Philippine consulate) all over the country (around 5,000 people in Metro Manila alone). Here is some of the news coming from the Philippines:

ABS-CBN has a few interesting articles, one on the New People’s Army (Communist Party of the Philippines armed wing) and the Communist Party of the Philippines:

The Communist Party of the Philippines on Tuesday said it has ordered the New People’s Army to intensify tactical offensives against government forces and installations.

“Arroyo is displaying all-out fascist arrogance in asserting the full force of the state’s coercive instrumentalities. With the Human Security Act in her hands, she mistakenly believes that she can silence the Filipino people’s intensifying clamor for her ouster,” he said.

Rosal said the truth is “Mrs. Arroyo’s hold on power is weak.” He said the President’s hold on power depends on the military.

Another article on the Catholic Bishop’s of the Philippines response:

Catholic bishops on Tuesday gave a mixture of reactions to the seventh State of the Nation Address of President Arroyo on Monday, ABS-CBN News reported.

Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz, a former president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, said the SONA Monday was “as usual, an extremely hopeful and super positive in spirit [speech].” Cruz is a critic of the President.

Cruz said the accomplishment report and the predictions Mrs. Arroyo gave is “not only physically but also morally impossible for her administration to achieve”.

“The implication is that she may not stop ruling in 2010 that she feels she has to go on and on and on,” said a wary Cruz regarding Mrs. Arroyo’s statement that the Philippines would become a first world country by the next two decades.

The Manila Bulletin reports:

Opposition Senators Aquilino Q. Pimentel Jr. and Panfilo Lacson will not attend the State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) of President Arroyo at the opening of the 14th Congress at the Batasang Pambansa complex on Monday, July 23.

Pimentel, the Senate Minority leader in the 13th Congress, said attending the SONA will just be “a waste of time.”


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