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P-Noy's SONA: "Saan naman po dinala ang pera?" Says only 6.5% of our 2010 P1.54 trillion national budget remains
Published on: Jul 26, 2010 - 5:45pm
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In his first State of the Nation Address on July 26 around 4 p.m. at the Batasan Pambansa, President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III revealed that only 6.5 percent, or P100 billion out of P1.54 trillion of the 2010 national budget is left for the remaining five months of the year. "Saan naman po dinala ang pera?"

Aquino said 70 percent, or P1.4 billion, of the P2 billion Calamity Fund has already been spent. Out of the P108 million Calamity Fund of Pampanga, P105 million was allotted for one district. Pampanga is the home province of Former Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who is now the House Representative of the province' first district.

Aquino said, "Ibinigay po ang pondo ng Pampanga sa buwan ng eleksyon, pitong buwan pagkatapos ng Ondoy at Pepeng. Paano kung bumagyo bukas? Inubos na ang pondo nito para sa bagyong nangyari noong isang taon pa. Pagbabayaran ng kinabukasan ang kasakiman ng nakaraan."

In contrast, Pangasinan only received P5 million worth of Calamity Fund for the damages wrought by Typhoon Cosme in 2008.

Aquino also slammed the fund distribution among the higher-ups of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), who allegedly had P160.1 million in additional allowances and benefits last year. Aquino also compared the ordinary workers' 13th month pay to that of MWSS executives' more than 30 months' pay. He added that simply sitting in a meeting of the Board of Trustees and Board Committee is worth P14,000. "Lahat ng ito ay ibinibigay nila sa kanilang mga sarili habang hindi pa nababayaran ang mga pensyon ng kanilang mga retirees," he said, adding, "Kung mayroon pa silang kahit kaunting hiya na natitira--sana kusa na lang silang magbitiw sa puwesto."


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Aquino repeatedly pointed out a solution to increase the country's budget: public-private partnerships. For instance, he said certain people have shown interest in building an expressway from Manila to Cagayan Valley without the government spending a single cent. He also relayed a proposition to rent out the Navy Headquarters along Roxas Boulevard and the Naval Station at Fort Bonifacio for their nautically strategic locations.

The new president also pushed for the strengthening of the Witness Protection Program and the peace talks. "Tungkol naman po sa CPP-NPA-NDF: Handa na ba kayong maglaan ng kongkretong mungkahi, sa halip na pawang batikos lamang? Kung kapayapaan din ang hangad ninyo, handa po kami sa malawakang tigil-putukan. Mag-usap tayo."

In closing, Aquino said, "Ang mandato nating nakuha sa huling eleksyon ay patunay na umaasa pa rin ang Pilipino sa pagbabago. Iba na talaga ang situwasyon. Puwede na muling mangarap. Tayo nang tumungo sa katuparan ng ating mga pinangarap."

Read the full transcript of Aquino's almost 35-minute speech at GMANews.tv.

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25 Comments
  • boyd
    I'll be hoping for the best. Pero pnoy should be careful, the guy behind him....his son has a FERRARI!!! ^^
    Aug 02 2010 @ 11:19pm     Reply  
  • time for a change
    @ferdinand arroyo and peeping tomas... i totally agree with both of you...

    I am often told that I'm too young to understand completely the issues of our country but what they say wont stop me making my opinion heard or read...
    Personally I think that P-Noy's speech is simple but full of meaning... and for those Filipinos who complain about our new President's speech, I think they're all shitheads. Why not stop whining and try to o[en their minds that maybe, just maybe, he can make a difference no matter how small or big it is. The new administration is just starting so lets support it and hope that it will result to something good because mocking it won't help at all if we want changes to happen in this hectic country.
    Aug 01 2010 @ 11:41am     Reply  
  • tukneneng
    oo mrameng projects ang napunta dito sa pampanga pero mostly sa distrito lang ni gloria..

    xmpre pinaganda niya ung lugar kung san siya hahabol nung eleksyon..magpapabango si gloria sa mga tao niya dun..para lang iboto siya..

    eversince naman kase tiwali na sa gobyerno yang bansot na yan.. ngaung bago na administrasyon edi kasuhan na yang si bansot!.. wag na patagalin. idamay na pati asawa nia!
    Jul 29 2010 @ 03:15pm     Reply  
  • Engkris
    I appreciate NOY appears to be active in pursuing the corrupt officials from the previous adminstration. Following this intention, what are the corrective measures NOY will execute to eliminate corruption in his administration?
    Jul 28 2010 @ 11:27am     Reply  
  • Engkris
    Nakalulungkot na ipaalala sa atin ang mga katiwalian ng nakaraan tagapangasiwa. Subalit alam na natin ito. kaya nga hindi nanalo ang nauugnay kay GMA. Sana mayroon 2nd round ng SONA si NOY...now that he is done with stating the problems, maybe it is a good idea to proceed with the more important items...ACTION PLANS, DIRECTIONS and PROJECTIONS?
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    I hope this is not a case of providing the excuses for failure.
    Jul 28 2010 @ 10:59am     Reply  
  • SANA
    Aray!!
    Jul 27 2010 @ 12:20pm     Reply  
  • peeping tomas
    ...wow ang hirap naman ma-satsify ang ibang mga pilipino. nagexpose na si pnoy ng maga aktong katiwalian, pinangalanan ang mga kasali at sasabihing hahabulin ng gobyerno...kulang pa raw??

    ..imagine more than 100 million pesos calamity fund sa isang distrito ng pampanga na hinde nasalanta ng bagyo binigyan, samantala ang pangasinan na tinamaan ng matindi 5 million lang.
    hinde pa ba ito konkreto? pukpok niyo kaya sa ulo niyo.
    Jul 27 2010 @ 11:40am     Reply  
  • SANA
    The crabs smell delicious.
    Jul 27 2010 @ 09:53am     Reply  
  • angelbyday
    to sona women --

    uhhm....is the matrona-look the new black?


    :)
    Jul 27 2010 @ 07:27am     Reply  
  • Neneng

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    Jul 27 2010 @ 07:05am     Reply  
  • Ferdinand Arroyo
    PARA SA MGA DI NA-SHOCK:

    b*bo ba kayo para di mashock sa milyones na kinurakot ni pandak o sanay na sa kultura ng korapsyon?
    Jul 27 2010 @ 04:35am     Reply  
  • princess
    This is very transparent. Way better than the 'Bangkang Papel' themed SONA which sounded like a joke to me. I am beginning to trust the government with the new administration, sana magtuloy-tuloy na.
    Jul 27 2010 @ 12:05am     Reply  
  • Irene
    Those who complain and whine have no right to complain and whine if they are not involved and engaged citizens and channels of change.
    Jul 27 2010 @ 12:00am     Reply  
  • GIjane
    lol @ common... i smell it too. hehe
    Jul 26 2010 @ 10:52pm     Reply  
  • Tita Aida
    If there is any delicadeza left in the system of those mentioned, they should all resign immediately: GMA and executives of MWSS. The speech was not really outstanding but it comes from the heart and that is what is most important especially for the masses like those lining up for water rationing. Good luck PNoy. Now, it is time to roll up the sleeves and do the job of re-building. This nation can be great again.
    Jul 26 2010 @ 10:26pm     Reply  
  • jay-ar
    ive seen,hear, previos SONA of the former PRESIDENTS,their all the SAME,the MAIN OBJECTIVE are CHANGES,I HOPE it not ENDS in SONA only but THE (PRESIDENT NPNOY AQUINO) have to ACT & WORK HARD,
    Jul 26 2010 @ 10:22pm     Reply  
  • Common
    I smell crabs in this forum...big ones.
    Jul 26 2010 @ 10:18pm     Reply  
  • sachi
    nagtataka lang ako. nung senador b si noynoy, hindi nia alam yang mga katiwalian na yan? wala man lang nag-imbestiga o nakaamoy sa kanila eh sangkatutak sila na pinapasahod ng taumbayan?! at hindi man lang binanggit sa sona ang tungkol sa contractualization na luging-lugi ang "boss" nia. at ung tungkol sa negosyante na kinasuhan dahil sa tax, may mas malalaking negosyante pa dun na dapat nia habulin.
    Jul 26 2010 @ 10:15pm     Reply  
  • PurpleHaze
    Parang puro abstraction lang at may pagka agitprop ang tema ng SONA niya.Dapat the BUCK stops here sana!
    Jul 26 2010 @ 08:24pm     Reply  
  • pnoy misleading
    noynoy is very misleading. 6.5% is not really what's remaining because most of the remaining budget is already just allocated. Meaning, already appropriated.... Foolish as@#$le.

    His SONA is flat out dry. There's nothing concrete. Poor filipinos still hoping that noynoy will save them from poverty.
    Jul 26 2010 @ 08:08pm     Reply  
  • GG
    Bisaya man ko mao wala kaayo ko kasabot adtong iyang speech. Naa ray uban nga mga words akong masabtan pero dili gyud ingon nga kasabot ug ayo. Maayo na lang naay English translation sa iyang speech nga gihatag ngari: http://www.gmanews.tv/story/197030/sona-english-translation-of-pres-benigno-s-aquino-iiis-state-of-the-nation-address Hinay-hinay pud mo ug storya kay dili ra ba Tagalog ra ang mga gi-silbihan anang atong presidente. Makasulti mo abi ninyo kamo ra mga Pinoy...apila pud baya ang uban nga Pinoy intawon. :)
    Jul 26 2010 @ 07:22pm     Reply  
  • Pinoy Ako
    Philippine President delivering his speech in Tagalog -- which every Filipino understands.

    Thanks P-Noy, mabuhay po kayo.
    Jul 26 2010 @ 07:09pm     Reply  
  • erin
    i just wished he have more concrete and definite plans to solve our problem. i mean what he said, i've heard it all before. ok, we don't have money now, ano gagawin natin? he could have slashed the pork barrel....
    Jul 26 2010 @ 06:53pm     Reply  
  • Noy-P
    I was very proud to be Pinoy listening to P-Noy simply telling the truth the way no other president ever did. Except Cory of course.
    Jul 26 2010 @ 06:22pm     Reply  
  • Vina
    Bitin! Yun lang? Anong shocking doon?
    Jul 26 2010 @ 06:21pm     Reply  
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