Clearly (though obviously not highlighted in most media outlets), the credibility of the Office of the President had been severely compromised by this bahala na SONA as the Manila Bulletin reports...
The National Association of Lawyers for Justice and Peace (NALJP) noted that the President’s credibility has been placed in serious jeopardy as a result of the wrong information he aired in his SoNA.
“Where is President Aquino getting his facts and figures? How can we be sure now of the accuracy and truth of whatever the administration will say?” the NALJP said in a statement sent to the media.
A few of the flawed points of the SONA were highlighted in the report:
Calamity fund given to former President Gloria Arroyo's district in Pampanga - P105m of the P200m remains "intact and undisbursed".
Alleged illegal housing project for MWSS personnel at the La Mesa Watershed -- evidence of legality presented and area shown to be "no longer part of the watershed".
Supposed depletion of the National Budget shown to be an exaggeration by Budget Secretary Florencio Abad himself.
The NALJP statement included this blunt call:
“The people have a right to know who is responsible and why. If nobody will be held responsible, then this administration should not be surprised if its credibility will be highly suspect, to say the least,” the statement said.
It added: “This administration is supposed to be on a reform agenda. How come they have been caught lying and misleading the people this early?”
Pressure pushing down on me
Pressing down on you no man ask for
Under pressure - that burns a building down
Splits a family in two
Puts people on streets...
(Sang by David Bowie together with Queen)