If President BS Aquino remains truly hugely popular despite his stand on the pork barrel, how come there’s no outrage when a Chinese government functionary called him a liar?
The President is also chief of state so any personal insult heaped on him by a foreign government official should also be an insult on the country. Yet, nobody seemed offended that BS Aquino was labeled a liar. Was it because majority of Filipinos believed the Chinese more than our president? Did they feel that he deserved such insult? Or have they gotten used to his double talk? But if he’s that popular in spite of these things, then most Filipinos would have sided with him, right or wrong.
This lack of outrage at the insulting of BS Aquino by a Chinese official rebuts the validity of that survey by Pulse Asia on his growing popularity. But more than negating the survey results, this absence accentuates his continuing alienation from his so-called boss. Nowhere is this isolation more evident than his pig-headed defense of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) that is being spat out by the people.
He listens to the people only when what he agrees with what they are saying. Otherwise, they can shout until hell freezes over and he still would not change his mind. Oh yes, another way of looking at this is that he was emboldened by the Pulse Asia survey purporting to show that 79 percent of respondents approve of his handling of the pork barrel issue.
The best legal minds in the country (except Senate President Franklin M. Drilon) have decried the unconstitutionality of the DAP. It was sourced from wrongly called savings and was used by Malacañang in any way it wanted without authorization from Congress. Details on how DAP was used contradict claims that it helped accelerate Philippine economic growth. Lies and more lies?
He clings to his pork like a barnacle because it’s his only source of political survival. Without it, he’s a lame duck. Of course, nobody expects him to admit this. However, he should stop citing laws in defending the DAP. He’s no lawyer. He tried to show off his limited grasp of the law at the Senate when he took on then-Sen. Joker Arroyo who was questioning the constitutionality of the bill he was sponsoring on the floor. To this day, he has never forgiven Joker, a family friend for four decades, for unmasking his ignorance of the law and making him look stupid in that debate. Joker could be forceful and very passionate in debates and he definitely proved B.S. Aquino was out of his depths on that legal matter. Now, the DAP which he refuses to part with. If anything, BS Aquino’s resolve was steeled not by his knowledge of the law but by his total belief in his own self.
He’s no thief, he swears. Many will grant that, the same that many are saying he has not been entirely honest in his utterances. He’s no thief but many will grant that he’s giving others the opportunity for thievery. And if a thief is a friend? I sure would want to see him prosecute a friend or a party-mate. Trouble is, justice under his dispensation has been selective.
The President can validate his claim that he’s no thief by revealing how he used his pork barrel in his years as legislator. To this day, the public is still at a loss on how he spent his pork as a congressman for nine years and senator for three years. If he has already forgotten the details, then he must order the Commission on Audit to perform a special audit on his pork and authorize Budget Secretary Butch Abad to release all pertinent papers. If he has nothing to hide, then he should give such order and authorization pronto. Any further delay might only fuel fears that some pertinent papers might get lost along the way.
BS Aquino may claim purity of intentions and of being incorruptible but he could only show embellished and superficial accomplishments in his more than three years as president. His stint in the Senate didn’t help him any. His performance shows the myth that the Senate is s a training ground for the presidency. One can be a mediocre senator and still become president. His credibility is now all shot and his popularity is dipping. Many are eagerly waiting for the time when he will leave Malacañang. That’s a long two years seven months and 28 days of waiting.