You have the right to complain.

Due to the weather not working well with my immune system, I spent the day at home and chanced upon seeing the live broadcast of SONA. I wasn’t really planning on seeing it and was actually asleep on the couch nursing body malaise but for some reason, I woke up as the coverage was starting.

Because I am your typical net addict, I was on fb and twitter while watching Pnoy give his speech. Now, there were those who did great publich service like @Karen_DaviLa who provided real-time updates (woot! woot!) and then there are those who complained about every sentence that came out of the President’s mouth.

It makes me think of how much change can come out of all the yapping and complaining. Will all your criticism build roads? Feed the hungry? Educate our children? Make a better future? I wonder how much the effigy contributed to our economic growth? How did the rally and the chaos improve your life status? How much of the budget will have to go to fixing ruined public property? I say, the call is for vigilance and not pessimism. Don’t confuse the two!

You absolutely have the right to complain but as you do, can you think of what you have contributed to our country ? Have you volunteered for a worthwhile cause? Not cheat on your taxes? Followed traffic rules? Reported law violators? Recycled? Opened your mind for possibilities? Here’s a thought: The Philippines is not just Noynoy Aquino, it’s made up of Filipinos — all 101M of us.

Mind you, it’s a long way to go and the government has not earned my praise yet but I know my responsibility and I accept it. My country needs me to change with it and I shall.

So to you — Don’t just be a Filipino. Be an active Filipino!

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