“No matter how good [President Aquino’s] SONA was, it seems many issues were not given clarity. The data and statistics mentioned do not reflect the real situation of our countrymen, especially the masses,” Senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito on his Monday privilege speech, a Counter-SONA.
“I stand now to relay the voices of the ordinary citizens, those impoverished in the streets, the farmers, our countrymen still mired in poverty, and those suffering daily from the weight of living.”
“The low quality and lack of infrastructure in the country results in heavy traffic which is also a reason for the slow economy.”
“The people believe that the economic gains being trumpeted are not being felt because there is no trickle-down effect,” Senator Ejercito added. “For the people, these are just statistics and empty words of the administration meaning the growth has not been inclusive.”
Senator Vicente Sotto III, acting minority leader, said Ejercito’s speech was just his personal views. “He has our support but the contents of his privilege speech did not come from us.” Sotto admitted there is no data to counter statistics presented by Aquino on his SONA.
“Together with the other members of the minority, we felt that the President was sincere in what he said in his speech about wanting to move the nation to progress.”
Minority leader Senator Juan Ponce Enrile who is detained declined to write a counter-SONA.