President Noynoy Aquino shows discomfort with question from Sunstar’s Oscar Pineda

In a Facebook status which has garnered some attention, it was highlighted that Oscar Pineda, a journalist working for Sunstar Cebu, asked president Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino during a press briefing about the apparently inadequate support for typhoon victims and the snail-paced rehabilitation efforts in northern Cebu.

oscar pineda sunstar cebuTwo Thumbs up for Oscar Pineda of Sunstar Cebu. A friend and colleague, Oscar put in squarely to President Aquino the question of the slow phase of the typhoon Yolanda rehab work in the Visayas. Napikon Si Noynoy Aquino. Nobody dared to ask that painful question. From CNN Anderson Cooper perhaps but not from Pinoy journalists. But he did not meet yet the journalists from Cebu. Iba ang mga journalists from the Bisaya Homeland. They are among the best. What Oscar did was an epic veterans move. During out-of-town prescons with the president, the Philippine Information Agency and the Office of the Press Secretary screened the questions by asking reporters to submit them ahead. I was told Oscar submitted a different set of question and when his time was up to ask, “Boom” the question about the slow rehab work. It blew the top of President Aquino who blurted out that unfair ang media to look always at the negative side. Kudos Oscar! you asked the question that lingered in the minds of the millions of Typhoon Yolanda victims. “Where is the government?” Coming from you it was indeed a Ninja Move!

According to Cebu Daily News, this question from Pineda caused BS Aquino to blow his top.

Pineda, who was the only Cebu-based journalist allowed to shoot a question during the press briefing, told of a growing restiveness among typhoon victims who felt neglected by the national government three months after Yolanda hit northern Cebu.

This did not sit well with Mr. Aquino, who responded: “To say that no (relief goods) came seemed absurd. We’re going to Bantayan (island) now. Perhaps, I wouldn’t be going to Bantayan if the people are mad at me, isn’t that so?”

He said the reporter could just get all the data of government’s relief efforts from Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman, but later decided to talk lengthily on what his administration has done, thus far, to help the victims get back on their feet.

Questioning the veracity of the reporter’s assertion, he said, “Well, I hope you have details (on the particular) place, so that I can answer directly.”

“And, if you want to, you can come with us to Bantayan. We’ll see if they hate us,” he added.

Whether the typhoon victims hate your government or not totally misses the point, mister President. The reporter wasn’t asking about what your administration has done, but what it intends to do. The typhoon victims haven’t the slightest idea about that three months after the calamities struck, and apparently your government doesn’t either.

In that same report, BS Aquino appealed to media to “highlight” positive developments, and he added that the scale of the needed relief was “no joke”.

Recall that BS Aquino’s government was criticized hard for its lethargic and at times highly politicized response with the typhoon Yolanda relief aid. More than three months after the calamities struck, apparently many areas are still waiting for relief. BS Aquino was even reported to have snubbed a party of Yolanda survivors who came to Manila to protest the slow government aid.

BS Aquino is also notorious for being utterly hypersensitive to criticism and to bad news. He and his government are too image-conscious and want only good news being reported. They are also known for “sanitizing” and answering only questions which they have a canned answer to and which they can spin “positively”. When the reality does finally hit him, as the unemployment figures and a visit to an area in Davao hit by a previous typhoon have pointed out, he could only react in disbelief and in a baffled manner.

BS Aquino’s government does not act, it reacts, which could explain why it stumbles repeatedly over itself to propose band-aid solutions instead of proactive and preventive ones to the chronic problems in Filipino society. But then again, this reactive trait is one of Filipinos in general too, so no surprise.

Mr. Pineda’s episode comes at a time when the talk among the chattering classes is the recent display of sloppy reporting by ABS-CBN regarding a “flesh-eating disease” discovered in Pangasinan. Mainstream media in the Philippines is recently not only getting known more and more for bogus, misleading, and at times utterly fallacious reporting, it is also known for being very subservient and unquestioning of government and public affairs. Instead of living up to their role as watchdog, they instead embrace the role of lapdog, attack dog, and propaganda machine.

As some would say, faith in humanity restored, even if only for a very fleeting moment.

However, an even less obvious, but just as important, point will fly over Filipinos’ heads:

Why is it hard to find people here in the Philippines who do their job properly?

If that question doesn’t cause discomfort among Filipinos, then they deserve their wretched society, and their image-conscious, incompetent, and utterly clueless government officials.

[Photo courtesy: Froilan Gallardo]


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As I have said in the other article, parang basagulerong bading.

He is like a toddler in a playground being bullied and saying, sumbong kita kay soliman, ‘lika sumama ka kung gusto mo.

What an ijet!


And yes, he is a bading, walang bayag. Now he is following the whims of the MILF by releasing a known MILF commander and a criminal.

“I hate unsolicited advice,” the late Cory Aquino famously declared. ‘I only want good news’ pnoy aquino Good for oscar pineda These subservient sheep in the media who are more PR lobbyists than journalists, should be ashamed, not only at their lack of professionalism, but at the ‘brown envelopes’ they get. A Lifestyle check on certain journalists would soon expose their hypocricy8 and agenda. They are certainly not interested in the news, balance, or truth, just their bank accounts and invites to parties/ be part of the in crowd. That is not a journalist, just a social climber. Traitors to… Read more »
In General: We’re a lazy bunch of bastards and bitches, that’s why. The straight and narrow isn’t for the Filipino people. We’re always looking for shortcuts, ways to make life easier the quickest way possible with the least amount of actual work involved. We’re procrastinators and complainers. We’re spoiled little whining brats that want to be continually spoon-fed all our lives. There are other factors other than how corruption starts and is encouraged even in the smallest cell of society, the family. There are obstacles put into place to hinder those well meaning or simply hard working individuals from rising… Read more »

The only thing that upsets me here is the President not knowing how to answer that question properly. It’s been 3 months, what are they still expecting from the government? are they on welfare now?


The journalist asked the President a very difficult question.
Whats your name?
Let me give you a clue.
It is six letters long.
Begins with the letter W
and ends with the letter R
and it is not Wilber.

Jim DiGriz

His mother never answered any questions, unless they were given in advance. It is because his Cory and Abnoy have no brain to speak of. They are being told what to say by other people. When Aquino speaks in public, even for a short time, he has to read it from the teleprompter. What a sad clown. Marcos could speak for hours. See, intelligence is the word of the day.


hoy tumulong na lang kayo sa nasalanta kaysa punahin si noynoy!

Thomas Jefferson
Don’t you love it when the old baldie blows his top! Just goes to show that he hates criticism of the very laid back rehabilitation for the Typhoon Yolanda victims. Here are additional questions for the tenant beside the stinking river: 1. Where is the rehabilitation czar and where is the comprehensive development and rehabilitation plan that should have been drafted ASAP? 2. Why is the national government not adjusting to climate change in building above standard concrete buildings? I see the need for two-story concrete structures. Those wooden bunkhouses seen by the press as overpriced and substandard are death… Read more »
Toro Hyden

The GRP Bloggers are taking the responsibilty of informing the Filipinos; on their true and factual situations. This is the reason Aquino is very much angry on any GRP Bloggers. He wants to jail them all, by signing the on line libel law.

However, he cannot do anything about it. He is clueless on how the: internet, hyperspace, computers , etc… work. He is even more clueless on who are criticizing him. Because the names of his critics are: “fallen angel”, “Gog”, “stahlnacht”, etc…how can he catch these phantoms? They come and bite Aquino’s ass; then, dispappear into the CyberSpace …

jef engra
I’m no pro pnoy or what not. but everytime i hear people complaining about the sluggish relief efforts that the current administration is doing. I always ask them, “do you have a better idea how to make it faster?” “can you give me the details on how to tackle the obstacles?” “given the scope of the disaster with what little manpower that you have? can you give me an ETA?” They always say, use all the resources. I facepalm. they dont even know what resources we have… yes, we all donated, packed canned goods, even went to disaster areas to… Read more »

Akala siguro ng Abnoy na to eh pag-aari niya ang Pilipinas at hindi siya dapat paki alaman sa mga palpak niyang gawa. Typical Asendero attitude na akala i spoon feed sila ng mamamayan. Azz hole Abnoy go to Hell.


“In that same report, BS Aquino appealed to media to “highlight” positive developments…” – Oh, but there’s one positive thing that the Noynoy administration does, and that is giving us a good laugh… 😛

Kung ikaw may balitang sasabihin sa’yo, ano gusto mong marinig? Good news o Bad news? If we keep on focusing on the negative side (although it’s not that bad) we’ll never see the light again. If we keep on “Bashing” each other, while keeping yourself not to be bashed, have you considered the thought “if that we’re me…” thing? Keep your words pleasant to the ear but not for making it only as a perfume. Be fair everyone. Avoid people or news who doesn’t make you happy. But let me tell you this, after you successfully bashed other people, what… Read more »
jef engra

Tell me, how could you have done things better? if any of you guys knew a better way then you should have made every effort to make things faster and maybe saved a few lives. but no, you just sit there, donate a few canned goods to ease your conscience, maybe do a little packing and leave the government to do the rest. because its their job…. right?

other countries extended help, sent their best fleets because they know it was not an easy struggle… they do not bash our government, but you guys do.


Tanong ko lng sa lahat? Eh bakit nyo binoto? Sa nag comment sa taas ilan ba sa inyo or kapamilya ang bomoto k? I dont vote anymore coz I dont believe sa mga politiko sa pinas. Pag kampanya pro people pag daog pro bulsa na nila. Tama lng na isulat ang BS aquino coz its for Bullshit Aquino admin…

Cedric Lee

So three months na pala at umaasa pa rin sa donasyon ang mga victims? Ganoon na lang ba gagawin nila?