Is there hope in reforming the lazy presidency of President Noynoy Aquino?

In a statement marking the 30th Anniversary of his business forum, consultant Peter Wallace pretty much delivered an indictment on the very essence of the capital base of President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III’s political power — popularity. In calling on BS Aquino to make “tough, unpopular decisions”, Wallace is essentially offering the antithesis to Aquino’s approach to leadership as the way forward for the country.

As we recall, the famous campaign rhetoric of the Aquino campaign in 2010 was that he would regard the Filipino as his “Boss”. As such, presumably every want, need, and desire in all the renowned glory of the victim and dukha mentality of the Filipino people will be the command of the Chief Executive under the Second Aquino Administration. Indeed, the President and his cadre of “Communications” experts in the Cabinet have, over the last couple of years of the current administration focused on drilling into the heads of The Boss how popular the President is.

Wallace, for his part, acknowledges the power of this popularity, calling it the prized and “coveted political capital” of the presidency of Cory’s son. But then he also observes…

[…] much more needs to be done if the Philippines is to break through the poverty trap, and unfortunately, Mr. Aquino does not seem committed and enthusiastic enough to see these needed reforms through, putting his considerable political capital to waste, Wallace said.

The principle at work here is quite simple:

Popularity has a poor track record when it comes to determining the validity of an idea.

If Philippine schools, for example, were designed to be run like democracies with learning programs determined by what is popular amongst the student body, then the Philippines today would be a nation populated by starstruck, jejemon-speaking, Tito-Vic-and-Joey-jokes cracking, ocho-ocho dancing ignoramuses today.

Thank goodness for our excellent public education system indeed!

The reality of living well is that it is the unpopular things in life that lay the groundwork for a lifetime of systemic success — discipline, frugality, critical thought, moderation, and focused concentration. Without the structure provided by considered rather than popular guidance, people become spoiled self-important brats.

Discipline, of course, can be learned. But people to whom discipline and hard work is inherent clearly have a head start over those who are still to acquire these virtues. Unfortunately for us, President BS Aquino was a learner in this regard when he ascended the presidency of this sad Republic. He was known to be a late riser, a slacker when it comes to holding regular Cabinet meetings, pre-occupied with bachelor issues (as one would be when one is a bachelor), and a connoisseur of fast cars. His only claim to the presidency was his popularity and not much else; which, to be fair, is what one gets in a country where presidents are elected by popular vote.

When we consider that the window to effect change of any president of the Phillippines is limited to only one six-year term, spending a good chunk of that time on learning to be a President constitutes an astounding waste.

Filipinos had the chance to do it right the first time in 2010 by electing a seasoned and qualified candidate to the most powerful office of the land. Instead, they voted BS Aquino.

“Hindi ho magagawa ng Pangulo ‘yung mga na-achieve natin in the last two years and more kung isa po siyang 9-to-5 na Presidente,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a press statement defending the President. Unfortunately she misses the point. Wallace had already cited specific areas where President BS Aquino had failed to make any concrete progress. What The Boss is looking for are results and not excuses or claims of best effort.

[Photo courtesy Associated Press.]


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The principle at work here is quite simple: Popularity has a poor track record when it comes to determining the validity of an idea. – benignoy You intentionally missed the point to give way to your self-serving and bias opinion of the leadership of PNoy. It’s very clear what the reason of Wallace was in urging PNoy to “act more like a President”. Here, read the true and real basis of why Mr. Wallace made those statement. “President Aquino can use that political capital to make tough, unpopular decisions. Why doesn’t he?” Wallace said at yesterday’s meeting to mark the… Read more »
Problem here is, intellectually, its easier to get elected as president than to get hired as a manager for a multinational company. I am just saying, that this positions have stringent requirements for countless reasons. And the Filipino people flushed it all down the toilet in electing their current president. Take out his lineage and I am sure he won’t get hired in any any medium to high level position jobs in the Philippines. To add to this, why does a 52-year old guy doing single and uncommitted? Simply put, he obviously have some issues. Just like what I said… Read more »
RF Garcia

…”bias opinion”, …”a really daunting tasks,”…”though people agrees”,…”damned if he do and damned if he don’t”. Why can’t the yellow mob hire commenters who know English? And why does GRP allow such comments reeking with grammatical errors be printed? Yes Benigno, I know that GRP is just being benevolent but such English can likely be aped by readers.


Oh, BS Aquino definitely doesn’t looks like a 9 to 5 president. It seems he works fewer hours.

In essence, a spoilt brat. P-noy has been lazy all his life. No get up and go ever demonstrated No sporting interests/capabilities (Shooting still targets is hardly strenuous or character building) No lifelong learning – just a simple basic degree No advocacies/charity patronage No corporate/business knowledge No mentoring No contribution in congress or the senate No world view/experiences No moral or ethical standards A hopeless case – a wasted life for someone given privilege and opportunity. Fate, in the timing of cory aquino’s death, dealt the country a hefty blow to propel someone so unprepared, incapable, and uninterested to the… Read more »

“Earning happiness means doing good and working, not speculating and being lazy. Laziness may look inviting, but only work gives you true satisfaction.” – Anne Frank


The percentage of never married men in 50+ age is approx 7% (western figures), maybe less in asia.. Equates closely to percentage that are gay. Just saying

Amir Al Bahr

Maybe we can redirect that jonas troll to the site below:

He will fit in just fine with the commentators there. Hahaha. >:)


Wonder if Wallace is disappointed with the killing of the FOI Bill.

And yes, history has proven time and again, that just because something is popular, it doesn’t mean that it’s good. It just means it’s easy to hoodwink a lot of people. That’s why advertising works. And it’s obvious that a regime that does not listen to the appeals of its people already had its own agenda laid out.

Hyden Toro

Aquino came from a rich family, served by retinues of servants. He has some Psychiatric problems. This is the reason , he sleeps too much. He did not experienced poverty or lack in his life.
He is lazy, incompetent and is too dependent on people , to do his job. He cannot solve the problems of the country. So, he uses Blame Game on people, or on previous Presidents.

Johnny Saint
The short answer is…NO, there isn’t. The reason is a bit more complex. It isn’t simply a matter of BS Aquino exercising political will to galvanize the government in the fight to alleviate poverty and eliminate graft and corruption. There is a confluence of political, economic and social factors that points to a more systemic problem which needs to be addressed. New York Times writer Thomas Friedman analyzed the conditions prevalent in certain Gulf States and drew some interesting conclusions as regards their state of democratization, electoral reforms, political independence, judicial independence, freedom speech, government transparency and economic development. While… Read more »
There is no hope for this bungling jack-ass.I do not like to say it,but it looks like he is hopeless as the country is.He says ‘we are open for business!’,yippee! but all he brings is low-paying crap jobs in and the politicians get paid to veto any wage increases,the corporations get slave wage employees and the economy stagnates.DUD! add to that the ENRON style energy price gouging on electricity and no small business can stay afloat.Yet Thailand has 1/3 the electricity rates…the shit is criminal. Rip up the social contract and start all over again by whatever means necessary,or leave… Read more »
Thomas Jefferson
Our “great leader” has conveniently forgotten his oath of office. He appeases tyranny even as he gives all the advantages to the enemies of the state. This man turned his back against the majority of the non-Muslim people of Mindanao. He was instrumental in allowing the fragmentation of our territorial integrity. He conferred a status of belligerency to the MILF. He refuses to see the CPP-NPA-NDF formal alliance with the MILF/bangsamoro. The phony peace is a political sham even as violence continues in Mindanao. He has recently appointed Marvic Leonen to the Supreme Court. This president has no authority to… Read more »

you can say what you want LOSERS and supporters of LOSER PRESIDENTS!!!! deport wallace -a threat to national security….


Is it just me, or the dork Fishball doesn’t really know the phrase “give up”?

They chose to become blind rather than seeing the truth. Pathetic Noytard


i went to english public school.
if u were repeatedly lazy then you either got 6 of the best in the morning, or in winter 2 lengths of the outdoor swimming pool (once you had broken the ice), just to wake you up!
p-noy needs a rocket up his ar$e. his work ethic is appalling as all now testify, no doubt not helped by his latenight videoke sessions of which he is so fond. still a little boy

Thomas Jefferson

Mr. BS Aquino seems to be in the dark about rising criminality.Is he now insulated by a cordon? I follow the news everyday and see crime rising. From the Manila Standard:


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