In its press statement on Friday, the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) lambasted PNoy’s reply to a reporter’s question if he will ever visit the wake of murder victim Jennifer Laude.
The President flatly said, “I do not go to wakes of people whom I do not know.”
The VACC claims Laude was a victim of a heinous crime in her country perpetrated by a foreign soldier protected by an agreement between the Philippines and the US.
What the family of Laude and the rest of the people want to hear from the leader of this nation is the assurance that justice will be served to the victim.
He did not need to go to the wake of Jennifer, an emissary would have sufficed, to show moral support and give a message that the Filipinos, who are supposed to be “his bosses,” are far more important than some low ranking American soldier.
The President’s remarks may be deemed by some as his bias toward the American serviceman rather than his countryman.
PNoy might have forgotten that his position, being the President of this country, is like being the father of a family or the head of a household.
This is not the first time PNoy was criticized over his remarks which, it seems were not given careful thought, or where they?
Over in Brussels, Belgium, during his visit last month, the President was quoted as saying, “for instance, in the media killings, some who used to work in the media died. Did they die because they were investigative journalists? Where they exercising their profession in a responsible manner, living up to journalistic ethics? Or did they perish because of other reasons?”
Clearly the President did not know what he was talking about and sounded just like a parrot in front of his foreign audience.
Whether these journalist perished because of their work or of anything else, killing them is absolutely wrong, Mr. President!
These journalists are Filipinos too and deserve protection from the state just like any other citizen of this country.
The militants and peasants describe Aquino in their rallies as a blabbermouth and an inutile leader since day one.
In Tagalog, “taklesa na tamad pa”!!!