The #BeastModePresident! The New Official National Cringe

In an attention grabbing stunt, the President Vowed Not to Smoke for a Day for the Papal Mass scheduled for today January 15, 2015. Not to say that such a sacrifice was not worth the PR it was intended for, I could not help but think that perhaps he thought the presence of The Vicar of Christ was not worth the cigarette that he was puffing on.

Tita Cory must be turning in her grave! The rest of the public had their stomach turning as well when he started spewing his usual spiel of blame that went all the way back to the conquistadores, to Marcos, Former President GMA and now the clergymen who are critical of his administration. Thank you Mr. President as you have now made us more famous again. Your stunt has just been published in the New York Times at the time of this writing. Your bald head was not even worth talking about, but you did!

It should not come as a surprise that there was much more irreverence where that came from. #BeastMode douchebaggery culture has been elevated and dispensed from the highest office. The highly revered was not spared. The spectacle had me wincing from the screen as he continued on and on with his blame and the lambasting of the clergy to high heavens. Whatever happened to Filipino Hospitality when we could not even spare quarters to invited guests and his party? Discourtesy was given in exchange for the historic courtesy visit. Surely we can treat our guests with dignity and perhaps just proper protocol. I could not fathom what must have been going on in his mind if there was anything going on in it at all. If we were to blame the speechwriter, then someone must be hanged for his disservice to the nation.

Where the obvious display of partisan colors can be overlooked, we cannot help but ask for better leadership in a country so divided by opinion and social stratification. Perhaps we could have just gone along with the Pope’s unifying message from the Gospels and a genuine concern for God’s people. Perhaps we could lay aside some issues of the past and tread progressively into the future? While the Philippines has become a little bit more than a blip on the map in recent days, are we not blowing the opportunity for gaining some respect for ourselves?

As I would like to see the glass as “half-full,” as he would have said, it is now harder to swallow the fact that we are staring through the bottom of the glass. Empty!


About John Bay

John is a Senior Management Consultant for Strategy and Planning and has consulted with some of the most famous local and international companies. He has a combined experience of 15 years in the area of Enterprise Development and Corporate Strategic Planning. He has been a Professional Manager, a Management Consultant a Development Economist and an NGO Executive Director.

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John is a Senior Management Consultant for Strategy and Planning and has consulted with some of the most famous local and international companies. He has a combined experience of 15 years in the area of Enterprise Development and Corporate Strategic Planning. He has been a Professional Manager, a Management Consultant a Development Economist and an NGO Executive Director.

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My husband and I shared the same reaction as you..we cant help but close our eyes, cringe and do a face palm reaction while he was reading his speech. His speech regarding “blame” towards political enemies are uncalled for, improper and rude, not to mention very stupid during this historic event! Very unlikely comment/speech from the head of state.


That was petty. Fucking petty. Just when the event called for rising above petty grievances and quotidian quibbles, the President had to hammer on his enemies in the Church using the Pope as an excuse. He might be right about his advocacy of birth control, and right to distance himself and his administration from the Catholic Church, but what he said — that is not the time or place to air all that dirty laundry.

Fucking petty, indeed.


This is another good example of why we Filipinos fail to make any progress in this world. We keep taking things too personally and make a personal show of what should otherwise be a public event.

Really, it sickens me to say that our President is no better than his whore of a sister when she interviewed the crew Spider Man 2. It always has to be about THEM when it’s supposed to be about EVERYONE!

Fergus JM Ducharme

I could not believe my ears when I heard the drivel spewing from the mouth of the President at such an important meeting. Did no one ever tell him “not to wash your dirty laundry ijn public”? Where were his advisors and speech writers when this was put together. It is shameful and a complete disgrace for the Philippines people. Shame on you BS Aquino, you should know better! Someone better haver a word with His Holiness’ key people and apologize profusely for this insanity!

Dick S. O'Rosary

That bishop made the “should wear a wig” comment in 2012. Its now 2015. Most people would’ve forgotten, but out commander-in-chief remembers such useless remarks, one would think he has more pressing issues to think about.

Brando Braganza

im not even a catholic, but what abnoy did is stupendous. didn’t they have a closed door meeting right before the address??? why not mention the issue there?? more showbiz presidents, anyone???

he keeps on bragging about issues brought up by past administrations…was yolanda a disaster brought up by such? was trhe governments “timely” response caused still by past administration?

filipinos really know how to pick their presidents and leaders 🙂

oh wait, why not watch vice ganda’s interview with him. that seems to be more mind blowing 🙂


Doesn’t the Theme of the Papal Visit, Mercy and Compassion? Maybe Pnoy does not know what it means. It’s a complete disgrace to Filipinos, being headed by an ignorant fool. We were watching the coverage and was like,”WTF?” with a complete facepalm.


This one and his interview with CNN’s Amanpour brought the same feeling, I wanted to throw something at the TV monitor at the same time that I wanted to sink into nothingness in the sofa where I was. Pwede ba, Malacañang, he can have his missteps, mistakes, or faux pas kung tayo-tayo lang; wag naman kung nandyan ang army ng foreign media. We will be hosting this year the APEC which is bigger media-wise; can somebody pls give him a flu, a fever, anything that will make him miss that event.


If we want to change the philippines for the better….lets start with him.


“Umandar na naman ang kiriring ng ulo ni Aquino.
Aquino forgot to take his anti-depressant medication…


Filipinos are self righteous, irresponsible, cannot take responsibility and immature. This is true to their leaders…


He shows at least that “beast mode” should belong to the Transformers cartoon and not in real life.


Well At Least He Showed The TRUE COLLORS OF THE PHILIPPINES…FOR THE WHOLE WORLD TO SEE, And You Wonder Why The World See’s No Use For The Filipino!!


The interview/speech or whatever it was ,I’ve not seen…but it seems about right for the idiotic leader of such an idiotic country to make such ill-timed remarks in the presence of such a great Man, upon the world stage for all the world to see and therefore judge.
As if the RP’s President attempted to exalt himself in the eyes of the world, the idiot has but humbled himself and show the entire world what an idiot he is, and the fact that his nation let him do it? The Filipino looks just as ridiculous.


I expected him to say something idiotic/stupid and he still blew my expectations away… #BeastModePresident indeed

Johnny Derp

Wasn’t surprised of the idiotic thing he did in front of the pope though, it’s already expected that he’s going to do something so stupid like blaming the past administration, blaming marcos and blaming the clergy too

This latest f+=k up certainly gave the pope a bad impression of Aquino.


The President of the Philippines is a certified resident of LaLa Land with dual citizenship in Neverland. He lives in the past- ergo, an inept leader with a vengeful persona.


“Beast mode” wat?

The one certain thing that is “beastly” about him is that he looks like that “Beast” villain from that comedy film Kung Fu Hustle.

The thing is, did PNoy lie before the Pope? Did he speak with invented facts and innuendos just so he can hug the limelight for himself? Or did he simply talk of the truth? And I’m not talking about the truth that you or I agree or disagree with I’m talking about the truth in PNoy’s own perspective. It was his observation and if he think that he needs the Pope to hear it, hey, to whom you can confide the truth better than the Pope? I’m not defending PNoy for there are people who can do that better than… Read more »

With that kind of speech it only shows that he could not move on…Come on its already halfway before the end of his term and he is still so engrossed in blaming the previous administration…A person who blames his predecessor means that he’s not done enough in
his time because there were no stories to tell about himself…