“WE can all dream again,” said President Benigno Aquino in his first Address of the Nation Address (SONA).

On July 25, 2011, President P-Noy, as he is intimately referred to, will tell the nation whether his dream — a hope for true change — has come through as he enters the second of his six years in power.

But the President will be hard pressed to convince the man in the street that his dream of true change really came about because it has not.

Instead, the culture of favoritism and cronyism has been elevated to an art form.

Take a look at the appointment to high government positions of his Ateneo classmates (Kaklase), friends (Kaibigan) and shooting buddies (Kabarilan) or KKK.

The political opposition derided the President’s penchant to engage in this practice as a desecration of the patriotic KKK movement.

From a high of 80 percent popularity rating after his inaugural speech, a Pulse Asia survey in June 2011 showed a drop to 71 percent.

Poverty is so pervasive in the land, many families go to bed hungry, and jobs are nowhere to be found, if any jobs are available at all.

For this reason, P-Noy made a grandiose promise to wipe out endemic poverty during his reign.

The ends are noble but the means of achieving them are beyond the reach of a single administration.

P-Noy means well and his heart is in the right place.

But in the real world, this alone won’t get the job done.

It’s true the Arroyo administration has left a huge mess whose impact on the economy and social fabric are now only beginning to be unravelled in their worst light.

P-Noy, however, devotes too much energy in building cases against his predecessor and her henchmen to the extent that it is distracting him from the job at hand.

That is the jurisdiction of the ombudsman and the courts.

While the wheels of justice grind slowly, they grind exceedingly well, in the final analysis.

One year is enough for P-Noy to know the ropes.

It is now time for a reality check.

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