The true meaning of the President's SONA

July 27, 2009 9:56 am 

By Joel C. Atencio

MANILA, July 27 — Historians and political analysts have said that detractors who try all means to poison the minds of the Filipino people regarding the President's State-of-the-Nations Address (SONA) should think twice because they are not only besmirching the name of the country's foremost official, but the sacredness of the Philippine Constitution which is the fundamental law of the land.

Hence, Filipinos, they say, must take note of the legislators who are announcing to one and all that they are boycotting Monday's ninth SONA of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, much more those who are urging others to do the same.

The SONA or the "Talumpati sa Kalagayan ng Bansa" is an annual event in the Republic of the Philippines in which the country's President reports to the Filipino people the status of the nation, normally during the joint opening session of the two chambers of Congress –the Senate and the House of Representatives.

This is a duty of the President as stated in Article VII, Section 23 of the 1987 Constitution, which states, "The President shall address the Congress at the opening of its regular session. He may also appear before it at any other time."

SONA 2009 marks the 73rd anniversary of the State-of-the Nation Address in the Philippines and the 9th SONA of President Arroyo.

Contrary to the allegations and sour graping of the detractors, the President's July 27 SONA will be a scorecard of the President's many accomplishments and fulfillment of the past SONA targets, no lies at all but presentation of facts as the beneficiaries themselves would testify, how hard the President, with the support of the Filipino people, has been working.

Never been known to be one who runs away from challenges, President Arroyo's July 27 SONA is expected to center on the breakthroughs of her priority projects, education, economy, environment, peace and security.

The President will show through the tangible results in the delivery of government services that have benefited the Filipino people, how the Philippines, a government on the move, has marked and continues to move towards progress by swift sure steps despite the turbulent state of global economies. (PNA Feature) scs/JCA

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