PRESIDENT BS Aquino The Last turns 55 tomorrow.
How will the military greet him on his birthday anniversary? With a 15-gun salute, of course, hopefully with blanks.
And how will the people greet him? Unquestionably, with a call for his resignation. Lamentably, he’s not expected to listen to his “bosses,” his claim of discomfort with the trappings of power notwithstanding.
This day is as good as any other day to discuss the kind of president that he is. Why is he called BS Aquino? He chose this when he disregarded his middle name “Cojuangco” in favor of his full name Benigno Simeon. Many acclaim him for this appropriate choice which cuts both ways.
But why BS Aquino The Last? Well, it seems he might never get to sire a son that he could name after him. He’s still single and the clock is running out of him. Or, is it the girls? After his first days as a senator in 2007, he threw a getting-to-know-you shindig for Senate reporters. I asked his gofer then, now Budget Secretary Butch Abad, how come Noynoy was still a bachelor. Butch replied within the earshot of Noynoy: “He’ll never marry as long as Cory is alive.” That was in 2007. Cory died more than five years ago but Noynoy’s still single so Butch’s statement was off. Calling him “BS Aquino The Last” could goad him into finally marrying and having an Aquino The Fourth.
Oh, but a man can be a bachelor and still sire a child, right? Just ask DILG Sec. Mar Roxas. So, why is there no report about an Aquino The Fourth despite the President’s being linked to a number of girls? A friend said the answer could be found in the President’s neck. A bullet grazed his neck during a coup attempt led by Sen. Gringo Honasan in 1987. This could be the reason why he often could not hold his head straight. This could also be the reason why, during Senate sessions, he was often looking up the ceiling as if he was counting lizards, in the words of a fellow Senate reporter. (Look for another reason why he often opens his mouth and smiles even when not conversing with another person.)
Going back to my friend’s analysis, he said the bullet that grazed the President’s neck could have raptured a vein that affected his virility. I don’t know if my friend’s merely pulling my leg but he swears by his conclusion. Perhaps, the President must have had recurrent pain in the neck but definitely, he has been a pain in the neck since he went to Malacañang.
The death of President Cory was a great tragedy. However, it spawned an even greater tragedy in the emotional catapulting of her son to the presidency. I wish I could say something nice to him on his birthday. The PCOS, the Disbursement Acceleration Program, the pork barrel, the rise in smuggling, the protection of guilty allies and recently the lack of sympathy for and empathy with the massacre victims and their families – how can I make a favorable spin out of these?
On second thought, I could think of something to praise him for. Once, I think in 2008, he made a well-researched interpellation of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile who was sponsoring a bill seeking to amend the Electric Power Industry Reform Act. Well, that was “one and done.” There was no follow-up. That’s why in his three years as senator, he never really impressed us. If you’ll make a more serious research, you’ll find that he had a very negligible press coverage before his mother became gravely ill.
During the three years that I covered him at the Senate, I found him to be onion-skinned. I had already written about his reaction on my article wondering why, after nine years as congressman and more than two years as senator, he still didn’t know that the Senate could consider a House bill without a counterpart measure. He said in a menacing tone after we were about to part: “Oh baka naman kinakalaban mo lamang ako.”
If Malacanang believes that criticisms of the President come only from the “usual suspects,” it should read more comments from netizens. A reader, Christian Albert Pua, chimed in his opinion on the character of BS Aquino The Last:
“Born with a silver spoon in his mouth, he was never compelled to work hard.
“He was insensitive to the death of the SAF commandos because he knew nothing about truly working for the national interest.
“The Filipino people have lost their trust in the incompetent leadership or non-leadership of Noynoy. If he’s really for justice and the national interest, he must save the nation by resigning.”