Netizens divided over PNoy's primetime speech
MANILA - President Aquino drove local trends on social media Wednesday night after broadcasting an address to the nation carried by all television networks during primetime. The social media buzz centered on people’s reactions to Aquino’s defense of his administration's Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
Aquino, in his speech, cited different government institutions and projects that benefited from the DAP. He also defended his use of the President’s Social Fund. Toward the end of his speech, he warned those accused of involvement in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) corruption scandal against twisting the truth to defend themselves.
Halfway through his speech, right about when he quoted Archibald MacLeish, a famous American writer, in saying, “How shall freedom be defended? By truth when it is attacked by lies,” netizens were already taking to Facebook and Twitter to react with tweets, posts and comments in support of and against Aquino's speech.
On ABS-CBNnews.com's official Facebook page, some netizens expressed their support for Aquino, despite the drop in Aquino’s approval ratings.
"It is an eye-opener. Hindi lahat ay magnanakaw," Leonora Velardo said.
"He's trying to explain the things DAP have done to make our economy better. Though he did not say anything about abolishing the pork barrel system, what makes me glad is he's into what's right...Truth is, I'm on the side of the president on this one," Kiershane Joven said.
Demy Hernandez, in a lengthy Facebook comment, urged more people to support Aquino's fight against corruption: "I salute him. His speech tonight is timely for it will open the minds of those who do not believe in his sincerity to curve corruption in both houses of Congress and other government agencies. People should support him in this effort and must continue to remain vigilant and report whatever wrongdoing or graft and corrupt practices act committed in both the local and national levels of government."
On micro-blogging site Twitter, the words "Pnoy" and DAP" trended locally with thousands of netizens reacting to the relatively short speech.
Former congressman Teddy Casino, who uses the Twitter handle @teddycasino, tweeted, "Huh? Anyare?"
ABS-CBN broadcast journalist Lynda Jumilla or @lyndajumilla said, "Message clear: PNoy not letting go of president's social fund or so-called presidential pork barrel."
Twitter user @policarpio722 felt the speech didn't really answer anything. "#patrolpork nothing new. pointed fingers, justified his allowances, did not offer solutions, is PDAF abolished or not? What did he say?"
@Nhielskie drew comparisons: "PNoy's speech is better and straight to the point, kesa naman yung lumabas sa nat'l TV just to say "I am sorry".. #patrolpork #24oras #pdaf." This is an apparent reference to former President Gloria Arroyo, Aquino’s predecessor who also used a televised speech to address a major issue against her. Arroyo apologized in 2005 for a “lapse in judgment” after being accused of rigging elections a year earlier.
@who_is_van tweeted, "theme song ni PNoy: hugas-kamay! di kita aaminin (tune of hawak-kamay) hugas-kamay! #patrolpork."
@Erwin_Arc quipped, "Yung mga tinamaan sa pahayag ni PNOY, bigyan ng wheelchair! Now na! #scrappork #patrolpork."
Blogger-activist @tonyocruz posted, "This PNoy speech is an attempt to preempt not just the telenovelas, but also the DAP oral arguments at SC" with the hashtag, "#PNoyPantaserye".
Some alluded to ABS-CBN's newest television series, "Honesto", which tackles the story of a boy whose nose grows bulbous whenever he lies.
@nyjtolentino slyly tweeted, "President's Speech tapos Honesto right after, timely. Timely."
@miss_imanie even quoted the show, "May kulang sa speech ni PNoy. He should have ended his speech with "Honest to, Promise! " #patrolpork @TVPatrol @Solid_ABSCBN hahaha" This is a reference to a famous line from the Honesto program.
@NuncaVaderama said, "PNoy is my Favorite President. Sincere, honest, humble. He is our closest ally in the nation's fight against corruption! #Honesto"