An outspoken businessman on Tuesday said President Benigno Aquino 3rd failed to address the needs of Filipinos because of corruption.
George Chua, president and CEO of the BAIC) group in the Philippines, described Aquino’s straight-path mantra as a big lie and anti-poor.
“Our poverty rate has not improved, [it]has actually deteriorated. The underemployment and unemployment rates have [also]not improved,” Chua told a roundtable with reporters and editors of The Manila Times.
He said the government has failed to address housing needs of the poor.
Aquino, according to Chua, is good at flaunting his achievements but his ”sincerity” in easing the plight of the masses is doubtful.
He said despite Aquino’s mantra, corruption in the government continues.
The BAIC head noted that the President has not been listening to his “bosses”–supposedly the people–because he has not provided for their needs.
“[My feeling is that we are not the bosses, we are the slaves],” he said.
Chua lashed out at the Aquino Administration also for its failure to resolve port congestion in two major ports in Manila.
He said some of the group’s cars that are to be displayed at the 5th Philippine International Motor Show at the World Trade Center in Pasay City (Metro Manila) are still at the ports.
Chua noted that businessmen have incurred losses due to the port congestion.
“It has caused delays in the entry of vehicles and spare parts, delayed exports and imports, docking charges have doubled,” he complained.
Chua said the effects of the lifting of the truck ban will only be felt after a long “recovery period.”
He suggested that the government should boost the manufacturing industry so that it could attract more investors who would eventually generate jobs.
The businessman said instead of doling out money to the poor, the government should provide them jobs.
Chua pointed out that even if the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector is booming in the Philippines, it has had no multiplier effect in terms of employment.
Claiming that the country under Aquino is on a “downward spiral,” he said,
“Sana ay huwag nang magpatuloy si Pnoy sa kanyang pagnanais na magkaroon pa ng second term, maawa na siya sa mga bosses niya [I hope President Aquino would stop wishing for a second term, he should have pity on his bosses].”