Sunday, July 26, 2009

9th SONA: Most disinteresting but probably not the last for PGMA, labor group says

26 July 2009

A labor party-list group, Partido ng Manggagawa (PM), describes tomorrow’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Arroyo the most disinteresting one, but probably not her last.

“For one, nobody would try to listen to a valedictory address which leaves no meaning for the lives of the masang Pinoy as well as on the economic and political life of a nation long been longing for social change. For another, a desperate Gloria will not reveal her political plans in her SONA since tomorrow may not be her last,” said PM secretary-general Judy Ann Miranda.

Scorecards, according to Miranda, are not that relevant in tomorrow’s SONA because the President herself is aware of the awful truth that she failed to BEAT THE ODDS she boldly proclaimed in her previous SONAs. She also has no solution in averting the country’s drift towards recession.

The labor group believes that Mrs. Arroyo is not likely to step down to avoid prosecution and to protect the family’s investments, thus, “steps and schemes for extending herself beyond Constitutional limits are going to be very discreet especially if they are done through extraconstitutional way.”

PM was referring to published reports on the existence of a plot to set up a transition government being peddled to high government officials, the military and church leaders by no less than her national security adviser, Norberto Gonzales.

“Mas dapat basahin ang mga kilos at galaw ng administrasyon sa susunod na mga araw, kaysa sa mga istatistikang ihahapag niya ngayon,” said Miranda.

The group opposes the convening of Constituent Assembly to amend the Constitution. It also vows to defy another imposition of martial rule and is preparing their communities to any eventuality like this.

Tomorrow, PM members are joining the Laban ng Masa and Tindignation march from the Commission of Human Rights to Batasan. It's regional chapters in Ilo-ilo, Bacolod, Cebu, Davao, Geneal Santos and Iligan City will also hold their own actions.

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