President BS Aquino will not succeed unless he listens to his critics


Philippine President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino is fed up with complaints about his administration. As far as he is concerned his critics can all go to hell because in his mind, he is doing an excellent job and no one can tell him otherwise. He will not accept any criticism even from his own allies. In fact, this is was what the President had to say to (former) ally Waldon Bello after the Akbayan Congressman wrote him a letter asking for the sacking of members of his cabinet who are involved in controversies:

He has so many complaints. My only advice to him is that, if he thinks only his views are right, in 2016, there are elections, he might want to run. And when he’s president, he can run things according to his vision,” Aquino said. “For now, I think I’m doing what I think is right.

Ally-turned-critic now on his own: Rep. Walden Bello

Ally-turned-critic now on his own: Rep. Walden Bello

There are so many things wrong with President BS Aquino’s statement. First of all, he contradicted himself once again. In a lot of occasions, he emphasized his willingness to listen to his bosses – the Filipino people. But apparently, his willingness extends only to the “bosses” who say “yes” to his term extension and to those who praise his administration.

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Second, President BS Aquino’s statement seems to be saying that the head of state can do as he pleases without any accountability for his actions. This is evident in the way he dismisses calls for the sacking of alleged corrupt and incompetent cabinet members — some who are his close friends — and absolving them of any wrongdoing even before a formal investigation is conducted.

Third, President BS Aquino thinks that only those who win the election possess the credibility to provide solutions to the country’s problems. As if saying that ordinary Filipinos do not have ideas that could work. Sadly, he is not the only one in the Philippines who hold this irrational belief.

A lot of Filipinos would quite often challenge concerned citizens who criticize and point out what’s wrong with the government by saying “kayo na nga ang tumakbo” or to “just run for office and give managing a country a go.” Their thinking is flawed because a regular person does not have any chance of winning an election in the Philippines to begin with.

Unfortunately, the only candidates that get voted in by star-struck voters are the ones with popular names. Likewise, ordinary Filipinos simply do not have a chance against those who are already in office since the incumbents can use their pork barrel funds to buy votes and prolong their stay in power. Lastly, not everyone wants to work in government. Some people simply see and point out the problems when they encounter inefficiencies in government funded services and facilities. They express their frustration in the hope that the public servants will listen and improve the services. So asking people to run for office just because they complain doesn’t make any sense at all.

Even Waldon Bello, who is a prominent activist thinks he still needs an endorsement from someone like BS Aquino to have a chance at winning the election. Bello said that he’d only run for office if the President endorsed him. The chances of that happening after Bello annoyed BS Aquino is now nil. If he does decide to run on his own, people will just consider him a “nuisance” candidate.

When BS Aquino said that he is doing what he thinks is right, he came across as someone who is in desperate need of a reality check. Unfortunately, an arrogant man would rather die acting like a fool before he listens to people with “contrarian” views. His minders and rabid supporters do not help his cause. They exaggerate his capabilities and make him believe that he is god’s gift to the Filipino people. No wonder the President thinks he is doing an “excellent” job even when he is not. The victims of typhoon Yolanda can attest to this. They want him to resign for his government’s failure to address their basic needs a year after the devastating typhoon hit Tacloban City.

Vice President only on paper: Jejomar Binay

Vice President only on paper: Jejomar Binay

Another (former) ally who received some “advice” from the President is Vice President Jejomar Binay. In the same forum, BS Aquino dared Binay to sever ties with him if he had nothing good to say about the administration to which he belongs:

If he thinks we have shortcomings, he is a member of the Cabinet so he should tell us. If not, tell us how to improve the system. And that is not a choice for him to make but an obligation as a member of the Cabinet,” he said.

The President has a point except we all know that he doesn’t listen to suggestions. Considering VP Binay is the head of the opposition team and is even running for the Presidency in 2016, the last thing BS Aquino would want to do is listen to Binay’s advice on “how to improve the system” and make him look good to the voters. A lot of people say that the attacks being carried out on Binay has the President’s blessing. But since Binay is said to be close to the Presidential sisters, BS Aquino cannot go on an all out war similar to what he did to former Chief Justice Renato Corona.

The situation is so complicated because the President and Vice President are just forced to work as a “team” even when they don’t belong to the same team. BS Aquino can’t even fire Binay because since he is part of his administration, the President cannot admit to having a staff who has “failed” in his duties lest it reflects badly on him. And this is why the President chooses his words carefully when it comes to Binay, even praising him for doing “good job” as head of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and as Presidential Adviser on OFW (overseas Filipino workers) Affairs.

Cannot handle criticism even from allies: President BS Aquino

Cannot handle criticism even from allies: President BS Aquino

BS Aquino is really in a bind. If he does not speak out against Binay, the people will think he is coddling a corrupt cabinet member. If he does speak out against Binay, the President could receive more criticism from the VP who may or may not know a compromising thing or two about BS Aquino. That is the last thing he needs.

My advice to BS Aquino is to stop acting too defensive when he gets criticized. Since he thinks his critics are not important to him anyway, there is no point focusing on them. He just looks pathetic when he complains about the people who criticize his government’s incompetence. He wants his critics to offer solutions but he wouldn’t recognize a solution even if it hit him. Otherwise, he would have fired Vice President Jejomar Binay, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes, Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima, and Budget Secretary Florencio Abad a long time ago.

14 Replies to “President BS Aquino will not succeed unless he listens to his critics”

  1. @ WTF ? Define succeed !!!! LMAO, it is seemingly the divine right of the President of the Philippines to rape and pillage and plunder the country into grinding, crushing poverty and to preserve the political dynastic ruling class.While at the same time throwing a bone, a bare one at that, to the group of Filipino’s that cry and complain the loudest. So, is the guy a success or a failure? You tell me, no wait, I don’t care,HA! and the ONE REASON IDC is that the people KNOW what needs to be done, but will not do it ! So, you get what you pay for ! and believe it:Filipino’s, like everyone else,PAY !

  2. The guy has always been there for his own agenda. He gets to define the disease and gets to define himself as a cure. He has never been one to take an opposing point of view graciously. Just gives his pikon act. Its always the usual ” me, mine, now “. Then again many pinoys can’t see through his spoiled brat act. Always talking in absolutes and motherhood statements  . Came in on his high horse and never got off. He has the monopoly of virtue in a world filled with scoundrels who all happen to disagree with him. The guy went from unaccomplished 50 year old to his mother dying to “greatest president we ever had”. If you need more insight into the disturbing psyche of BSA III. It is here. 

  3. The Aquino who is NOT a corrupt, manipulative, incompetent, moronic piece of shit has yet to be born. Fact.

    But then again the population who votes time, after time, after time, after time for the same scum deserves to get FITA.

  4. President BS Aquino’s youngest sister, Kris Aquino, wants to become President of the country as well. It’s highly likely that she’s going to be President because of the gullible, dumb fawk & easily-paid impoverished electorates. Her forte & expertise, where she has a lot of personal experience, is how to fight herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia & trichomonas infections. Does “BS” stand for Boo Sheet?

  5. I would like to coin the term “insulated administration” to describe how BS Aquino’s presidency is. All this talk of “listening to his bosses” is actually listening to his advisors and his hand-picked cabinet, which amount to pretty much nothing due to its circularity: president orders his cabinet, cabinet advises the president. Insulated, as it is.

    As for critics and BS Aquino’s treatment of them, nothing could be as childishly Pinoy when he tells them “Well, why don’t YOU become president?” Such a dismissive attitude betrays how the president undervalues his office, and perhaps how many Filipinos undervalue their own lot in life as well.

    1. Aquino listens to himself. He hears voices and sees things. He sees the nation propering…a form of Delusion…YellowTard Delusion…

  6. ..I like your attitude, Ilda — hoping, hoping, hoping. My dear, your dear BS Aquino will not listen. It is not in his character. Even if you tried to crack his head with a large steel ball, that ball will disintegrate before his head does — how can you crack a crackbrained. ….Ikaw naman, umasa ka pa.

    He will NOT listen especially now that he is inside a BUBBLE. His rah-rah boys must be continually chanting the macro figures. Indeed, the numbers look bullish, and PNoy thinks he has done something great. They will not tell him that this has nothing to do with him. The normal markets are bearish, and of course, opportunistic monies will try to hide in pockets here and there, and PHL just happened to be one of them. They could tell him OFW remittances are up and is driving the construction sector, but will not tell him that this also has nothing to do with him. They could tell him that revenues are up, but will not tell him that this has more to do with Gloria having realligned taxes..oh no, they will not tell him that. How could they tell him that when his administration has not had any strategic positioning they could call their own.

    They could tell him that retail is up, but will not tell him that this is only because the population has reached 100 million, an ideal local market size that could sustain economy of scales and local production. They will mumble that these are mostly imports. They will not tell him that they really have not thought of anything to attract foreign direct investments for that means they should have been up for many nights for the last four years rationalizing energy directions, labor competitiveness, and the very varied and unpredictable interactions of LGUs with national. They will forget that these are the very reasons that Intel, a major ivestment, and others packed up their bags and hightailed towards the exit door, showing their dirty fingers towards PHL on their way out. They will not talk about agri, which has remained stagnant, for they really have not even given this a thought. They spend so much time in golf courses that they are now confused whether agri land are for farmers or land to be developed into golf courses.

    Oh, they will not go to the particulars….no, no, no….. that would be cruel. That would open a can of worms. They will see poverty is up, illegal settlers are sprouting like mushrooms, traffic is terrible, mass transpo is a living hell, wang-wang is back, corruption is prevalent…


    ……..How dare you “boses” would tell us that we are in a worse situation than before 2010….. the macro numbers don’t say that. Don’t you understand PNoy has to have time for computer games and practical shooting practices. We can tell you na that after four years, PHL can roll with the punches. Kayo naman, no need to be pro-active. Pro-active? You must be joking, that is hard work. That will take away time for nights, which is almost every night, devoted to bars, coffee shops, and lobbies of 5-star hotels, sipping Dom Perignon, gulping Coronas, chasing models and the pwede na, or just shooting the breeze. Pasensya kayo, we are legislators, cabinet secretaries, undersecs, department heads, agency managers, Be one first, and maybe PNoy will listen to you. If you had not questioned our PDAF, DAP, and Malampaya, maybe we too would have listened. But, see, we could just roll the dice, and so far we have been lucky….. what do you mean another Yolanda…. kayo naman, bahala na……

  7. Aquino is delusional, self-righteous, idiot, lazy, with depression, paranoid, etc…

    The faster the country can rid of him and his Hacienda Luisita, the better…

    1. How about constant B-52 air strikes on the whole Hacienda Luisita, just like Operation Linebacker and Operation Linebacker II? That way, it can be sent back to the Stone Age.

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