MANILA - Columnist and former presidential speechwriter Teddy Locsin Jr. believes President Benigno Aquino III's latest State of the Nation Address is his best one yet.
He said the turnaround from Aquino's aggressive stance in previous SONAs made this year's address stronger. He said the address clearly outlined what the administration has achieved.
Locsin said the best moment for him was not when the President talked about his parents.
"The emotional moment was not when he invoked his parents. It was when he ended it and kept referring back to himself, that he wants to make a change. Whether his men are up to his standards or not is beside the point. At the SONA, you are looking at the President. You are looking at a man who really wants to do good," he said.
Locsin also said if there was a weak point in the SONA, it was when the President listed the benefits of the disbursement acceleration program and then said he would seek a supplemental budget from Congress.
He said this only undermined the President's argument.
Locsin, who is a former congressman, said he believes the DAP is wrong and that Aquino should have simply asked for a supplemental budget to begin with.
"The DAP is an opening for crookedness. If you have a bad president or bad people around him, they can use it and that is what the Supreme Court is closing," he said.
The former presidential speechwriter said if there was one thing that could have made the speech better, it would have been a sacrifice.
"Begin by saying that this morning, the budget secretary told me: 'I know we are right on DAP. I know we did good but they will never listen to us until you accept my resignation. I hereby resign irrevocably.' And then he will say, and there it is, there's nothing I can do about it. And it strikes my heart that my best man has had to fall on his sword for me," he said.