Netizens blast Aquino for ‘shameful’ speech

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NETIZENS again took to Facebook and Twitter to slam President Benigno Aquino 3rd for delivering a “hatred and vengeance” speech in the presence of Pope Francis.

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Former Zambales representative Milagros Magsaysay said she was saddened because the Pope had to see for himself “how vengeance and hatred rules.”

Aquino’s “speech was not about mercy and compassion. So sad Pope Francis had to hear it for himself how vengeance and hatred rules,” Magsaysay posted on her Facebook and Twitter accounts.

“I was expecting a more conciliatory and unifying speech that will bring hope, peace and unity among us Filipinos especially now that Pope Francis is here,” she said.

A lawyer also criticized Aquino.

“Is it just me [or is there a]total disconnect [in]the speech [of Aquino]in his message [to the]Pope? [Too] politicized! [And is it right to badmouth] bishops [in front of the Pope whose]message [is]solidarity? Totally uncalled for! Naman [Unbelievable]!” she fumed.

Another netizen assailed Aquino for again blaming the Arroyo administration.

But what got the goat of netizens was Aquino blaming the Church’s silence “on the previous administration’s abuses.”

“Hence, there was a true test of faith when many members of the Church, once advocates for the poor, the marginalized and the helpless, suddenly became silent in the face of the previous administration’s abuses, which we are still trying to rectify to this very day,” said Aquino, who was obviously referring to his predecessor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

The former leader is facing plunder and corruption charges.

“In contrast to their previous silence, some members of the clergy now seem to think that the way to be true to the faith means finding something to criticize, even to the extent that one prelate admonished me to do something about my hair, as if it were a mortal sin. Is it any wonder then, that they see the glass not as half-full, or half-empty, but almost totally empty? Judgment is rendered without an appreciation of the facts,” the President said in his speech.

“Naks, ‘Boy Sisi’ [My oh my, the Boy Blamer] strikes again. Pinuri na naman [He praises his] family again [and blames again the past administration]. Let us pray that the humility, wisdom and compassion of Pope Francis rub off on some of our officials,” remarked Rodel Banares.

Netizens coined the moniker “Boy Sisi” for Aquino because he was wont to blame Mrs. Arroyo in his speeches here and abroad.

Vencer Crisostomo, national chairman of the militant youth group Anakbayan, said he felt insulted for Pope Francis because the President “could have spoken about the various ills of the Philippine society, yet he chose to be self-patronizing at a time when the Philippines is at the global spotlight. It brings not only shame but utter disgust, and leaves all Filipinos, Catholic or not, with a bitter taste in the mouth.”

“Aquino cannot contain himself, even in the presence of a great man, the Holy Father. No words can fully describe the stark contrast between the Pope and our President, the former, evidently pro-poor, the latter evidently pro-pork,” Crisostomo added, referring to Aquino supposedly defending millions in pork-barrel allocations for lawmakers.

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18 Comments

  1. Excellent news story from an armchair reporter of my favorite newspaper, The Manila Times.

  2. Dionisio R. Luna on

    It is unbecoming of a President to deliver that shameful speech in front of Pope Francis. He lacks the virtue of humility and probably he does not care about love, mercy and compassion to those people who committed mistakes in the past.
    He should have delivered a speech about reconciliation, forgiveness, mercy and compassion which is the main objective of the Holy Pope in coming to our country.

  3. I agree with Pnoy this time coz the Damasos and Salvis of the CBCP has been part of the Corruption prevailing since 1972 pa. The Clergy has been dining and partying with whoever is sitting in Malacanang especially Marcos and Gloria. Cardinal Sin change his tone only after Ninoy Aquino was murdered at the Tarmac.

  4. The shameful speech of your current president of the Philippines is not fitting for a national leader. The speech is all about himself, his growing up from a 10 year old. It’s about his family, no more. It is not even a welcoming speech!

    It is not a speech typically made by a Filipino.

    It is a speech of that of a narcissist.

    In short, it is shameful shit.

  5. Rizalino Reyes on

    Si Pnoy ba ang dapat sisihin ? Ako hindi ko siya binoto . What a shame , the whole world was watching .

    • apolonio reyes on

      Tama ka Rizalino. the whole world was watching and here comes again Commander CC, Sisi dito, Sisi Duon, pero hindi nya nakikita yuon mga bisita nya sa Malacanang na mga Corrupt Government Officials na di mabilang sa mga daliri, kahit isama pa ang daliri sa paa, na nasa ilong lang nya sa Malacanang kahapon, Buti na lang meron delikadeza, may pinag-aralan at mahinahon si Pope Francis, Di Ba Bayan?

  6. Kayo naman! Nagsumbong lang sa Papa ang “batang isip” na pangulo na pinasa-uli ni Gloria sa mga tao ang hacienda luisita at di dumepensa sa pamilya niya ang Simbahang Katolika. Baya-an na lang ang “bata” who has become now irrelevant and of no consequence to our country.

  7. rosendo bagtas on

    nakakahiya! is this the kind of president that we have? he who cannot see the light between reconciliation and hate! truly, while pope francis is pro-poor, the abnoy is pro-pork! what word best describe him but ABNOY! (all caps).

  8. jose b. taganahan on

    What can you expect from an incompetent President? BS (boy sisi) Aquino lll is only being true to himself! He thinks he is more popish than the Pope.

  9. It is really very ugly to hear him verbalize his sentiments. He thought the Pope would respond to his discourse of blaming his predecessors. Just imagine, without any hesitation, he talked about the honest description of his balding head by one prelate. It was is a very clear vengeance for the truth to the words of fact. Oh my dear Lord. Is that a good and deserving behavior of a leader to bring out such personal matter, irrelevant to the occasion? Very disgusting. Where are his brilliant advisers and/or competent speech writers on the subject for the once in a life time particular occasion? Now, how can reconciliation and cooperation be achieve when there is a perpetual blame laid for the unintentional blunders of previous leaders? They were all human beings…What is he? Finally, what a shame to the intellectual world!

  10. Landrito, Tess on

    Gusto kong ipagtanggol ang Pangulo ng Pilipinas laban sa mga “matatalinong Bashers”. Wala akong natapos na napakataas na edukasyon maliban sa Bachelor of Arts degree. Kaya wala akong maipantatapat sa mga matataas na lengwahe na ginagamit nila para ilampaso ang Republika ng Pilipinas.

    Tama lamang na sabihin Pangulo kung saan nag ugat ang korupsyon sa Pilipinas. Wala syang sinabi na hindi totoo. Ang mga maling impormasyon na nakakarating sa Santo Papa at dapat ipaliwanag ng Pangulo. Kailan pa sya magsasalita pag nayurukan na ang kanyang pagkatao at pamamalakad. Walang perpektong tao at walang perpektong administrasyon dahil ang tao mismo ang gumagawa ng mga kaguluhan. Ang suerte ng ibang naging Pangulo ng Pilipinas dahil sa panaon ni PNoy dumalaw si Pope Francis at sya lahat ang sinisisi sa estado ng gobyerno sa ngaun. Nakakalungkot na isipin na sya lahat ang sinisisi samantalng ung mga nagdaang lider ay abot tenga ang mga ngiti. Sabagay kahit na nuong panahon ni Hesuskristo pinagkanulo sya ng kanyang disipulo, tinatwa, at niyurukan ang pagkatao. Hindi Diyos ang Pangulo, isang tao na marunong masaktan at ipagtanggol ang sarili.

    Tinatawag sya sa mga pangalang may kabastusan pero hindi natitinag ang kanyang paninindigan. Ang mga pari, obispo at cardinal ay may mga kamalian din, aminin man nila o hindi. at tamang malaman ng Santo Papa kung anong uri ng lider ng simabahan and mga alagad ng simbahan. Truth hurts but it will set us all free.

    I stand with the President with utmost respect and understanding.

    • Marami akong kilala na kahit di nakatuntong ng kolehiyo at wala ni AB degree na hindi ganyan kababaw ang pang-unawa sa mga isyu ng lipunan, bagkus ay mulat na mulat sa reyalidad ng kapalpakan, pagkukulang at pagmamalabis ng ating mga pinuno. Sigurado ka bang narinig, napanood, o nabasa ang speech na pinag-,uusapan dito?

  11. how stupid are these speechwriters ( or is the speechwriter) of Pres. Aquino, writing an issue which is irrelevant of the occasion? The president is just as stupid to be delivering such in front of His Holiness.

    OMG, what kind of a president is AQUINO ? SHAME ON YOU Go back to your Playstation

  12. Roldan Guerrero on

    Pope Francis is an example of a dignified leader not only to Catholics but as a leader of a nation, the Vatican State. Aquino, the President of the Philippines, interim or de facto as majority Filipinos now accept because of election riggings. He is the best example of an arrogant individual, who defies everything against his will. He is a hardcore liar and blames his predecessors on his failures He symbolyses the nature of a failed national leader. What a shame of having a president like him.