It is bad enough for President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd to continue blaming his predecessor even while overseas, but what is worse is making foolish statements at home. Last Wednesday, the pathetic president made another puerile statement during a forum of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP).
President B. S. Aquino 3rd said that he is willing to go to jail for the decisions that he made, such on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). However, he believes that it will only happen under an “unjust judicial system.” In short, he is always right in his decisions, notwithstanding the despicable DAP that the Supreme Court has unanimously declared unconstitutional last July 1, 2014.
PNoy must really be misguided and has a sick mind. He will justify his actions that they are for the good of the Filipino people and that he did not steal. In October last year, President Aquino went on national television and radio to defend his DAP that impounded some P145 billion of alleged savings in the government budgets from 2011 to 2013. Even after the Supreme Court ruled on DAP, he continued to defend it three times last July.
I agree with Vice-President Jejomar Binay when he attacked the Aquino administration last week of their way of doing things that “the end justifies the means.” If VP Binay were President, we can be sure that he would never do a DAP, being a lawyer – a graduate of UP Diliman, who has done litigation work for more than 15 years.
A former Cabinet member of then President Corazon C. Aquino, also a lawyer, told me exactly the same thing months ago before VP Binay said it. The problem with PNoy is that the “end justifies the means!” It is as simple as it is all right to do it because it will be good for the Filipino people and he is not stealing from public funds.
What is pathetic about the presidential statement before the FOCAP forum is his mental dishonesty when he said that “all the decisions are well-studied and arising from the best advice I could get from the various sectors.” This is simply not true because PNoy is known to be stubborn (“matigas ang ulo”) who does not follow the advice of his people.
With the issue on the legality of DAP, President B.S. Aquino 3rd could have easily heeded the advice of four top officials: the Secretary of Justice, the Chief Presidential Legal Counsel, the Executive Secretary and the Senior Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs. They would have all advised him that the DAP is against the Constitution.
President Aquino could have also asked the wise counsel of retired Supreme Court Justice Adolfo Azcuna, the former Presidential Legal Counsel of his late mother. The brilliant Justice Azcuna, who is now Chancellor of the Philippine Judicial Academy (PhilJa) under the Supreme Court, could have advised him not to proceed with his DAP.
Even the use of “I” and “we” in his statement shows a confused mind like “… I can defend all the decisions that we made.” It must not be “we”, but what “I” made because he made the decisions and must be held accountable for it.
Blaming GMA to eternity
When President B.S. Aquino 3rd went to Belgium last September and to Indonesia two weeks ago, he brazenly blamed former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) again and again for the problems of the Philippines. I never imagined that this would still happen in the 5th year of his presidency with him having less than two years to go.
In 2012, I was telling this joke that PNoy will continue to blame GMA up to the end of his lamentable term. Well, it is happening now in 2014 and most likely to go on in 2015 and perhaps even 2016 in time for the presidential elections.
The theme of President Aquino’s never-ending attack, which already sounds like a broken record, is the “Lost Decade under GMA.” It is a good thing former Finance Secretary Margarito “Gary” Teves, who was cited as “Asia’s Best Finance Minister” in 2008 by the London-based Banker magazine, has finally spoken to tell the truth on what really transpired from 2001 to 2010.
Contrary to the repeated criticisms against GMA, the Philippine Star reported that “the Arroyo administration laid the foundation which resulted in the Philippines’ credit rating upgrades which started in her term and shortly after she stepped down from office” based on the statement of Mr. Teves (October 19, 2014).
Mr. Teves pointed out that “contrary to Aquino’s reference to the ‘Lost Decade,’ the Arroyo administration and the Department of Finance initiated several positive reforms that are benefiting the Philippine economy until today.” Tax reforms like the reformed value added tax (VAT) led to increased tax revenue collection of the government.
Mr. Teves cited the “prudent management of the national government debt and the passing of legislations which resulted in the credit outlook upgrades from negative to positive.” He also pointed out that the Fitch’s upgrade in March 2013 noted Arroyo’s “improvement in fiscal management that made general government debt dynamics more resilient to shocks.” Let us see if Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima can debunk all these.
P-Noy Never Apologized for Mistakes
In the past four years and almost four months of his administration, President B. S. Aquino 3rd has never acknowledged and publicly
apologized for his shortcomings and mistakes to the Filipino people.
He is always right in what he does. The most he can say is that “not all the decisions were perfect.” Typical hubris of a spoiled brat.
What is really worst with Noynoy Aquino is the repeated blame on his predecessor for the so-called ‘Lost Decade,’ and yet he claims credit for her accomplishments. These were even mentioned in his State of the Nation Address (Sona), such as the success of the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry that now employs one million Filipinos and the 89km. Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX). Quintessentially pathetic!