Nobody said you were a thief, Mr. President

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s televised address last Wednesday night did not really clarify the most pressing matters besetting his administration. Nor was there a blockbuster announcement, as expected. While he was believed to be prepping the people for a dramatic announcement like promising to scrap all pork barrel—including that of the Office of the President—all he did was to claim that he was not a thief and that the Disbursement Acceleration Program was nothing like the Priority Development Assistance Fund.

Perhaps the Chief Executive should be reminded that no one has actually called him a thief to his face. He remains a popular, even well-liked, president because the majority of the people perceive him as possessing the same qualities as his late mother, who was a true paragon of virtue.

Like his mother, this President Aquino has his shortcomings. In fact, he has plenty. But generally speaking, he is a good person at heart who believes that the Filipino people are his collective boss.

It must, however, be noted that the president seems exceedingly loyal to some of his people, even when those officials have either under-performed or have been linked to questionable dealings.


Take the Bureau of Customs, for example.

Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon cannot be called an exceptional Customs chief, based on the bureau’s collection record alone. Beyond this, there remain all his actions that, for all intents, appear to be taken in defense of his turf.

There remain questions over why his well-respected deputy, former General Danilo Lim, really resigned. The good general never said it outright, but his post-resignation statements indicate that the highest officials at the BoC are all too willing to bend over backwards to grant favors to powerful officials.

We honestly do not care if the reassigned BoC officials question the motives of Biazon. Only after they have all passed lifestyle checks should they claim to be professional bureaucrats dedicated to maximizing collections, rather than padding their pockets. We would not mind if Biazon himself were to be subjected to a lifestyle check.

To be sure, there are other senior government officials who have been the object of rumors regarding their honestly, or lack thereof.

President Aquino may be trying his damndest to tread the straight and narrow path, but the same cannot be said of each and every member of his official family.

We reiterate our belief that Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino 3rd is not a thief.

Given this, we must question the wisdom of his televised address of Wednesday evening. It raises some questions, which can be disturbing.

Why the odd timing? Malacanang must know that a mid-evening presscon is not a good idea, especially when there is no major problem that the public needs to know about.

Is it possible that the announcement sent a hidden message to parties out to destabilize the Aquino administration that they should think before taking any kind of action?

This cannot be discounted. But no, we do not have any definitive proof that any political, civilian or military group is preparing a November surprise for Mr. Aquino. We are just wondering why Malacanang seems so perturbed these days.

There’s no big problem, is there? All is well. Because President Aquino is not a thief.

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12 Comments

  1. Not sure whether this article is editorial or commentary.

    The Manila Times didn’t bother to put the author’s name.

  2. Dapat huwag tigilan sa pag-usig ang mga kawatan…alam natin kung sino sino ang mga iyan.
    Ang mga umaatake ke Noynoy ay ang mga taong ayaw magbago ang kalakaran sa Pinas, para sige lang ang pangungurakot.

  3. I am sorry but I don’t see any sense of the commentaries even the title ” Nobody said you were a thief? The commentaries started with a kick (negative comment), then a kiss (a bit positive) and a kick (“blow smoke”- further confuse my simple mind)!

    1. President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s televised address last Wednesday night did not really clarify the most pressing matters besetting his administration. Is this Pinoy’s objective or your objective?
    2. Like his mother, this President Aquino has his shortcomings. In fact, he has plenty. But generally speaking, he is a good person at heart who believes that the Filipino people are his collective boss.
    3. There’s no big problem, is there? All is well. Because President Aquino is not a thief.

  4. There’s no big problem, is there? All is well. Because President Aquino is not a thief.

    Really ???

    A briber and thief are twins .

  5. Saturnino R. Mendinueto, Jr. on

    I am a Ninoy-Cory die hard supporter and I believe that Pnoy, like Ninoy and Cory, is a clean honest and competent president. Pnoy may not have the intellect of Marcos and GMA but I believed if only he follows what a US pastor said ” A LEADER, EVEN HOW COMPETENT AND HONEST, IF HE TOLERATES THE EVIL PRACTICES OF HIS OFFICAL FAMILY IS MORE GUILTY OF THE SAME EVIL PRACTICE “. PNOY has less than three years and if he follow what was said by this preacher by removing those who practice evil doing in his cabinet, some even a touch away and his KKK, do what he preach about bonuses, he could still be the best president we will have. As of the present, I am sorry to say that you cannot be compared to our HERO NINOY and CORY Unsolicited advise lang po,. Kuha Mo Sir???

    • hero and heroine ninoy and cory what a laugh. paano nagging hero ang supporter ni joma noon and collaborator ang tatay noong panahon ng hapon c cory nanam yong pamilya ayaw ibalik ung luisita na kung ttuusin d naman sa kanila dahil nangaling sa gobyerno ung pinambili ng lupa GSIS money po ung pinambili nyan kung d nu alam.

  6. Voice from the Wilderness on

    He is not a thief? Who knows? To borrow the printed reminder of jeepney drivers to their passengers hanged inside their jeeps with some modifications, “GOD Knows Those HUDAS Not Admit That They Are THIEVES”!

  7. You really believed that Cory Aquino is a “paragon of virtue”, that is why she put up the stock bond option at Hacienda Luisita. Shame on you! It is simply like. “Like father, like son”. They are in power just to protect their interest and not of the Pilipino people.

  8. I beg to disagree in this article. What shall we call a person who is authorized to use peoples money for the purpose of benefitting the public but chose to divert the money for his own personal gain. The most revealing is the scam and scandal now going on in government, where the President is diverting government funds to bribe and pay-off legislators and key government officials to impeach a sitting Chief Justice and assure passage of a very questionable RH Bill, etc. which exactly what B.S. Aquino is doing. Is this not technical stealing?

  9. Wala lang mukhang na praning lang yata si sir kaya nagpa presscon. If he truly believe that he is not a thief then he dont need to say it. Sa sinabi nya mukhang lalong nagduda ang taong bayan. Maaaring wala syang kinukuha sa kaban ng bayan pero nagagamit naman nya ito sa ibang paraan gaya ng panunuhol sa kongreso. Mas maganda kung pina audit muna nya lahat ng PDAF nya dati nung nsa Congress pa sya at yung presidential funds nya at pinabayaang ang COA ang nagsabing walang syang ninakaw sa kaban ng bayan.