Five reasons why Filipinos blame Noynoy Aquino for everything

Well, the inevitable is happening. More and more Filipinos are starting to blame everything on Philippine President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino and his administration. Just like how most Filipinos blamed — or keep blaming — former President Gloria Arroyo for all the ills in the land, the number of men and women who are starting to hate BS Aquino with the same passion seems to be increasing every day. From the high cost of electricity to the death and destruction caused by typhoons, Filipinos are pointing the finger at the balding man in Malacañang.

Blaming his thinning hairline on a job he was never fit to do
Blaming his thinning hairline on a job he was never fit to do
Blaming public servants they themselves elected into office will never go out of fashion in the Philippines. As they say, the search for blame is always successful. And blaming others for their own misery is something that most Filipinos are good at. Why not? Blaming is a much easier path to take than taking accountability for one’s actions. This no-worries attitude is like a sport even Filipino politicians play themselves.

To be fair, this is not something unique to Filipinos. British philosopher Bertrand Russell once said that democracy is the process by which people choose the man who’ll get the blame. Obviously, BS Aquino didn’t know about this prior to agreeing to run for the Presidency. BS Aquino will find out what Russell means soon enough. For someone who has made a career out of blaming the previous administration even for his own shortfalls, the incumbent President should not be surprised now that the tables have turned.

Blaming others to save one’s self from embarrassment is a form of defense mechanism. People’s initial instinct is to deny that they have done something wrong. It takes maturity to realize that one cannot keep hiding from one’s error in judgment by blaming other people. It takes guts to say ‘my bad’ or ‘I was wrong’ or ‘I’m sorry’.

A lot of people do not realize it yet but when we own up to our mistakes, we actually learn from them. When we blame someone else, we don’t learn anything. This is precisely the reason why BS Aquino’s critics know that he is not learning anything when he makes mistakes. He is always blaming either GMA, her allies or imagined ‘conspirators’ for his own shortfalls. BS Aquino is living proof of that other saying ‘blame is just a lazy person’s way of making sense of chaos’.

The road that led some Filipinos to blaming BS Aquino for everything bad that is happening to them or the country is different from the road that led to GMA’s. For one, GMA did not come to power with a promise to get rid of corruption; BS Aquino however, did promise to eradicate corruption with his ‘Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap‘ campaign slogan. With the help of his allies in the mainstream media and the use of a public relations firm, BS Aquino successfully milked the so-called Ninoy-Cory Aquino legacy to capture the imagination of the gullible crowd. In other words, some of those who voted for BS Aquino in the 2010 Presidential election have come to the realization that they were duped.

While some of those who blame the government for their own shortfalls tend to have a strong sense of entitlement or squatter mentality, it’s hard to blame the people who blame BS Aquino. Here are some of the possible reasons why some people think that blaming the incumbent President seems like the right thing to do:

1. BS Aquino was not qualified for the Presidency. He knew this from the start and those who forced him to run knew it as well but they still pressured him to run and worse, he agreed. They saw an opportunity and thought he had a big chance of getting the sympathy votes immediately after his mother Cory Aquino passed away. It became apparent that BS Aquino and his party-mates were not really after the interest of the Filipino people. They just took advantage of the emotional response to a beloved figure’s death to gain power for themselves and the rest of their kaibigan, kaklase and kamag-anak or KKK.

2. BS Aquino taught Filipinos the art of blaming. He could not stop blaming GMA for everything even after his honeymoon period was over and he doesn’t want to stop even when he is already halfway into his presidency. He loves accusing GMA of being the main collaborator for every crisis that keeps cropping up despite GMA being under hospital arrest and under constant police surveillance.

3. BS Aquino promised to make life better for Filipinos. He made Filipinos feel that they do not have anything to worry about. He kept persuading people to trust him and pretended that he’s got everyone’s back covered. Who can forget his statement ‘Pwede na ulit mangarap‘ during his first state of the nation address? It sounded so ridiculous even then. Unfortunately, the Filipino people’s tendency to trust and leave everything in the hands of their dear leader is all in vain.

4. BS Aquino is not a good sport. He makes it a point to complain about his critics when he feels the pressure of criticism coming his way. He tries to ostracize those who criticize him by saying that his critics simply want the ‘old ways’ and not the ‘righteous path’ as if he has a monopoly on righteousness.

5. BS Aquino is only good when he is campaigning but not when he is working. When push comes to shove, BS Aquino would conveniently come up with excuses to be out of town or be in a cabinet meeting during a crisis in order to appear ‘busy’ or ‘unavailable’. What Filipinos have in BS Aquino is an absentee leader. He’s best at reacting to situations rather than being pro-active. He doesn’t have the ability to foresee and prevent a problem from escalating. This was evident when he dismissed the Sultan of Sulu’s followers who occupied Sabah. This degenerated into a deadly crisis and could even become catastrophic as more innocent Filipinos living and working in Malaysia become casualties in the bloody standoff.

At the moment, BS Aquino can pretend that he is still popular. But as protest scenes become increasingly common and as the boos get louder, the President who blames his thinning hairline and eye bags on his job can only blame himself for accepting a job he wasn’t fit for in the first place.

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Henry Walowitz
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BS Aquino I admit, did some good things, like the RH Bill and the Cybercrime Law. Unfortuntely, the law is either rushed or too late or redundant. I just believe he did this just to get in good graces with the masses. A good start, but implemented badly…

Libertas
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“A man can fail many times, but
he isn’t a failure until he begins
to blame somebody else.”
John Burroughs

“A good leader takes a little more
than his share of the blame, a
little less than his share of the
credit.”
Arnold H. Glasow

P-noy as we know is not a leader in any sense of the word, but simply an angry little boy who can now use his position to vent the inner anger built up through his life. A nasty person with no empathy with people. His prospects – A sad lonely old man, with no hair. Karma.

Jerry Ocampo
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Noynoy’s emotional level is, I hazard to guess, prepubescent. Thus, his concept of sadness and loneliness are very basic, i.e., My PS ran out of battery, therefore I can’t play games anymore, therefore I’m sad and lonely.

Hyden Toro
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Blame Game is what Aquino is good at. He does not want to accept responsibility. If he falls short on his job; he finds people to blame or circumstances to blame. He is never qualified for the job. His “heroic” parent is his only claim to be voted as President. This guy is lazy and is a coward and is full of deceit…

John Fernandez
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BS – Bull Shit AQUINO

Legati
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Ano ba kayo! Bakit ninyo inaapi si PNoy? Hindi n’yo ba alam na he is the most brilliant inept of a president that Pinas has ever produced and a consummate victims victim. ….;-)

Libertas
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P-noy is so dumb that on his trip to england he was disappointed that Big Ben was a clock.

P-noy is so dumb that he thinks a booty call is sticking the phone up your ass.

P-noy is so dumb that when he saw the cinema advertising Free Willy, he thought his luck was in.

Johnny Derp
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P-noy is so dumb that he resorts to hiring incompetent TROLLS that are just as dumb as him to spread his propaganda.
P-noy is so dumb that he doesn’t realize that he’s dumb.

david
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It would seem to me that a number of the things that you say about Aquino are common filipino traits. 1 Most of your presidents haven’t been qualified to be President…including Cory 2. Aquino didn’t teach filipino to blame others…he simply uses a well known filipino characteristic widespread in the population. 3. All politicians say they will make life better…that’s their main selling point 4. I’ve never met a filipino that does take criticism well…in fact its a major flaw in the filipino individual and national psyche 5. He resembles a lot of pinoy when he campaigns…the disconnect between what… Read more »
ici
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agree…but i don’t deserve this bs curse on me brought by others

Glenn
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The blame game has been in the country for ages, nothing new there.
The politicians are all the same, if the current batch does not prove it,LOL!!! yippee.
The thieves are robbing the people with impunity, it is a disgrace. Blaming one guy is ludicrous, they are all in it together. Laughing their asses off at the divided masses. Remember: divided we fall.
So, w/GMA, E-RAP, the new guy=No change what-so-ever! poverty, injustice, corruption=FAIL-I-PPINES.

ici
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he reminds me of the spoiled rich scion who inherited the family business, and would most likely run it to the ground…

as usual, great article ilda.

Thomas Jefferson
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BS Aquino and his foot in mouth disease… From the Manila Standard:

http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/2013/03/20/foot-in-mouth-disease-2/

super troll
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a good writer. ilda is a good writer. kampon nga lang sha talaga ni gloria. booo!

mas gusto nya ung magnanakaw na presidente.

Johnny Derp
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Lol, super troll daw pero predictable ka naman.
Wala ka na bang alam na spiel?

StopDrinkingVirility
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Your username fits you better. SUPER TROLL ka nga talaga. 😛

Johnny Derp
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It seems that the tables have turned against the yellows.
Their practice of blaming the previous administration is now biting them in the ass.
I can already predict that things won’t end well for aquino.

sonny velez
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Not only disaster but both are catastrophe!

Jaime Veridune
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Ooooh, will he play the fishing game? Filipinos seem to be good at it too 😉 But I hardly doubt BS Aquino can get the trust of the people again by hankering sympathy.

Jaime Veridune
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I think I mean hardly believe

Glenn
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there is little doubt about the incompetence of the majority of the people governing(?) the country(actors posing as legislators, wtf?). It could even be said that they are mere puppets to the people who really run the country. So to lay the problems of the country at one persons door is to ignore what is really going on. There is a need for what the Virtual Vigilante has had the balls to purport. The population boom of the last 12 years may produce the person, or persons, capable of turning the ‘klepto-cratic’ state of affairs around to the benefit of… Read more »
super troll
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ay, active pala sila dito. hehe! nice!
nice madaming reply 🙂

super troll
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StopDrinkingVirility yep. fits me best 🙂 pinagisipan ko talaga 🙂

david
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the problem often is …the citizens. I was involved with a filipino extended family over a period of 18 months. Most of the older generation had jobs like teacher or barangay health officer. The younger generation were in college or had graduated to playing computer games all day. Whenever any discussion came up about things in the philippines the blame was roundly laid by all at the feet of corrupt politicians. Many times I could see that these people(in fact numbering 20 people /4 families)often behaved in ways that caused their own problems including lack of money. Of course you… Read more »
traffice2000
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walang palabra de honor, walang asawa, walang pagmamahal sa kapwa pilipino, walang malasakit sa mahihirap, putak ng putak, walang bayag, mareklamo, manhid sa totoong problema ng bansa, mahilig magturo ng kasalan, spoiled brat, chaka, walang buhok, hukot maglakad, corny ang mga jokes at mahilig manakot, duwag etc..etc…etc…kailan pa ba matatapos ang pagiging “AMA” ng bansa natin, puede ba hanggang ngayong taon nalang LORD please!

Markyboy
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I salute the Author of this writing, Actually yan ung dinedeny ng mga supporters ni pnoy kasi tama ung sinabi ng author na siya ung nagturo sa taong bayan kung papano manisi ngayong bumaliktad na ung sitwasyon siya tong balat sibuyas sa mga critics niya.

peace of advice lang mr. president. wag pong a**hole at unahin mo ung responsibilidad mo bago yang pagiging campaign manager mo. pinapatunayan mo lang na wala kang kwentang pangulo mas inuuna mo ung kapakanan ng mga buwaya mong mga kapartido kesa sa taumbayan. traydor!

RF Garcia
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When I opened my compu this morning there were only 6 comments on your article Ilda.When I opened it again at 2 pm there were already 42. Wow! That’ how fast your readers react to your articles. It is because much of what you say hits the right nerve in us and rings true. But your comments come too far in between. Can you write more often please?

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