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.
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.