Ultimately what mattered the most to the ordinary Filipino (considering the whole point of Aquino's use of the Tagalog dialect to deliver the message to the masses more effectively), was missing from the SONA...
"Wala namang direktang kaugnayan ‘yon sa issue ng mga karaniwang mamamayan — trabaho, pagkain," Africa said.
[Translation: "None of this have a direct relevance to the ordinary Filipino whose concerns don't go beyond jobs and food"]
Yet, earlier, presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda defended the SONA saying that all these figures were "verifiable"...
Aquino had a lot more important things to say than bash former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her allies, [Lacierda] said, noting the figures Aquino cited in his speech SONA were verifiable.
“We will prove to the naysayers that this administration is going to change society, is going improve the lives of the people, and we are going to deliver on our promises," he added.
Lacierda also dismissed critics who noted that all of what Aquino said in the SONA were "motherhood statements" and that such criticism were all "rehashes" themselves of past criticism.