Even before Vice President Jejomar Binay delivers his planned “true” state of the nation address (Sona), Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda already assumed that it would be bereft of accuracy and truthfulness.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, July 29, Lacierda, who earlier engaged Binay’s spokesman Joey Salgado in a verbal exchange, even turned sarcastic and suggested: “Siguro tingnan muna niya ang sarili niya sa salamin at gayahin niyang ginagawa ni Boy Abunda.”
Lacierda was referring to a gay showbiz talk show host who is a known supporter of President Aquino.
At the same time, Lacierda cited that President Aquino’s Sona was based on statistical records and actual accomplishment reports from various agencies.
“The State of the Nation Address of the President is, by the way, supported by a SONA Technical Report. There is a Technical Report that is put out for everyone to see the basis for the President citing those figures. So they are all based on figures and statistics,” he said.
“It’s up to the Vice President whatever he wants to quote. He wants to quote from Andersen’s fairy tale or Grimm’s? It’s up to him,” he added.
Unsatisfied with what President Benigno Aquino III said in his final SONA, Binay vowed to deliver his counter SONA in the coming days.
Binay criticized the President for his “unstatesman-like” actions for taking potshots at his political enemies.
He also followed it with “e di wow!” expression, which Aquino used in his SONA, deriding the ‘gaganda ang buhay” slogan of Binay.
Asked if he will watch Binay’s nation address, Lacierda said it will depend on his schedule. “Kung may meeting ako [hindi].”