MANILA - Senator Sergio Osmena III said he would tell President Benigno Aquino III to do a Gloria Macapagal Arroyo during his public address later on Monday.
Osmena told reporters during the Kapihan sa Diamond Hotel: “Dapat gayahin niya si Gloria and say, I am sorry.”
Arroyo uttered those famous words at the height of the “Hello, Garci” scandal in 2005.
Aquino, this time, is drawing flak due to the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), provisions of which were declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
The televised address on Monday comes at a time when his approval ratings have gone to new lows, based on surveys done by both Pulse Asia and the Social Weather Stations (SWS).
“I have said that if I were the political handler of the President, the first thing I would do is deliver a speech before the SONA. Call it 'Ulat sa Bayan' and explain the DAP, para hindi na mag-get in the way of the SONA [State of the Nation Address]. The SONA has to be prospective, it shall talk about the legislative agenda, what he would do in the last 2 years of his term,” he said.
He added someone should also take the blame for the DAP fiasco, specifically Budget Secretary Florencio Abad.
“You know, I think that we have to judge the people's pulse, and they're looking for somebody to blame. And normally, a loyal knight would fall on his sword for the king, hindi ba? Hindi naman hara kiri, hindi naman suicide, but he would fall on his sword, like Secretary Bobby Romulo who had no direct involvement in the Flor Contemplacion case, but he took the blame and said, 'Sige, mag-re-resign na lang ako,” he added.
Meanwhile, leftist groups said they expect “lies and half-truths” during Aquino’s prime time address.
Kabataan Party-list Rep. Terry Ridon said Aquino will use the “economic stimulus card” to defend the DAP tonight.
“President Aquino thinks that he still has an ace up his sleeve, that the economic impact of DAP would be his saving grace. But he is out of luck, as even the World Bank has belittled the effects of DAP to the Philippine economy,” Ridon said.
“It would not come as a surprise if Aquino devotes a lot of airtime to ram the idea of DAP being beneficial to the economy to the minds of Filipinos. That is why we’ll go ahead and point out that this notion is a mere half-truth based on an erroneous interpretation of a report of the World Bank,” he added.
Ridon’s group is planning to file an impeachment complaint against Aquino.
Osmena, who has expressed his disgust over the management skills of Aquino, believes the impeachment move won't prosper and that the president will finish his term.
“Wala iyan. That will not prosper. Marami naman diyan may galit sa kanya kaya file lang ng file ng impeachment complaint,” Osmena said.