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‘Capiz not in SONA due to late reports’

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By Ralph John Mijares and Edalyn Acta

 

ROXAS CITY— Hours before President Benigno Aquino III’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 28, The Capiz Times went out to the community and asked what “his bosses” had to say.


Rey Villegas, a lumpia vendor of Brgy. Culajao here said that Aquino should work on making the grassroots feel the effects of the country’s growing economy because prices of commodities continue to rise.


He is “okay” with Aquino’s leadership, but suggested that Aquino should work on making prices affordable.


“Wala pa gid nabatyagan sang pumuluyo ang pagasenso (The people could not yet feel the economic progress),” he said.


Jonard Francisco, public information officer of Kadamay, a group representing the poor from Brgy. Culasi, also wants prices of commodities be reduced.


Some families are unable to send their kids to school; neither could they eat three full meals daily, according to Francisco.


“Maayo na nga makakaon sila isa ka beses sa isa ka adlaw (Some would be fortunate enough if they can eat once a day),” he said.

 

More job opportunities with higher pay should also be offered, Francisco said.


Further, Jobert Carandang of Hukbong Transport Capiz, wants the oil deregulation law and value-added tax from petroleum be removed.


Carandang, a native of Manila married to a Capiceña, gave Aquino a rating of “two out of ten” because he “did not do his job well.”


“Sabi niya na tayo ang boss niya, pero parang nalimutan na niya (Aquino said that we are his bosses, but it seems he had forgotten about it),” he said.


Aquino should prioritize programs alleviating poverty, Carandang said.


Meanwhile, some 10,000 people joined the protest of the Bayan Capiz, marking the president’s SONA, because of rain and lack of vehicles to accommodate the number of participants, according to its spokesperson Kashmer Diestro.


Senior Supt. Ulysses Caton, Capiz provincial police chief said that only 2,000 people joined. Protesters from different municipalities and parts of the city assembled in different convergence points through the province before heading to the bandstand at the Roxas City plaza.

 

Meanwhile, to show their silent protest to the administration, local court employees also wore black during the SONA.


Capiz capitol employees were very happy when the national TV camera panned to Capiz Gov. Victor Tanco.


After Aquino’s one and half hour speech, Capiz was not at all mentioned despite the fact that the province was also devastated by Supertyphoon Yolanda.


In a radio interview, Tanco said that until now they are still collecting the recovery plans from the different municipalities.


Among others, Sangguniang Panlalawigan Secretary Zoe Herrera said that this year’s teary-eyed SONA of PNoy only indicates that he is just human.


Giving Aquino 7 out of 10, Herrera said that even though there are promises in the 2013 SONA that he was not able to fulfill, Filipinos could not rely all things onto the government.

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