Philippine President Noynoy Aquino leads like a dim light shining in a darkened room

Rather than spell out absolute measures of what his recent series of overseas trips aim to achieve, Philippine President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III justifies these by highlighting how much less mileage he’s so far racked up compared to former President Gloria Arroyo. That’s like a drunkard justifying the latest bottle of whisky he polished off by pointing out that this is considerably less than the five bottles his pal had consumed the previous night.

This latest of adolescent tattling delivered by the Philippine President before the Filipino community in Laos (yes, there are Pinoys even in Laos!) pretty much remains consistent as a reflection of the character of the Second Aquino Administration.

Indeed, BS Aquino has yet to present to the Filipino public his vision of what the Philippines might be like by the time he steps down in 2016. Instead of being prospective, BS Aquino applies a retrospective approach to pitching his value proposition to the nation. Rather than pointing to possibilities, he darkens the room so that what is really the dim light of his presidency shines like a bright beacon before the easily-dazzled starstruck eyes of Da Pinoy.

Like country like president. We often wonder why Filipinos remain the intellectually-stunted, unimaginative and unoriginal lot that we are. It is because we habitually set a low bar for ourselves so that we may celebrate the mediocre achievements that have become our national trademarks.

President BS Aquino embodies this renowned character of the Filipino. His track record of failure to get an entire people long-starved of anything to look forward to in the future goes way back to his campaign in 2009 which, consistent to his performance today, was based on the historic equity of his family pedigree. On a campaign built on this pedigree platform coupled with another relic of the past — the allegedly “corrupt” administration of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo — BS Aquino and his Yellow Mob capitalised shrewdly on Filipinos’ renowned taste for the pwede-na-yans of this world. Mediocrity made golden by simple virtue of pedigree and that dim light shining in an artificially-darkened room.

A true statesman will cite specific goals and expected outcomes from any kind of investment that requires a significant outlay of taxpayers’ cash — including investments in overseas trips. A great leader can motivate his troops to storm a beach, not on the basis of it being a shorter and easier run than the previous one, but on the basis of the prize at the finish line or the principles at stake even if it means a longer and more life-threatening dash for cover. Real men own up to failure — or success — on the backs of situations that had been within their direct control regardless of the cards they were dealt.

True statesman

Great leader

Real man

Has President BS Aquino so far in his term as President of this sad republic exhibited any character or behaviour that earns him these titles?

The Second Aquino Administration’s only achievement thus far has been to distinguish itself as the Apology Presidency. Indeed, this presidency is staffed by an entire Cabinet of apologists, most notable of which is the presidential mouthpiece Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte…

“To us who always listen to the President, who always attend the events… it’s normal to us and you do hear it from his speeches, but for people that he meets for the first time [such as the Filipino community in Laos], it’s important for the President to also apprise them of what has happened to the country and to always keep reminding people that this is what we are up against and this is what we have been able to do thus far. To some, perhaps it may not be palatable. But that’s the truth and it needs to be said,” Valte said.

But of course.

Filipinos everywhere need to be reminded just how baaadddd the Arroyo presidency was — so that the do-nothing presidency of Cory’s son will look goooodddd in comparison.

It is better to light just one little candle than to stumble in the dark…

So goes that emo church song of my childhood that I realise now is an ode to mediocrity.

To be fair, as far as PR strategies go, it all works well when you are sitting on the right side of the fence. Filipinos after all subsist on the mediocre — mediocre food, mediocre entertainment, mediocre infrastructure, mediocre politics, and mediocre presidents. To achieve great wealth in business, you only need a crap product and 100 million suckers foolish enough to buy it.

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Libertas
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a dim light – a dimwit Already voted worlds worst leader, p-noy is proving he was also the worst economics student in his class, as gma is only too well aware of, by extending the protected areas of business closed to foreign companies/investors. This is not only switching out the dim light of growth, but ensuring that the monopolies can continue to sell overpriced commodities/utilities to people who have no choice. Throw in the western branded rejects/last years non-sellers manufactured in china and ‘recycled’ through the malls/SM and as usual consumers are being taken for an expensive ride. Not to… Read more »
Libertas
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Another clear indication of aquino’s desire to keep the simple stupid is the complete lack of support/sabotaging of the ICT bill to create a single dept and strategy for information and communications technology. This is beyond belief when BPO’s are a major contributor to the economy, but are already complaining that they cannot get the quality staff to take BPO to the levels beyond simple call centres/telephone answering into knowledge processing and higher value added services and products. The loss of jobs/potential investors – and i am aware of many – is scandalous. Other ASEAN countries – even those which… Read more »
Libertas
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and am sure your knowledge of ict strategies is vast
so explain what it is in the country and why out of all asean countries only philippines does not have an ict dept.
i cannot recruit app developers here so outsource to singapore.
it is embarrasing dealing with lgu’s on infratructure requirements and disaster recovery.
am sure this is all above your head.

Gogs
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As Paul Simon said : He’s a one trick pony One trick is all that horse can do He does one trick only It’s the principal source of his revenue And when he steps into the spotlight You can feel the heat of his heart Come rising through See how he dances See how he loops from side to side See how he prances The way his hooves just seem to glide He’s just a one trick pony (that’s all he is) But he turns that trick with pride The rest of the song does not apply to him. Also… Read more »
RF Garcia
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That’s another inspiring article again benignO. But you seem to generalize the character of the Filipinos as intellectually stunted and unimaginative. I think that is true only for the yellows who do not embody the typical Filipino character.I would rather that you say Filipinos like Manny Pacquiao is the typical representation of the Filipino. For example consider this. In one of his bruising fights when Manny saw that his foe has had enough he asked the referee to stop the fight and when the opponent was down he tried to pull him up. Millions of fans saw that all over… Read more »
Libertas
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comparing filipinos to manny pacquaio puts them on a new low.
it would be hard to find someone as stupid or self interested.
the IQ of a durian. the morals of a sewer rat
please raise your standards

bubi78
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Hey! watch it – morals of a sewer rat, wow! and you are mother theresa reincarnated, you with your unblemished, sanctimonious soul. Notwithstanding his sewer rat morals, Manny’s empathy for a fellow human in obvious distress and pain was still pure and intact, not unlike the person rf was obliquely alluding to when he said, “…someone who keeps hitting his opponent even when the foe is already down and out?” The irony or is it the message got lost somewhere along the way, eh. Tread more carefully next time, will you!

Libertas
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i have met pacquaio enough times to make a judgement – not as a boxer, where he excels, but as a politician and as a man, albeit a somewhat immature specimen.
his choice to enter politics, so he has to be judged on those terms, if he ever turns up and does some work. too hard on his brain i suspect.
dont transfer your adulation of him in the ring to him as a person or a politician.
jimmy savile was a well loved public figure and look how he turned out.

Thomas Jefferson
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The darkness creeps slowly over our great land. “Insane” a commentary from the Manila Standard:

http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/2012/11/06/insane/

Libertas
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The debate on channel asia tonight – can asia beat corruption. Yes – “except philippines and bangladesh which remain the most corrupt countries in the world” where good governance and efficiency simply do not exist. Professor – city university hong kong, and agreed to by Director – transparency international p-noy, everyone outside the philippines knows you are a sham and it is only a matter of time before even the brainwashed start to see the light. the millenium goals will also not be net and grants start to dry up. at international meetings now everyone sighs at the sight of… Read more »
Hyden Toro
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Like a blind man, Aquino leads the nation blindly. Jesus Christ stated: “If the blind leads the blind. Both will fall into the pit.” Ito ang matuwid na daan…papunta na sa bangin…

Gogs
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The yellow continually fascinate me with their belief that the ” matuwid na daan” is there , real and working. Some will claim anecdotal evidence that bribes etc are down and there is more fear of punishment. Others like Esposo just keep repeating over and over that Noynoy is a “good” president. To that I say what has he ever been “good” at in his life??? And for some bizarre reason he has the difficult position of this country’s president all figured out??? Fantasyland!!!!

Johnny Derp
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I’d say that Noy is only good for two things: No good and good for nothing. I have said it before and I’ll say it again, those who believe otherwise are either blind or just plain ignorant.

T4Man
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Your characterization of P’Noy as a do-nothing president is correct. Some may assume that doing nothing will result in simple stagnation. Unfortunately, (especially in the case of the Philippines) doing nothing results in an increase of “backwardization”. I’m still waiting for someone to address my number one concern; education. Nothing but silence everywhere I look.

Amir Al Bahr
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A dim light shining in a darkened room? That’s a dimbulb. There are too many of them in government; they need to be replaced lest someone trips up in the dark.

Libertas
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I wanted p-noy to succeed for the sake of the country but he has exceeded my worst fears. Only in a 3rd world country could such an incompetent be elected in the first place, and then not even be called to account/task for such an abysmal performance. P-noy aquino clearly has the intellect of a durian and the work ethic of a sloth. He follows the family tradition of putting self interest before that of the country. A grandfather who helped the japanese in the war and was guilty of treason. A father who was a communist and helped the… Read more »
Suibon
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… and amidst the mud and the slime (what if he is gay? is he incompetent because he sucks cock? and what about Jesse Robredo -unless the universal adoration paid him by the denizens of Naga is a fib, a cover for a slick operator? and do you know of ways of not sounding like Hunter S. Thompson?), something arresting…

Ninoy helped the Chinese take control of what? And which Chinese? Tell me more. I do not mean to belittle; I only wish to know more about these allegations of yours, to see if they have any substance.

Libertas
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you should study more before commenting, and thank you since it is better to write like hunter s thompson than a 5th grader who is out of their depth.
nice try but no cigar.
history, politics or english clearly not your specialised subjects.
do some research and then make meaningful comments.
p.s. it is not an issue being gay per se, but it is valid when you lie about it and other aspects.
character, integrity, and standards. alien concepts to you, clearly.
now go and play with someone of your own intellectual level.

Suibon
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Your uncalled-for attack on my use of the English language, my intellect, and my sense of values, and your journalistic peccadilloes aside (the likes of Thompson I abhor, but to each his own): tell me more about this Ninoy-China connection. If you are not being merely an obnoxious cad, why not reveal the details? It certainly helps if I have an idea of what I’m researching for, right?

Or, if you continue being a brat who won’t savagely berate Noynoy, I might as well find another guy who can articulate it better than you can.

Danny
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“We often wonder why Filipinos remain the intellectually-stunted, unimaginative and unoriginal lot that we are. It is because we habitually set a low bar for ourselves so that we may celebrate the mediocre achievements that have become our national trademarks.” Benign0 hit the bull’s eye with this statement. The Philippines media who reads this at least, even for complimentary documentary only should this share with their viewing public. Filipinos’ mindset is so engrossed on everything that is cheap. Cheap jeepney and tricycle rides which the media highlighted in their so many documentaries as one of the “great ingenuity of the… Read more »
Suibon
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What is it with you people and your aversion to jeepneys (and not their owners who don’t mind riding on rusting eyesores, and who have no concept of aesthetics or maintenance)? As I have said elsewhere, old ideas ain’t automatically bad ones, not without more justification.

Danny
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I’m not against jepneeys or tricycles. For me these are products of dire necessity, where no hope for better ones can be seen in the horizon. What is despicable is what these disgusting and dirty moving contraptions symbolize. For me these rolling and noisy street hazards stand for the consistent and arrogant toying of the common Filipino people by the self-righteous politicians and government officials. In addition, these also stand for the timidity of the people who patronize these redundant politicians, and the inaction of the majority to align their moral values and priorities for a stronger and vibrant economic… Read more »
Suibon
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I don’t see where door-to-door transportation stands for small, redundant, obsolete thinking that has to be wiped out of existence once a stronger and more vibrant socioculture sets in.

Mind that I am not opposed to taking our cultural junk out (by all means, do so) — what I am vehemently opposed to is to taking serviceable ideas just because some ain’t pretty or ‘modern’ (whatever the fuck that means).

Libertas
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p-noy and his coughing fits – early stage of COPD.
but he has already inflicted that on the country
cancer of philippine democracy

upnngrad
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Sabi ata ni Valte, Pnoy’s cough is sympathetic coughing… when guLLOOO coughs, P-NOY coughs, because he cares for his former teacher so much.

monk
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The idea of a “vision” is a waste of time given an economy on auto-pilot, i.e., dependent on exports and overseas work, businesses essentially controlling the economy, the government’s only role to deal with any disputes and to entice more investors (which, in turn, is irrelevant as stronger economies are falling apart and more money entering PH), etc.

If any, leadership will be needed to prepare the country for oil shocks and high food prices. That doesn’t require “vision”.

zed
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(i copied this from the facebook i just want to share who ever of you have read this share it to the politicians) Wha korean’s Think about FILIPINO’S? MY SHORT ESSAY ABOUT THE PHILIPPINES by Jaeyoun Kim Filipinos always complain about the corruption in the Philippines . Do you really think the corruption is the problem of the Philippines ? I do not think so. I strongly believe that the problem is the lack of love for the Philippines. Let me first talk about my country, Korea . It might help you understand my point. After the Korean War, South… Read more »
zed
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that story was not mine i just copied it from facebook, as my intention is to share for the political persons who lead and guide the country ,which serves for them as a little idea/lesson.well i know the feeling of achieving your goal but its just that there is something not right?? you know that the negative sides…

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