President Aquino has inadvertently put the HR Bill splat on the front page, the front burner, the front of every concerned Filipino's mind.
His SONA was a fine speech, truly. He is confident, capable and rightfully proud of his administration's achievements. The Philippines is on the rise . . .
Who knows what he really meant when he made the reference to "responsible parenthood" and brought in the biggest cheer of the night. Maybe he'll explain in the next day or two. Maybe he'll also get the idea, if he is true to his word that citizens are his boss, that aware, sensitive and responsible Filipinos favor the Reproductive Health Bill and are urging him to get off his derrière and act responsibly himself.
Responsible parenthood means so very, very much. It means teaching your kids to be kind, not rude and to have courageous and honorable principles, not cheat. It means providing the uplift to a kid's ego that assures confidence and desire to excel. It means teaching THE KIDS responsibility. It means reading to them early and giving them books as they grow older. It means not exposing them to health risks. It means looking at them as cherished lives for nurturing, not cold labor; giving, not taking. It means being respectful of the community of Filipinos and not putting 10 kids on their backs, to support, like so many ravenous beasts eating up the Nation's future.
I'd write more to this last line, but will do it with the thousand words that follow, courtesy of photographer Rick Loomis of the Los Angeles Times. The full article was depressing to me. Poverty is a bitch.
Be a responsible president, Mr. President.