ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio Tinio on SONA
23 July 2012
Reference: ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio Tinio (09209220817)
President Aquino delivered automaty one of the longest SONAs in recent memory, yet he said not a single word about the worsening human rights record of his administration and the impunity that he continues to prevail. To date, there have been at least 99 victims of extrajudicial killings, including those of Father Pops Tenorio and Willem Geertman. Similarly, Aquino made no mention whatsoever of the peace talks with the NDF. This indicates that PNoy is intent on an all-out war policy against the “communist insurgency,” and will lead to even more human rights violations.
President Aquino expounded on the gains made by his administration in the delivery of education and health services. What he did not mention is that these services are increasingly being provided by professional teachers and nurses working as highly exploited contractuals. Under his presidency, the DepEd has deployed over 20,000 contractual teachers and 10,000 contractual nurses who are paid below minimum wage. PNoy also failed to mention that all government employees will have no salary increase in 2013 despite the continuously rising cost of living. ###