Is PNoy to blame for the recent flooding in Luzon?

When former President Gloria Arroyo (GMA) was in power, people were quick to blame her government for what happened during the flooding brought about by typhoon Ondoy in September 2009. Yes, her government could have done more to prevent the flooding but the deluge brought forth by the rains induced by the storm that caused the overflowing of dams and rivers was unprecedented. In fact, incumbent President President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino was quick to take advantage of the public’s anger when it happened a few months before the Presidential election in 2010. He promised that things would greatly improve under his regime. Most Filipinos realize now that what he said during the election was just a tactic to get the votes in. It was a case of overpromising without delivering.

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President BS Aquino knew that there was great risk of another Ondoy-like flooding and that it could happen anytime especially during the rainy season. Alas, he did not mount a big enough effort to prevent it from happening again. He even cancelled GMA’s PhP1.9 billion worth of various flood control projects as well as the P18.7 billion Laguna de Bay dredging project signed during her term — allegedly out of spite. He recently claimed that the project was a “joke” and that it would not have made any difference in easing the perennial flooding of the capital. How he knows that it wouldn’t have made a difference is a real mystery and it goes to show that he seems to be treating most things as a joke. This could explain the permanent sneer and sarcastic tone people observe coming from the President.

Two years after having won the election, much of the country still experienced flooding; flooding that in this instance has brought many industries — including the vital financial services industry — to a standstill for more than a week in the beginning of August. The President is only now scrambling to talk of flood prevention projects after the fact. From the drawing board, he promised ring-road dikes along Laguna de Bay, embankments and catch basins in the Marikina River watershed and an 8-kilometer dike and pumping station in the Camanava (Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela) area.

That’s all well and good but he could have done this as soon as he moved into Malacañang. He could have put this down as his top priority considering he kept blaming GMA for Ondoy. While speaking to evacuees at the time, he vowed “to complete the three anti-flood projects before the end of his term in 2016”. It’s not like we haven’t heard him promise things before but he still had the nerve to ask the people to be patient, even complimenting himself for his projection, “It’s not in my nature to engage in flattery…I can finish this.”

As of this writing, the nameless disaster that befell Manila claimed 72 deaths so far while nearly 850,000 remain stranded or displaced. The amount of damage to public and private property including agriculture and infrastructure remain unaccounted for with sinkholes wreaking havoc on major roads and highways causing further damage to unsuspecting motorists.

Like his predecessor, President BS Aquino is not entirely to blame for the recent flooding in the Philippines. I’m sure he wishes that this calamity didn’t happen. And I’m sure he’d rather sleep in after his regular late nights of boozing with his drinking buddies as some have alleged, instead of going to flooded areas for photo ops. However, he was in charge of allocating the national budget and setting the national agenda. A lot of people are saying that for the last two years, he has been very preoccupied with exacting revenge from his perceived enemies instead of prioritizing what is important.

Instead of focusing his time, energy and all the resources at his disposal on fixing and cleaning up the major cities and priming the country’s economy, he has been focusing his time, energy and all the resources at his disposal on publicly persecuting GMA and her allies. It is a documented fact that more than six months was devoted to crucifying former Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona which, in turn, resulted in a vacant Chief Justice post that is proving to be hard to fill.

President BS Aquino’s obsession has put efforts to address major issues plaguing the nation on hold since most of the members of Congress who, even on normal days, are already considered too slow to act were likewise distracted from their day-to-day functions. Some people are baffled as to why BS Aquino was and still is so focused on his predecessor when in fact, the situation in the Philippines remains unchanged, with some claiming that it has even gotten worse since he took over.

To be fair, members of Philippine society also played a part in the preventable disaster. As discussed in my previous article, the recent typhoon to hit the Philippines (code named “Gener”) just before the onslaught of this week’s monsoon rains left Manila littered with mountains of garbage swept in by big waves onto the Baywalk area along Roxas Boulevard in Manila. No less than 48 garbage trucks had to haul the mess gathered from along the length of the iconic highway. The sight provided a grim reminder of the Filipino people’s worst traits: laziness and negligence. Most obviously do not think of the consequences of their habit of throwing their garbage everywhere indiscriminately.

Yes, BS Aquino could say that people can’t blame him for other people’s actions. He cannot even relocate the estimated 100,000 “informal settlers” who are the Number One culprits when it comes to indiscriminate dumping of garbage onto Manila’s rivers and creeks. But it is worth mentioning that his government has actually allowed this situation to get out of hand by patronizing the Filipino people’s apathy and indifference. Saying things like “Ang sarap maging Pilipino ngayon” can only make some of us feel complacent or think that we are right on track for success when in fact, there is so much to be done.

The thing that annoys most of the President’s critics is his triumphalist stance. He thinks his government is doing great and he will not tolerate any views to the contrary from other people. In his recently-concluded State of the Nation Address (SONA), he emphasized that things have improved under his watch. The recent disaster has proven his claim to be false. He cannot even inspire people to change much less improve their situation. Most of the time people just see him vilifying or admonishing his political enemies and his critics — something that is very unproductive.

Noynoy Aquino and his crew on a relief visit seemingly doubling as an early-campaign stunt during the August 2012 Manila deluge

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No, President BS Aquino does not inspire unity and camaraderie. On the contrary, he causes division in Philippine society with his “If you’re not with me, you’re against me” mentality. His continued use of yellow paraphernalia also leaves a bad taste in other people’s mouths. People question why he needs to wear a yellow shirt and a yellow pin when he is out and about. It is too divisive. He seems to forget that he did not win the votes by a landslide. One can be forgiven for thinking that he’s only partial to people who wear the same color or if you want to belong, you need to pledge your allegiance to his party. But shouldn’t he rather be encouraging people to pledge allegiance to the country? That’s really something. No wonder a lot of people blame him for the country’s misery.


Post Author: Ilda

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Jose Gracia

Yes, someone is to blame and yes it is BS Aquino. For someone claiming to have the political will to effect change in this country he definitely has nothing to show for it.


Yep, someone is to blame and definitely it is PNoy no matter what Fishball and his band of idiots would say because of his lack of action and lack of any brains to do something good for the country.

Lord Chimera

“It’s not in my nature to engage in flattery…I can finish this.” – Hah! I believe it when I see it. Until then skepticism mode on.


Let us give Pnoy a chance. It’s only his second year as President. He needs more time to practice. XD

Alvin Lizada

Sarcasm aside, at least he/she is consistent in delivering promises he cannot keep.

RF Garcia

Granting that BS Aquino should not be blamed for cancelling the flood control projects of GMA he must still be blamed for not implementing his own projects in time to mitigate the recent floods, that is if he has any bright ideas on how to do it. He is also to blame for not extending assistance promptly through those so-called disaster preparedness agencies who are really inutile white elephants.


Naalala ko tuloy, during one of the final interviews of Former President Arroyo when the reporter asked her what are the things that she will miss during her term and she answered quickly: “The destructive politcs of the critics who really never offered any alternatives on policies and programs just destructive political noise.”
It goes with the saying, “What goes around, comes around.” Only time will tell.

Neil Gabion

who wouldn’t want to blame the President? he is the man in power and should have done MORE not less. also, those squatters are also to blame for this flooding.

Of course it is Aquinos fault,but not for cancelling the plans of GMA.Those plans would have been more like money-for-nothing-done and contracts given to her friends.That is why he cancelled them,she bankrupted the country. BUT Aquino did not implement his own plan and now he looks like an in-effective idiot.Who wants to move Corporate HQ to a country that can not adequately keep its streets from flooding after 4 CMs of water falls in an hour(which is not much)?The Phils promises much but delivers nothing,AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN…too bad.AQUINO has 4 yrs. to go,we will see what he can… Read more »
Der Fuhrer
The state of the nation’s continuing flood control is pathetic. It has not been moving forward as it should. Mr. BS Aquino will not be able to deliver a long term solution during his watch. As long as our traditional politicians use the informal settlers for their political expediency and opportunism nothing will be done to solve the dumping of garbage into our waterways and drainage. Political will sucks when seen in the sordid light of intense reality. What the administration can do in the meantime is to establish a system of rapid and immediate emergency relief, assistance and evacuation.… Read more »
Not only Pnoy is to be blamed about all the political and economic miseries of the Philippines but majority of its citizens and its spontaneously rotting moral culture. Watching what was happening during the most recent flooding in so many places in the NCR and other affected provinces it can be seen that government officials are so scared to spend more of the allocated annual government budget even during times of calamities. For example the underpass in front of the Manila Hall was filled with flood water. And the city government just refuse to take action to even augment the… Read more »

Dear Ilda,

I am deeply sad for the current situation in Manila, but I wanted to say that the insane people who voted for PNoy didn’t quite get that the joke was on them.


Wala si fishball? Hahaha Baka nakabuntot Kay carandang sa labas Ng malacanang kasama si pnoy. O Kita Nyo. Tayo ang nagpapasweldo sa kanya.

The Philippine Guild

energy spent in demonizing gutierez, corona, gma and other enemies has come down to no time for an emergent flood control program. the president seems to think that rains don’t come every year but every 3 years…

Hindi kasi talagang “Anointed” si AbNoy, tulad ng inaakala ng iba. Sa bible, yun mga anointed ang di binibigyan ng ganyang parusa ng Panginoon. Hindi rin totoong merong “discernment” yan si AbNoy, kasi puro terrible decisions at priorities ang sinusunod nya. Wala rin kabuluhan yang “Voice of the people is the voice of God” (Vox populi, vox Dei) dahil hindi agree ang Dios sa kagustuhan ng mga taong bumoto dyan kay AbNoy…hayan puro sakuna at kamalasan. Sana mamulat na ang taumbayan sa panloloko nitong administrasyong eto! Hihintayin nyo pa ba bago lubusang lumubog ang buong bayan sa kalokohan nyong yan?… Read more »

To be fair to Aquino,this probelm could not have been fixed in the time he has been in office,even if he started on day one of his term.His inaction has just made it more of the same old shit,nothing more but he certainly could have gotten started by now and maybe moved the squatters out of the drainage areas and start construction planning for some dykes,sewer cleaning.HE DID NOTHING SO IT IS HIS FAULT,BUT WHAT COULD HE DO IN 3 YRS.?WHEN THE PROBLEM IS 30 YRS. OLD?


the president is working on those with proper and tender care unlike the former, make a long term project but make it as expensive and worthless as possible (Nbnzte, Macapagal blvd)


cocoy and a few loyals of “Yellow Army” now mention social engineering as solution (example — to social-engineer Pinoys of Pinas so Pinoys of Pinas do not clog the esteros with their trash). Can’t “social-engineer” in 3 years… so is this a call to re-elect PersiNoynoy 2016????


Hindi na bago ang ganito. Pagkatapos ng termino ni Aguinaldo, ganyan na mga presidente.. Pagkatapos ng termino sa isang presidente, ang mga hindi natapos na proyekto at mga naitatag na programa nito ay papawalain bisa na lang ng susunod na uupo na presidente.

Pede din naman siguro sisihin si Pnoy pero dapat ba siya lang? Dapat nga sa una pa lang ang dapat sisihin ay yun mga bumoto sa kanya e. Bakit nga ba naluklok sa pwesto itong taong to?

Hyden Toro

Do you believe what Noynoy Aquino promises? He could had done that Flood Control Project, in his first year of his term. The Flood Control Plan is there. The Fund appropriation is there. All he has to do is: Implement it. However, he thinks himself , as a Genius in Flood Control. He just say: “it will not work.” He did even know how to read BluePrints of Plans. Then he says, “it will not work”. This is the kind of an idiot President , we have…