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NOONG Lunes isinagawa ang ikalimang SONA ni Rodrigo Roa Duterte na sa pag-aakala ko ay ika-apat pa lang. Dahil nasa pang-apat na taon pa lang siya bilang presidente. Pero kung isasama mo ang “First 100 Days” na SONA din pala, e tama pang-lima nga, kaya nagpapaumanhin ako sa mga nagbabasa ng kolum na ito, at ‘eka nga ng nasirang basketball referee Igmidio Cahanding “no blood no foul.”

 

Ngayon, tungkol sa naganap na SONA, marami sa mga mamamayan ang umaasa na magbibigay si Duterte ng maliwanag at kongketong solusyon sa ekonomiya lalo na’t apat na buwan na tayong sinasalanta ng pandemyang COVID-19.

 

Pero mali ako. Simula pa lang ng SONA, inumpisahan ni Duterteng tirahin ang mga kritiko niya.

 

Napilitan akong panoorin ang SONA dahil gusto ko magbigay ng pahayag. Ang impresyon ko?

 

Himayin natin ang mahigit sa isang oras na talumpati ni Duterte at i-breakdown natin. Tinira niya mga kritiko niya partikular si Franklin Drilon. Sinabi niya sa mga OFW na nandiyan lang ang pamahalaan niya, bumanat sa oligarchs, pero sabi niya hindi lahat ng oligarchs masama, binanatan ang ABS-CBN, binanatan ang Lopez family, pinuri si Xi Jin Ping, hiniling sa Tsina na dito i-testing ang COVID-19 vaccine, pinuri si Bong Go at sabi siya raw ang “safe sky” niya at panatag ang kanyang kalooban sa piliin niya, pinuri ang Tsina, droga, droga at droga pa rin ang salot, isinulong ang death penalty, matatag ang ekonomiya kahit may COVID-19, papatayin niya ang lumaban sa kanya at inutil siya.

 

Dito nagawa niyang bantaan ang Globe at PLDT Group at binantaan na kukunin nang sapilitan ang kanilang ari-arian kung hindi sila umayos. Puwedeng gawin ito kung ang mga ari-arian ay gagamitin ng gobyerno katulad ng right-of-way kapag gagawa ng daan ang DPWH. Pero hindi puwedeng kunin ang ari-arian ng isang pribadong kompanya upang ibigay sa isang napupusuang pribadong kompanya.

 

Ang tinutukoy ko po rito ang third telco na Dito Telecoms na pag-aari ni Dennis Uy na taga-Davao at China Telecoms. Heto po ang saloobin ng kaibigan natin sa bote’t boligrapo na si Philip Lustre na dinagdagan ko ng pangunahing mga salita sa Ingles:

 

 

“When it comes to expropriation of property the law is very clear that except for establishing right-of-way the government can expropriate private assets for the use of government, the government cannot expropriate private assets that is to be given to a favored private entity. This are the travails of third telco Dito Telecom. Here is Philip Jr Lustre’s take which I filched and reposted with many thanks.

 

“IT was not an attempt of a shakedown to milk the two telecommunications conglomerates – Globe Telecom and PLDT Group – of their resources. Delivering his State of the Nation Address on Monday afternoon, Rodrigo Duterte was saying he wanted the expropriation early next year of their assets to give them to his Chinese friends, who are having a hard time to putting up Dito Telecommunity, the third telco to compete against the two giant telcos.

 

“Camouflaging his intention of their expropriation by saying “the people wanted improvement of the services” of the two telecommunications giants, Duterte appeared bent to deliver the coup de grace in 2021 by strongly hinting to Congress that it would play a role in the enactment of a major legislation that could lead to their expropriation…

“Expropriation is defined as the act of a government to claim privately owned property against the wishes of the owners, ostensibly to be used for the benefit of the general public.

 

“On the first question, Dito Telecom is currently behind schedule on the rollout of its infrastructure. It is near to impossible to meet its obligations, commitments, and requirements specified in its Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN), which serves as the contract between the government and the telecom firm.

 

“Addressing a Senate public hearing on July 1, Adel Tamano, chief administrative officer, said Dito Telecom was having a hard time fulfilling the terms and conditions specified in its CPCN. Tamano cited the adverse effects of the pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus for Dito Telecom’s inability to meet its commitments in the CPCN. He blamed the delay to movement restrictions caused by strict lockdown measures from mid-March until the end of May 2020.

 

“’The COVID-19 and lockdowns prevented us from our full rollout. With the subsequent easing of different lockdown situations, we are doing our best to get back on track,’ Tamano said. Also, the pandemic has affected China, which is Dito Telecom’s main source of technological knowhow and raw materials, including the rolling stocks for its construction and infrastructure works.”

 

Sa totoo lang. Ang SONA na ito ay alingawngaw ng lahat ng SONA na ginawa ni Mr. Duterte, iisa ang sinabi, iisa ang pangako at iisa ang banta.

 

Sa totoo lang ang SONA ay paulit-ulit si Mr. Duterte at parang nakikinig ako sa isang alcoholic na sunog na ang utak sa alkohol. Maiinis ka, matatawa ka pero bandang huli maaawa ka. Maaawa kay Mr. Duterte, pero mas maaawa ka sa bayan at ano ang kahihinatnan nito sa ilalim ng pamamalakad ng isang inutil, duwag, at traydor na kasintulad ni Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

 

Kasihan nawa tayong lahat ng Poong Kabunyian at iligtas tayo mula sa pangil ng asong ulol.

 

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