Yes, the president had said her last SONA. I hope it’s really the last. As usual it is full again of her accomplishments. Little was said about the true state of the Nation. She had a very nice speech according to the Chief Magistrate of the land; but he declined to comment when asked if the President is no longer interested to hold power in the government.
But the president’s son and husband who rated her high on her SONA said the president is no longer interested to extend her term beyond 2010. Her critics on the other hand demand a more categorical statement like that of former president Cory Aquino when she said in her last SONA she’s no longer interested to be a president. But president Gloria Arroyo is no Cory Aquino. She’s in a fighting mood as she gave “cheap swipe” (as Senator Pia Cayetano term it) to her critics unnecessarily.
But the hardest hit was Senator Mar Roxas who was not even in Congress, and earlier said he’s not attending the SONA, but busy directing traffic along with the MMDA.
“Pursuant to law, I am placing other drugs under a maximum retail price. To those who want to be President, this advice: If you want something done, do it hard, do it well. Don’t pussyfoot. Don’t pander, and don’t say bad words in public. Just do it.”
While she commended some people in Congress for the Cheaper Medicine Law, the author of the Senate version of the Cheaper Medicine Act was never mentioned nor credited for his job and advocacy. It is obvious that she wanted to hit back with this presidentiable (Mar Roxas) who frequently criticize the Arroyo’s administration in the open.
Give credit to whom credit is due; an adage we were told to learn and practice since elementary. But during the SONA the president may have forgotten it devoiding the Senator of the recognition for his passion in advocating and legislating for cheaper and affordable medicines for the poor. Anyway the Senator just tried to ignored it (although hurting inside), it does not matter anymore whether he was recognized or not for his efforts in legislating such law. He had one thing in mind, let the president sign the guidelines and implement it.
Giving Thanks to the Lord
“For they refreshed my spirit and yours also. Such men deserve recognition” (1 Corinthian 16:18).
Usually we thank and give recognition whenever possible for people’s efforts and initiative in promoting the interest of man and society. But there are also ocassions when we forgot too and fail to recognize people of their deeds in our favor. Such incident, unfortunately, have already caused so much troubles to some and even breaking up relationships of people.
It pays really to thank, acknowledge, and recognized people’s efforts. Even God commended those who have done something good for the Glory of His name. But sometime hatred and envy prevent us from being grateful to one another.
But what is really more disturbing is when we praise ourselves but have forgotten the hands that provided all the power behind human achievements–GOD. Do we give thanks in prayers to the LORD who reigns forver and blessed us with all these achievements in life?
The LORD reigns forever;
He has established his throne for judgment.
He will judge the world in righteousness;
he will govern the peoples with justice.
The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
Those who know your name will trust in you,
for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.