President’s critics bound to fail – Palace

 Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz listens to National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera who joined multisectoral groups asking President Benigno Aquino 3rd to step down. PHOTO BY MIGUEL DE GUZMAN

Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz listens to National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera who joined multisectoral groups asking President Benigno Aquino 3rd to step down. PHOTO BY MIGUEL DE GUZMAN

Malacañang on Thursday said groups calling for the resignation of President Benigno Aquino 3rd are “opportunists” who have no clear solutions to the country’s ills and therefore are bound to fail.

According to Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., these personalities are actively sowing dissent in their bid to pursue their “selfish” agenda. But the official refused to say if he was referring to the National Transformation Council (NTC) and former congressman Jose “Peping” Cojuangco and his wife, Margarita, both of whom have joined calls for Aquino to step down.

“Maganda po sana kung bukod sa pambabatikos ay may nailalatag silang alternatibong solusyon. ‘Di tuloy natin maiwasang isipin: Ayaw nilang magkaroon ng kapayapaan dahil sila mismo ang nakikinabang sa gulo at karahasan. Ang gusto nila muling magkanya-kanya ang mga Pilipino at mawala ang tiwala natin sa isa’t isa upang isulong ang kanilang pansariling agenda [It would be nice if, apart from criticizing, they are also presenting alternative solutions. We can’t help but think: They don’t want peace because they themselves will gain from the trouble and the violence. They want Filipinos to go their separate ways so that they will lose trust in each other and push their own agenda],” Coloma said in a news briefing.

He called on the public to be vigilant against efforts to take advantage of the Mamasapano massacre, where 44 elite police commandos died.
The Philippine National Police Alumni Association (PNPAA) is set to launch a Walk for Justice for the SAF (Special Action Force) 44 on March 8.

But the event, according to Coloma, may be used by critics of the President to press their demands.

“Pansinin natin na noong mga nakaraang araw, umusbong ang mga panawagan para sa pagbibitiw ng Pangulo, kasabay ng mga umano’y bantang kudeta at iba pang destabilization efforts. Ginamit pa ng mga oportunistang grupo ang pagdiriwang ng ika-29 na anibersaryo ng EDSA People Power Revolution bilang okasyon upang himukin ang mga mamamayan na gamitin daw muli ang people power laban sa pamahalaan [Note that in the past few days, calls for the President to resign grew, simultaneously with a coup threat and other destabilization efforts. The opportunistic groups even used the 29the anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution as an occasion to convince the people to use people power against the government],” he said.

Coloma described the President’s critics as “desperate.” He echoed Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s statement that groups seeking the ouster of Aquino are committing illegal acts.

The PNPAA said a march scheduled for Sunday will not be political, an assurance that groups such as the NTC and its allied organizations are not welcome.

Coloma earlier warned NTC against stepping over the boundaries of legitimate dissent as the government stands ready to have them charged for violation of the Revised Penal Code.

Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles, a convenor of the NTC, last week taunted the government by saying he is not afraid to go to jail.

The NTC also called on the entire Cabinet and all members of Congress to resign for they, too, benefited from so-called pork barrel funds.

“It will be a great pleasure for me if I go to jail. Many of those in jail are innocent and still many of those guilty are there not because they are the only sinners but the greater sinners are free and are placed in government,” Arguelles, who led the latest gathering of the council in Lipa City, Batangas, said.

He insisted that their actions cannot be considered sedition or rebellion.


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  1. how much does anyone wants to bet? pnoy will fail without him critisizing himself. afterall, he is self destructive.

  2. Roldan Guerrero on

    The whole nation has turned into a critic to this government, incidentally there is no cure to remedy it since this administration continues to self- destruct. Coloma says it should be good if these critics could present a good solutions to each problem these administration has created. But how can this be done by a hard-headed president who does not listen to worthy and feasible advise? BSA continues to violate every essence of the law and remains dishonest to the Filipinos. So let us watch him to suffer the consequences of hi misdeeds.

  3. Ronaldo Valdes on

    If this group has a legimate reason to remove the president, How come they cannot get the consensus and approval of the majority of the people and the military. Unlike the revolution that topple Marcos and Estrada that was done with the blink of an eye. I think the majority of the pilipinos , Students , Labor sectors, Businessman and the military still believe President Aquino is far better than his predessesor thats why He is still in power and in control..He may not be the best and Intelligent president but he was able to send the longest, corrupt and balingbing politician we ever had since Marcos Regime (Ponce Enrile with the two good actor but bad and corrupt politician)likewise he also unseat the Supreme Court chief that was illegally put by his predessor and corrupt president GMA…My question is.. Did any past president ever accomplished to put high ranking powerful and corrupt politician to jail and remove a sitting corrupt supreme court chief justice… He may not be perfect but He still better than the other past leaders that we had.. thats why the majority is not buying what the NTC and the conjuanco’s( Another Corrupt politicians since Marcos Regime) to unseat him..

  4. Coloma is a mouthpiece of traitor P-NOY he is not talking from his mouth but from his ass kaya mabaho.

  5. P-NOY should not resign he should be arrested for treason and murder along with Deles and Ferrer.These people should pay on what happen to the fallen 44 along with the MILF and BIFF.

  6. The real “opportunists” are the people taking advantage of PNoy’s incompetence for their own interests. This student council president should have declared himself as incapacitated to lead the country right after the Luneta debacle. I’m starting to wonder if Philippines is cursed for electing two Aquino presidents…possibly the most incompetent presidents.

  7. Mr. Coloma, bumalik ka na lang sa Tineg, Abra. Do some soul-searching over there amid the pristine beauty of nature. And enjoy the bounty of “dalag, igat, bisukol, and other”.
    Ano ba ang ipinakain sa iyo ni abnoy? Kasla ka met nga alimatek a nakakapet kenkuana”. Nanghihinayang ka ba sa sweldo mo (anong salary grade ka ba!), sa representation expenses, miscellaneous expenses, communication expenses, personnel economc relief allowance, clothing allowance, cash gift and bonus?

    Sus, agikkat ka ditan. Kababain.