MANILA – Satirist Mae Paner, popularly known as ''Juana Change'', admitted she was hurt by President Benigno Aquino III's comment about his critics during his State of the Nation Address (SONA).
She also said that she had a short conversation with one of the President's sisters after the SONA.
In his fifth SONA on Monday, Aquino said his loudest critics are those who are opposed to reforms by the government.
''Itong maiingay na ito, sadyang isinasara ang isip at namumuhay sa sariling mundo at realidad. Habang nakikita ang pagbabago sa lipunan, nangyayari na nga ang ating inasahan: lalong dumadalas, lalong umiinit, at lalong tumitindi ang pag-atake nila sa atin,'' Aquino said in his speech.
''Habang lumilinaw ang benepisyo ng reporma, pahirap nang pahirap ang pag-asang magtagumpay ang panlilinlang nila, kaya't nagtatanim sila ng duda. Desperado na sila."
This part of the President's speech apparently did not sit well with Paner, who was once a supporter of the Aquino administration before turning into an administration critic.
''The way he framed it is parang ang sasama ng mga kritiko, sila 'yung sagabal sa progreso… Sa pagkakasalita ni PNoy kahapon at kung paapano niya dinescribe ang mga kritiko, sobra akong nasaktan. Ganoon ba kami? Ganoon ba ako?" Paner told dzMM.
''Hindi ako nagsisinungaling sa aking mga sinasabi dahil nanggagaling ako sa mga facts… At saka nandyan pa rin ang napakaraming mga bagay para masabi mong 'di ka perpekto."
Paner said based on his SONA speech, Aquino seems to think that he is always right and that anyone who opposes his will or criticizes his actions are not for the ''daang matuwid."
She said critics including her are part of a healthy democracy. He said the President should accept that he will still make mistakes.
''Can you imagine a democracy na lahat pumupuri? Anong mangyayari sa atin? You can do some wrong sometimes and you need critics to remind you of that,'' she said.
WHAT PINKY TOLD JUANA CHANGE
Paner admitted that going to the House of Representatives yesterday wearing a peach gown, amid a sea of Aquino supporters, was a tough thing for her to do. The color peach has been used by people who are supporting moves to impeach President Aquino.
She said she even bumped into Aquino's sister, Pinky Aquino-Abellada, who asked her why she suddenly turned her back on the president.
''When Pinky approached me, sabi niya: 'Mae, what happened?''' she said.
''Sabi niya 'Mae, you are not the Mae I knew before.' Siyempre ako rin parang, 'No its' not the Noy I knew before, Pinky.'''
Despite all the controversies that struck the Aquino administration, Paner said she still hopes that the President will change his ways.
''Meron pa ring dilaw sa akin na umaasa na pwede pa siyang magbago no,'' she said, referring to the president's color.