Protesters once again took to the streets. Police once again blocked Commonwealth Avenue. President Benigno Aquino III once again reported to his bosses.
Despite similarities with his first 4 State of the Nation Addresses (SONAs), his second-to-the-last SONA before he ends his term in 2016 highlighted the differences in opinions on the gains made by his administration.
While Aquino trumpeted his achievements in the halls of Congress -- complete with statistics and testimonies -- activists outside found more fervor to drum up their protest, and highlighted Aquino's run-in with the Supreme Court on the issue of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
The result was a large number of protesters compared to other previous SONAs. But the President's men quickly dismissed them as a "rabid few," and cited polls that still sided with Aquino, despite a decline in his ratings. Even the crowd by the roadside was still at a loss as to what the militants have been fighting for in the last 4 years.
To be sure, this same crowd of kibitzers would still be around come the next SONA and the next SONA protest. But that gives the protesters all the more reason to say nothing really has changed.