Somebody please tell Noynoy he is President of the Philippines!

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Philippine President Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino speaking as a ‘private citizen’? I’m no expert on protocol but in my book, when one assumes the office of head of state and government, one lives and breathes the role for the entire length of the term. So as far as Noynoy is concerned, I believe there is no such thing as Noynoy the man-on-the-street. As far as Filipinos are concerned, Noynoy is The Man — the most powerful government official on the islands.

Apparently The Man fails to appreciate the nature of his job. For that matter, it is not just a job, it is the job. The biggest Prize in Philippine politics.

Noynoy misses the good ol' carefree days.

Noynoy continues to exhibit the true nature of his regard for his role as Leader of the Filipino People. Last Wednesday, the 23rd of March, in a speech before the Philippine Economic Briefing (PEB) in Cagayan de Oro City, Noynoy let out a blatantly partisan tirade against Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez who is currently the subject of an impeachment proceeding making its way up to the Senate…

Aquino said: “As the Senate prepares to try the Ombudsman, I urge you to support this and other efforts to fight corruption.”

“Together, we can eliminate the dark elements that hinder us from the true and lasting change that we have long hoped for. Together, we can end the systematized corruption that has prevented our country from fulfilling its vast potential,” Aquino said.

“We must continue tapping into this spirit of bayanihan that runs in our blood in order to finally lift this country together, as fellow Filipinos, back to its rightful place under the daylight,” he added.

Aquino said the impeachment of Gutierrez is part of the government’s efforts to curb corruption in the country.

Firstly, Noynoy obviously fails to appreciate the stature of the Philippine Senate as an independent branch of the Philippine Government and a peer of the Office of the President. Presumably, Noynoy was invited to speak before the PEB as President and not as a private individual. So such statements made public in a speech that he presumably delivers as President of the Republic is downright disrespectful to the Senate and irresponsible. Second, the “Articles of Impeachment” brought forth by the House of Representatives to try Gutierrez in the Senate articulate mere allegations and, as such, no state-sanctioned judgment has yet been made as to Gutierrez’s guilt. So for the President to be making statements that effectively drum up public sentiment in favour of a personal opinion about the guilt of a person-of-interest in a Congressional inquiry is, to say the least, grossly inappropriate.

Indeed, this speech as President sounds more like a speech that would have been delivered by a Presidential candidate. Does Noynoy still believe he is on the campaign trail? Somebody ought to wake him up! As it turns out, Noynoy does hide behind his I-am-but-a-humble-citizen-of-the-Republic campaign tagline, yet again…

“I may be President but I am also a citizen of this republic. As a citizen of this republic, I am really not happy with the performance of the Ombudsman and her people.”

Aquino said his position about the Ombudsman’s impeachment is clear to the public.

“I think I’ve said enough. I think my position is very clear. Again I’m expressing not just President but I’m expressing my opinion as a citizen who demands a certain level, shall we say, of quality of functions of public service,” he said.

But of course, Your Excellency. This imagined entitlement to a private life even as you sit on that lucratively comfy throne in Malacanang was something you used as an excuse to buy yourself a shiny new Porsche a while back. Perhaps to be fair, the public gave you an unnecessarily hard time over a car that most swinging bachelors salivate over. But in comparison to this personal opinion you make while delivering a speech as President, buying a German sportscar is absolutely harmless. In this instance, Noynoy managed to outdo himself once again.

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7 Comments on “Somebody please tell Noynoy he is President of the Philippines!”

  1. Well, of course you are correct, legalistically speaking. Amateur remarks, and lousy tap-dancing attempt to rectify the comment.

    Still, I rather think you’d be after the man no matter what he did, for he is Filipino, and your perspective is riper, more seasoned, more western. Me, I’m working to become immersed in the Filipino ways and means so I don’t stick out so sorely as a thumb for my outsider frame of mind. Boy howdy, am I doing some heady stretching.

    But I am glad the President is out front trying his amateur best to do something about corruption, rather than wading neck deep in fertilizer and other scams that rob the people. I’ll forgive a blunder or 20 as long as the path is as straight and true as it can be in the Ego mad, power hungry Philippines.

  2. Romantic Jeff Gonzales
    As another oil price hike looms next week, the Aquino government is trying to put in place more mitigating measures to assist the food/agriculture sectors. The Department of Energy (DOE) said it is studying the possibility of extending crude oil assistance for the agriculture sector upon the representation of the Department of Agricul…ture (DA) and Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR). Wow! ang galing naman. I’m sure maraming maiinggit nito.

    Romantic Jeff Gonzales Yes, on-going ngayon ang mga projects ni PNOY, pabahay sa AFP at PNP, pagsasabatas ng fuel assistance program sa mga apektadong sector, paggawa ng mga skwelahan, proyekto sa agrikultura para magkaroon ng food sufficiency ang bansa, sa ngayo…n continues ang mga bidding para sa PPP projects, patuloy pa rin ang pagtulong ng gobyerno sa mga OFW sa gitnang silangan, new zealand at Japan, at patuloy sa paghikayat sa mga foreign investors na mamuhunan sa bansa at meron ngayon bago 5 new firms will invest in Bataan freeport na at least mag employ ng 373 katao. Kaya patuloy lang sa pagsuporta sa administrasyong ito sa kabilang ng mga kaguluhan at kalamidad sa ibang bansa.

    http://www.facebook.com/presidentnoy#!/presidentnoy?sk=wall

    Sige benign0. Or shud I say big0. Akala mo magaling ka? In denial pa rin ang mga tuta ni Gloria katulad sa iyo!!!!!! Sige irefute mo yung pinost ko dito.

    1. Refute what exactly? All I see above is a jumble of incoherent ramblings and no clear point highlighted that one can “refute”. Be a bit clearer, plez. State your argument coherently so that I might “refute” it properly. 😉

  3. Obviously the memo was never given to the public, but the real leader of the Philippines is not other than…President Benigo Aquino III little-known lawyer who they call “Little President” Executive Secretary Paquito ‘Jojo’ Ochoa. This is common knowledge in the Aquino cabinet.

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