Senator Sergio Osmena is right: PNoy is an awful manager (But we all already knew that)

As the term of Philippine President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III nears its end, and as electioneering fever starts to grip the national “debate” as the public’s anticipation of that end ramps up, the truth we have long known about the Second Aquino Administration begins to emerge — even from his staunchest supporters and biggest stalwarts within the Liberal Party:

A ban on BS Aquino as president. Back in 2010 it was an unpopular thought!
A ban on BS Aquino as president. Back in 2010 it was an unpopular thought!
BS Aquino is not only not a leader, he is an “awful manager”.

No less than top Aquino ally Senator Sergio Osmena, who campaigned for BS Aquino back in 2010, pointed out what’s been so obvious for some time now, that the President sucks when it comes to getting things done. Fact is, the quality of one’s underlings and their output reflects one’s management abilities. Following BS Aquino’s ill-thought-out call to Filipinos to refrain from voting no-substance “ampaw” candidates, Osmena reportedly pointed out how the President may himself be guilty of being exactly that.

“I think that the Aquino administration might also be called ‘ampaw’ sapagkat marami silang hindi ginawa na magagawa nila…”

[Tagalog dialect section translated: “…because they could have done more but didn’t”]

Osmena dithered when asked whether he regreted campaigning for BS Aquino back in 2010 but expressed clear disappointment over how the President went about his business in the years following his ascent to Malacanang. He specifically pointed out the rampant cronyism and nepotism that came to characterise the Second Aquino Administration and the all but broken promise of elevating millions of Filipinos from the wretched poverty that has imprisoned them for decades…

“After that, he chose all his classmates, his shooting mates, his relatives. He selected them,” Osmena said.

He said he had no regrets for supporting Aquino, who he insisted was the best candidate in 2010.

“But I am also very disappointed. I am ashamed that he did not perform well. If he can drive 80 mph, why drive at only 30mph?”

He said the public needed to light a fire under the President’s feet.

Indeed, the Philippines has had to “downgrade” its poverty reduction targets recently after Socio-economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan reportedly admitted that President BS Aquino had failed in its mission to reduce poverty incidence to less than 17 percent by the time he steps down. Instead, poverty may persist at 18 to 20 percent levels by 2016 when BS Aquino’s term ends…

Despite remarkable economic growth under Aquino, the poverty rate has stayed around 25 percent since 2003.

Economists and business leaders have warned that growth has been largely limited to only a few sectors like exports and business outsourcing, leaving sizable segments of the population such as farmers untouched.

This “remarkable” growth at 7.2 percent recorded last year has been used ad inifinitum by BS Aquino’s propaganda machine to assure Filipinos that his government was kicking goals. Yet it’s long been known that Philippine-style “economic growth” is all smoke and mirrors and largely a myth. This did not stop even foreign media outlets from getting into the Philippine cheering fad. Back in 2011, we called out “business” magazine Businessweek for its sloppy reporting in this regard. Back then, the venerable business journal “reported” that “there are signs that the Philippines, the world’s 33rd largest economy, might be on a sustainable upward trajectory. Under the leadership of Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III, son of late ex-president Corazon Aquino, the country is fighting corruption and tax dodging and is investing heavily in infrastructure and relief for the poor.”

But we did not buy all that BS. Back then I wrote…

The BusinessWeek report is all positive spin, but ends up inadvertently highlighting pretty much all of what makes the Philippine economy a hollow shell — a bubble even — citing as signs of good times ahead, the fact that Manila “sports the third largest mall on the planet: SM City North EDSA, with 1,100 shops, 400 of which include places to eat”, and the attractiveness of the country as a site for multinationals’ call-centre operations, a trend that simply points to the fact that there is nothing in the domestic economy and its capital base that promises much else for the exploding supply of Filipino job seekers.

Balisacan now confirms this, saying that the situation remains the same as it had been for decades: “the poorest families are being left behind.”

That President BS Aquino would be an utter failure as the Chief Executive of the Philippine government was something we foresaw from the very beginning. Way back in mid-2010, GRP author Ilda wrote in her seminal piece Why Noynoy Aquino is not ‘the one’ about the prevailing agreement amongst what, at the time, was an elite minority of smart people who held the unpopular opinion that then candidate BS Aquino was absolutely unfit to be President of the Philippines.

Ever since I started blogging about Noynoy, I’ve always argued that it is not really Noynoy who will be running the show but the people behind him. I am not surprised now that he has been quoted as saying: “I am sharing 50 percent to 80 percent of the job (of the presidency) with my one and only partner Mar Roxas, and I am offering him not just one, but several portfolios in an oversight capacity.”

The arrangement is quite convenient for both Mar and Noynoy indeed. I had a strong feeling the reason why Mar gave way to Noynoy is because Mar knew fully well Noynoy’s inability to do anything significant, and that it will most likely be him who will be calling the shots anyway. I also had a strong feeling too that the reason why Noynoy agreed to run for the presidency is because he knew he could just rely on the people around him, particularly Mar who has been a close family friend all along.

The author of the article quoting Noynoy’s latest revelation, Ninez Cacho-Olivares, is right in saying that Noynoy “wants to be president of the republic, but does not want to accept responsibility and accountability because he knows he is incapable of handling government”. How dishonest of Noynoy and the Liberal Party. He announces his plan of job share after the endorsement from the Iglesia ni Christo was announced. He probably thinks that his bid is already in the bag anyway. Where is the integrity in that man? Where is the justice for the rest of the people who don’t believe in him? Noynoy Aquino is one piece of work. He is so used to people handing things to him on a silver platter and this includes the highest post in the land.

It’s getting a bit tiring being right all the time. But somebody has to fill that role of intellectual integrity and honesty — specially in a country renowned for a national “debate” where all the wrong arguments win consistently.


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Hmph, talk about rats leaving the sinking ship. Especially when one can remember how staunch a defender Sergio Osmeña was of BS Aquino when the pressure was on him to open his bank accounts in the aftermath of the Corona trial.

Indeed, some promises are made to be broken.

The guy was a 50 year old career hanger on when he was picked to be “standard bearer” . I wrote In GRP around Aug 2012 that not only did he not have accomplishments , he also did not have failures. Any leader worth anything has failures . There is a reason why people always say learn from your mistakes. Because you do. This guy knew nothing. What I also find endlessly fascinating is that many of his flaws can be concealed with smoke and mirrors but my gut feel is he really has no sense of what is appropriate… Read more »
Thomas Jefferson

This is for the people behind BS Aquino. A government of ampaw for ampaw and by ampaw!

hi… as an expat living here for several years from the u.s., with plenty of it’s own problems, it’s very interesting to read this well written perspective on noynoy. i often wonder what it will take for filipinos to wake up and finally take control of their own destiny, before it’s too late. nothing really positive ever seems to change here and i do understand the underlying causes, but meanwhile the philppines is drowning in it’s own out of control population and driving fast towards a dead end. there’s far too many important issues that are constantly being ignored here… Read more »
And now our much awaited “blame it on GMA” has just happened. “Press Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. dismissed the plunder complaint filed against President Aquino Budget Secretary Florencio Abad and Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala along with alleged pork barrel scam brains Janet Lim Napoles and other charges involving the unliquidated funds in Nabcor and the calamity funds of Social Work Secretary Dinky Soliman, saying that the anomalies were not the fault of the current administration but the one that preceded it.” He is not only an awful manager, he is also a liar (contrary to what Osmena is saying… Read more »
Senator Osmena is not that well-thought of how PNoy administration is doing. No less than the efficient and effective leaders in the land Senator Miriam Santiago and Mayor Rodrigo Duterte support PNoy’s advocacy. Both understand the obstacles hurdled by this administration just to shed a bit of light in this country, within the limited six (6) years of presidency, from its gutter hole. The ‘ampaw’ and ‘awful manager’ words are not absolute. As if this administration has not achieved any significant leap in the past. So far, PNoy has done somehow something good, let alone the unpleasant ones. Here, take… Read more »
“Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results.” Peter Drucker And pnoy aquino’s failure to deliver results is made worse by having a high approval rating, house support and a strengthening economy from the outset of his presidency. No barriers to success, and therefore no excuses for his subsequent failure. Noynoying, personal vendettas, and the appointment of incompetent friends/shooting buddies etc ensured that the opportunity for change was lost, promises broken, and corruption continued as usual, if not worse than before. Net effect – the philippines has fallen further behind its ASEAN neighbours,… Read more »
Government of the people, for the people, and by the people A little boy goes to his Dad and asks, “What is politics?” Dad says, “Well, son, let me try to explain it this way: I’m the breadwinner of the family, so let’s call me Capitalism. Your Mom, she’s the administrator of the money, so we’ll call her the Government. We’re here to take care of your needs, so we’ll call you the People. The nanny, we’ll consider her the Working Class. And your baby brother, we’ll call him the Future. Now, think about that and see if that makes… Read more »
Here is one concrete example of poor management, ineptness and twisted priorities for the BS Aquino admin. The DOTC will now replace all motor vehicle license plates from those old “Pilipinas”, “Philippines 2000” to the newer ones to “Daang matuwid”. All in all the Philippines have 10 million motor vehicles. A pair of the new license plates with “security features” will cost the motor vehicle owner P450. P450 for plate numbers you didn’t need in the first place (if like me, your rig is a dinosaur). “Security features” my foot. They said this security features which hopes to address the… Read more »

And now the yellow idiot is saying that the plunder raps against him, Abad and Alcala is absurd because he is now saying he/they did not gain anything from it.

Now, I don’t know about the idiot pinoys, but can you even believe what this guy is saying? It is just like the exhaust system of your car talking, “I got nothing out of that deal between the engine the gas tank and the gas pump.”

This is a pure insult to the filipino people.

JT Jerzy
and so it goes…..nothing has been done, because nothing was supposed to get done. At least there are a few people that know what the problems are, for that is half the battle. However, it is forever (or so it seems) that the same dizzying ineptitude dazzles the eyes of the people yet fails to feed even their most basic of needs. This will continue ad nauseum because there needs to be a collectivist strategy. In a society that is so self-centered that may very well prove to be impossible. So ingrained is the revulsive corruption of every institution in… Read more »
Hyden Toro
If a person is a dud, he will always be a dud. They say that, “only Rats and Ghouls will be jumping off a sinking ship”. You will see that the Political Rats, who climbed aboard ; during the begining of the Aquino administration, will be the first Political Rats, who will be jumping off from the listing and sinking Aquino administration ship. Osmena is now talking about the Aquino administration. Why did he supported Aquino? Did he not have information on his candidate? If you look from the begining of life of Aquino. He did not accomplish anything significant,… Read more »
The thing is, the yellow blithering idiot is at it again. Trying to fill-up the SC with more “ampaws”. Lamierda said that the palace has only good things to say about Grace Pulido Tan being nominated to take the place of a soon-to-retire SC associate. Knowing the JBC…. hah! They accepted someone with a grade of 4 be SC. 4 being the lowest. Sereno should have been disqualified as an applicant for the high seat, having flunked her psychiatric and psychological testing and was unfit for the post, as the rules of the JBC state that anyone getting a Grade… Read more »
june feliz

… if Senator Sergio Osmena still insists that the latter was the best candidate in 2010, then he, too, is a poor manager for failing to identify and weigh the strengths and weaknesses of the person he was going to hire as President… and if he has no regrets for campaigning for BS Aquino in 2010, then with his own words “… the public need to light a fire” under his own feet, not only that of BS Aquino…