State of the Nation: New Possibilities Amidst Crisis

Posted on July 30, 2005 - 9:42pm :: Editorial
By Nicanor Perlas 26 July 2005 The SMS messages on the State of the Nation Address (SONA) by "President" Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) said it all. "The SONA was full of sh..!", blurted one angry message. "She is a sociopath", echoed another. Another SMS message disagreed. "GMA's SONA is full of hope". Division and Crisis This brief flurry of messages captured, in essence, the current situation of the Philippines. It graphically portrayed the deep division in perception and attitude that is slowly but surely deconstructing all key institutions of Philippine society. TV images of the Speaker of the House, Jose de Venecia, applauding wildly, while, beside him, sat a taciturn and emotionless Senate President, Franklin Drilon, further reinforced the widening divide in the political leadership of the country. This widespread division is creating a confused nation. Whom shall the people believe? Where does the truth lie? Unfortunately, the SONA of GMA did not bring clarity to the situation.