Cardinal Vidal says P-Noy's SONA 'full of hope'

July 28, 2010 11:57 am 

CEBU CITY, July 28 – Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal said the first State of the Nation Address (Sona) of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III was "full of hope."

"As usual, it (the speech) was full of hope because of what has been uttered by the President," he told reporters Tuesday night after blessing the new Cadet (Character Aptitude Development Enhancement Training) and 4Ps (Pulis, pari, parokya, presinto) office at the Police Regional Office 7 headquarters in Cebu City.

"We'll see. Whatever accomplishments he will have remain to be seen. We pray and we hope these (pledges) would be realized," he added.

Vidal was referring to Aquino's pledge to end "wasteful use of government funds" and to institute changes, including streamlining the issuance of permits.

But the 79-year-old prelate said the speech was a general statement, noting there was no mention of the administration's stand on the reproductive health issue.

Cardinal Vidal hopes Aquino will discuss the reproductive health issue later.

"He may prefer to discuss this later on. Let him do his work," the prelate said.

But some Cebuano leaders echoed the sentiment of ordinary Cebuanos who complained of President Aquino's use of Tagalog throughout his speech.

Cebu Capitol consultant Rory Jon Sepulveda said he shares the opinion of Rep. Pablo John Garcia (Cebu, 3rd district) and Rep. Tomas Osmeña (Cebu City, south) that the Tagalog speech was difficult to understand.

Sepulveda admitted he watched the online video of the Sona over and over again so he could grasp Aquino’s message.

But he lauded the President for making the speech short, straight and simple.

“It was direct to the point,” Sepulveda said. (PNA)

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