Artistic Sentiments Against SONA 2012

When is it all right to use different sets of figures to make your point? Apparently, when the figures come from Malacañang.

President Benigno S. Aquino III’s use of last year’s statistics instead of this year’s when he reported on the crime situation in the country in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) last Monday was seen as the Administration’s way of deceiving the Filipino people.

Aquino said crime was in decline as shown by a decrease in the number of criminal incidents between 2009 and 2011. In 2009, about 500,000 crime incidents were reported but this went down by more than half last year when only 246,958 crimes were reported.

But just last week, the Philippine National Police (PNP) reported that crime in the National Capital Region had increased by 36 percent in the first six months of the year. There were 29,231 crime incidents reported from January to June compared to 18,672 reported in the same period last year.

At a press briefing, Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said Mr. Aquino did not mention the crime volume in the first half of this year because the data was still “incomplete,” compared to the full-year statistics the President did mention in his Sona, that is from 2009 to 2011. “The President was just trying to show the general downtrend of the crime rate, especially in particular areas,” Valte said.

Why then did the President use data from the first half of the year when he reported on the positive economic outlook of the country, Valte was asked. She replied by saying there was no intent by the Palace or Mr. Aquino to put a spin or slant on the economic situation.

“The President was very categorical, very clear on the periods covered by what he was saying,” she said.

Asked how the Palace could use economic figures from June this year and not use figures for crime for the same period in the SONA, Valte said: “It depends on what you are looking at.”

“What we wanted to do here was highlight the good things that happened in the past year but this does not mean that we would ignore the areas that need improvement,” she said in Filipino.

Asked if the President was aware of the police statistics for the first half of the year, Valte said she assumed the leadership of the PNP had informed him about it.

DILANG PILIPIT
created by an anonymous activist

“Dilang pilipit nararapat sa taong masungit
kala mo maka-tao pero yun pala di naman totoo
kaya sana’y magising ang bayan at huwag na papurihan
angkan na mapang-api tanging mahal nila ay salapi!

Ang daming sinasabi na nagawang magaganda
Yun pala ay pinili at di binanggit ang mga walang kuwenta
Ang daming sinasabing balak pa lang gawin
Kung hindi ba siya isang pangulong sinungaling

Report daw kay Boss ang kaniyang SONA
pero bakit wala naman tayong say kapag gusto nating pumuna
Di ba kung tayo nga ang boss ay may karapatan tayo
Na hanapan siya ng konkretong patunay ito

Kasama sa trabaho ng Pangulo iyan,
ang tumanggap ng kritisismo mula sa taong bayan
at makinig sa hinaing ng kaniyang sinasakupan
Upang marating nating ang nais patunguhan.

Huwag  naman natin i-baby ang ating pangulo,
tao lang yan at hindi naman perpekto
Nagkakamali din yan at nakakalimot sa mga pangako
kaya minsan dapat udyukan ng paalalang gaya nito.

Sino ba nagsabing umaasa tayo sa gobyerno?
Kaya nga sa katulad ng mga panahong bihira na ganito
pinapaalala natin sa kanya na may pakialam tayo
Mahalaga na ipakita na hangad natin ang pagbabago

Hawak niya ang command sa resources at pera ng bayan
Para iwasto ang paggamit nito, Siya ang may kakayahan
kaya sorry pero hindi pwedeng kung ano-ano lang
Makialam ka rin dapat para sa ikaaangat ng bayan.”

*Credits to Ang Gerilya for the street art photo above (Dilang Pilipit road painting)

“Dilang Pilipit! Handog na roadpaint ng Gerilya para sa People’s SONA 2012. Chill lang kami sa pagpipinta sa katirikan ng araw at habang may nagaganap na stampede at girian sa pagitan ng pulis at ralyista. Sa mga nainjure pala kahapon, hinahangad namin ang mabilis nyong paggaling. Congrats sa lahat ng mga nanindigang mamamayan!” – Ang Gerilya

TINUMBA NA SIYA
created by an anonymous critic

“Gitarista kong kaibigan,
anakbayan, lumaban, gumawa ng kanta,
nagpinta, nakibaka,
namahagi ng itinuturo nila.

Huminto sa pag aaral,
nakipagsapalaran sa bundok pero pagbalik ay bangkay na,
tikom ang bibig ng mga kasama niya
huling pag-uusap namin, umalis sa grupo ang gusto na niya

Siguro madami na siyang nalalaman sa bundok
kaya tinumba na siya sa isang sulok
Sa mundo nga ngayon di mo malalaman
kung sino talaga ang tunay mong kaibigan”

“May harang ang ‘Tuwid na Daan” ni Pnoy… Hinaharangan ang mga tunay na hinaing ng mamamayan at hinahadlangan ng harang na ito ang tunay na Pagbabago!”

“Sino ba naman ang hindi gusto magsumikap,, pero sa ginagawa ng gobyerno at ng amo nitong mga dayuhang imperyalista, kahit anong pagsusumikap mo ay walang mangyayari, baybayin mo kasaysayan, huwag magpakatanga, tanga!”

“Well, huwag na lang maki-rally kung mangugulo lang, kung tutuusin karamihan ay apatetiko, ano ba iniisip nila sa SONA? Wala. Masaklap galit sa aktibista pero galit kay Aquino, hipokrito.”

“Balakid yan sa mga utak na makitid. Ang kahirapan ay ginagamit ngunit ayaw nila magsikap kaya sa gobyerno tinutuon ang galit. Tama namang punahin ang mali pero isipin rin ang kasabihan pag may tiyaga may nilaga pag nagbanat ng buto may bunga.”

‎”Sa kanya-kanya nating paningin,
Ibat-iba ang hinaing
Iwasan na lang po natin ang makapanakit
Dahil walang tunay na madadaig
Kung emosyon ang magpipilit.”

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