The Man I Hope To Finally See and Respect

The first 72 hours in every disaster relief and rescue operation is the most crucial. It’s when a responsible and speedy reaction is much needed. It was during this most crucial time, the 1st 72 hours, that I was hoping our government leaders have acted more swiftly and responded more responsibly as well.

Dressed in yellow through campaign and crisis: President Noynoy Aquino
Dressed in yellow through campaign and crisis: President Noynoy Aquino
No, I was not expecting for a Superman. All I wanted to see then in our leader was:

1. A compassionate father of this nation reassuring its people and rallying for unity and cooperation—one that is representing RP and not just LP

2. A commander-in-chief with some sense of urgency—one who will promptly deploy our armed forces to promptly assist in the clearing, rescue, and relief operation

3. A manager who knows his priorities and promptly organizing a network of inter-agency committees and task forces

4. A listener who is not too proud to enlist the help of other experts outside LP and outside his current cabinet members whenever necessary

5. A man exercising humility and wisdom and willing to evaluate objectively and accept some good suggestions and constructive criticisms

What I saw instead:

1. A 50 y/o boy who told everyone that we are ready and we have all the necessary ‘toys’: 3-C130, 32-helicopters, and 20-ships (please, don’t ask me now how many of these were actually made available)

2. A 50 y/o boy and his dear playmate blaming Tacloban officials for the lack of response when 95% of them were badly affected.

3. A 50 y/o boy distributing bottles of mineral water for photo ops in his ever so bright yellow shirts

4. A 50 y/o boy and his playmate responding to critics and trying to convince the world that “the government’s response has been reassuring to the people”

5. A 50 y/o boy firing a chief superintendent and busy downplaying the death toll for whatever reason (and did I hear it right? anybody who is unidentified is not counted as dead!)

6. A 50 y/o boy telling the media to ‘accurately’ report the event (or better make him look good despite the documented evidence to the contrary, or else!)

Some mathematicians are talking about the S curve and the reality of ‘work’ where the initial and final phases often always move at turtle pace. But see, the situation is not just an ordinary task or usual construction project—where the ‘contractors’ normally take their own sweet time and sometimes even intentionally delay the job in order to earn more. This was a relief and rescue operation where SPEED is of utmost essence, for it can mean life and death of hundreds of thousands survivors. The pace of a construction project, more than just the owner’s financial resources, largely depends on the intention, leadership, and resolved of the contractor. (i.e. when we had our house renovated, most contractors said it will take 120-150 work days to finish. I did not accept and did not hire them instead. To cut the long story short, we ended up finishing the renovation in less than 45 days). It is pretty much so in a relief operation. There are tons and tons of relief goods still in the warehouses of DSWD and warehouses of those large TV networks and mostly have yet to be distributed–as that’s how they work. But then, there are also the more efficient and determined NGOs and private groups (ours included) who managed to have responded quickly and distributed the relief goods as early as Nov 10-14. Again, I say, the pace can only be as slow as we accept them to be. And in this case, we cannot afford to wait ‘til kingdom come.

The Commander-in-Chief going hands-on for the cameras
The Commander-in-Chief going hands-on for the cameras
For goodness sake, we do not need to see our leader doing the actual distribution of bottled water for photo ops—or at least, not on the 1st most crucial 72 hours. We do not need to hear his whining, complaining, and non-stop blaming of the LGU—again, at least not on the most crucial time, in the same way many of us, private citizens, declared a self-imposed ceasefire for 5 days just to focus on the relief operation.

What I wanted to see is a leader on top of the strategic planning & large scale operation for relief, rescue, recovery, and rehabilitation efforts. What most of us wanted to see is a leader that is tough yet exercises prudence, humility, and compassion. What I wanted to see is leader whose heart and mind is bigger than his ego and much bigger than his mouth.

What I saw was a boy sporting his bright yellow outfit in the midst of death and misery… What I saw was a boy leading the LP—hostile, if not vindictive, to his political opponents… What I saw was a boy who cannot stop from blaming and criticizing others to cover his shortfall, yet unwilling to accept criticisms… What I saw was a boy with seemingly very little emotion and compassion—stoic to the sufferings of many…

And while I grieve for the thousands of lives lost brought forth by this super typhoon, I cannot help but to also grieve for the lack of leadership our nation has at this time…

I can only pray that the BOY I saw over the last 10 days will soon grow up and be the kind of MAN I hope to see, and yes, respect…

(Note: I know some people will bash me for this and call me names and treat me like an enemy of the state. But I said this once and I’ll say it again, my loyalty to my President ends where the welfare of my fellowmen begins… I only shared with you what I wanted to see and what I saw… Again, my eyes may not be as clear nor as blinded as the others… So please, instead of telling me to shut up or bashing me online, just share instead what you wanted to see in your leader against what you actually saw… And together, let us pray fervently for him and for our beloved nation…)


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Well said, Aunt Mary! I believe you spoke for many of us. Indeed, our president is a little boy, and little boys should not be president. I don’t know if we can afford to wait for him to grow up on the job, especially in these crucial times for our country.

Arturo S Caber

its up to the Filipino to judge…


Your points are right on, Aunt Mary. We cannot wait for this boy to grow-up. Let’s just give him a good ass whipping for pretending to be a grown-up. Maybe use, Korina’s slippers on top of Mar’s sack of onions.


thank you aunt mary…indeed our hope for that 50 yr/o boy was not justified by his action or the lack of it.

Peace Walker

What you wanted to see was a man who had a concrete list of priorities by getting to help the beleaguered civilians in the storm-stricken areas by acceptable and genuine means.

What you saw was a 50-year-old boy who high-tailed it out of there the moment the Supreme Court declared Pork Barrel unconstitutional. He took 2 days to get to Tacloban, only 2 hours to return to the capitol, if the news articles are credible.

we Filipinos had to only blame but ourselves. This is happen when you had leaders who were never taught the value of LEADERSHIP AND INITIATIVE. That Extra effort that someone puts to seperate from Mediocrity. Our nation is run by what do you expect softies who at a young age were never taught discipline by their parents. Slacking around. Just let the housekeeper or should i say KATULONGS and look at the results and consequence. LEADERS who doesn’t have balls born out of weak upbringing. The MAMAS BOYS Kind of thing. Most Filipinos were never taught that and look at… Read more »
A MAMA’s BOY forever, he WAS MADE that way, perhaps being an UNICO HIJO! BUT, WILL NEVER GROW UP because MOMMA IS GONE! And perhaps again, he might still be WEARING his diaper? I CAN ONLY BLAME those GREEDY, those HUNGRY for POWER, for making him their PAWN! They’re AWARE and they KNEW that this guy KNOWS NOTHING! At the same time, this might ALSO be our WAKE UP CALL, to be VIGILANT next time! Meanwhile, we can only sigh! Yes, we’re disgusted for we wanted ACTION from that person WHO they made their president! At least, the WHOLE WORLD… Read more »
abad santos

you’re right!


very well said Aunt Mary.

I personally think, It is all coming back to us, we voted for them (our government officials). So we reap what we sow. We have nothing to blame, but ourselves. so sad bad true 🙁

Let’s just pray for our beloved Philippines.


has anybody seen the Nuremburg Trial. I compare our Senate and Congress as the NAZIS. Everyone of THEM should be tried. LET THE PHILIPPINE PEOPLE WITNESS ALL THE ATROCIOUS ACTS THAT were commited by these Low life Buffoons. Crimes against Humanity, Dereliction of Duty and Treason to the Filipinos. HANG ALL OF THEM!!!


The problem is, where can we hold their trials? Our Justice System is in cahoots with these buffoons already. Its really sad and frustrating. We need a full overhaul.

nenette paulin

well said and i agree, but then you see— i read somewhere sometime ago… that Leaders are like Eagles, they dont flock, they come one a time…
unfortunately, our leader is not an eagle but a little bird lost in the game he played and still plays..I pray God bless the Philippines.

edwin siatan

i disagree…He is not a boy. He’s a girl!!!!!


Please refrain from insulting girls.

. . . This idiot is in a league of his own.

Isto Guingona
“Ye shall know the Truth. And, the Truth shall make you free.” From the mouth of the greatest preacher of all times: Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Mr. Aquino grew up, with “silver spoon” on his mouth. He has always servants , to take care of his needs. He never worked , like us, to earn his livelihood. So, when disasters come. He avoids responsibility, by crawling to his Hole, in Malacanang Palace. After , the smoke is cleared. He comes out from his HOLE; for photo opportunities. Then, blame other people for the work he refuses to do. After which,… Read more »
Sea Bee
It is pretty obvious if our own area is hit by a natural disaster; we are on our own for at least two weeks. If we have been provident enough to put away the necessary water and canned food; who is going to protect us from the hungry mobs who will break into our homes and steal what we have? It is a pretty grim picture. It is only a matter of time until a super storm hits the Manila area. What contingency plans has the federal govt. and the mayor of Manila drawn up to deal with that future… Read more »
Hope Less

Your thiughts are grim, but true! This is a result of years of neglect and lack of planning. Many people cannot afford to do that because they are too poor, barely able to affford a days meal. Do we expect saving for rainy days? Many Filipinos live barely humanely possible, and that is a shame on everyone of us. These people do not deserve this…


Since when is “indefinite”, 48 hours.
Clearly pnoys slush/bribery fund/pdaf is more important to him than yolanda/filipinos.
without it his power will quickly evaporate

Hyden Toro

That’s what you get, by electing a person because of his/her name. And not, of his qualifications. We elect people, like products are identified thru their trademarks. Humans are not mass produced species. Everyone of us, is unique…some slow learners…some fast to comprehend. Some have many qualifications…some…none at all. Except their popularity, pretty or handsome faces, and family names. Now, we have family dynasties.


wearing his ever present yellow ribbon pnoy aquino asks people to unite.
threatening local officials pnoy aquino asks people not to blame.
firing a policeman for a valid remark pnoy aquino speaks of transparency
saying he will stay at tacloban indefinitely pnoy aquino takes the next plane out

clearly irony is lost on this dunderhead.


A man can fail many times, but the worst failure is when he begins to blame somebody else.
John Burroughs


AUNT MARY, you are a SWEETHEART and I enjoyed and agreed with every bit of what you said. I do want to point out that faith without works is dead though.
So, along with those prayers let us see some bona fide ACTION from these weasels with their hands on the keys to the treasury. Yes, and if they can not get their collective acts in gear….’lets get ’em out’,
in the immortal words of the late great Lou Reed, ‘ON THE DIRTY BOULEVARD!’.

Robert Haighton

I fully agree with you, aunt Mary

Mary Jean

Thanks 🙂