Reply to Aquino’s ‘We will crush you’ speech

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In reply to President BS Aquino, and as one of the critics whom he threatened to crush in his commencement address at the Philippine Military Academy last Sunday, I will nominate His Excellency and five of his lousy speeches for induction into Failure Magazine.

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Believe it or not, there is such a magazine on the planet. Failure is authentic and not a joke; it’s so interesting and original, the Washington Post published a feature on the magazine and its editor, Jason Zasky (“When all else fails, he writes about it.” Washington Post, 2 November 2008). You can read more about the magazine at its website: www.failuremag.com.

I figured that the magazine will be interested in the spectacular failures of President Aquino, particularly his speechmaking. Failure has published a five-part series by Zasky on the famous “Malaise” speech of President Jimmy Carter in 1979. He traced its history, and clarified why a speech entitled “A crisis of confidence” became known instead as the “Malaise” speech.

Besides Aquino’s PMA speech, which is destined to fail (How can he shut down free speech and press freedom in media in the Age of the Internet, when critics have more readers online than on the printed page?), I intend to submit and document four other Aquino speeches that are worthy to be documented, namely:

1.Aquino’s speech of welcome to Pope Francis in Malacañang on January 19, 2015, which gained both nationwide and global criticism, and roused an unprecedented outpouring of love and adulation for the Pope and set crowd records in the history of papal rallies.

2. Aquino’s speeches on the Mamasapano tragedy (three so far, delivered February-March 2015), arranged chronologically, each one becoming more heartless and hollow than the one preceding it.

3. Aquino’s speech attacking and threatening the Supreme Court of the Land in July 2014, which he delivered in bitterness after the High Court ruled 13-0 that his signature Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) is unconstitutional and illegal.

Consoling words on failure
The Failure website provides some consoling features for readers who are failures, just in case they are very depressed.

One such feature is “Winning Words From Those Who’ve Known Defeat,” which is veritably a compendium of wisdom. Among the choice quotes are:

1.“A man may fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.” A gem from oil tycoon and industrialist Jean Paul Getty.

This should be revelatory for PNoy, who has spent most of his time in the presidency blaming his failures on his predecessor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and other former presidents.

2. “In God’s economy, nothing is wasted. Through failure, we learn a lesson in humility which is probably needed, painful though it is.”

This was spoken from the heart by Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. He knows.

3. A third quote is stunning, because it comes from a spectacular success, the novelist J. K. Rowling.

In June 2008, she delivered the Harvard Commencement Address. She said in part:

“Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. . . . Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had already been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”

The author of the Harry Potter novels spent her early writing life broke and jobless.

4. “Life is to be lived, not controlled, and humanity is won by continuing to play in the face of certain defeat.” From Writer Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man.

Egotism and failure
To understand how President Aquino handles failure it is useful to note the connection between egotism and failure.

Psychologists say that Egotists are often the least able to handle failure. Egotists who encounter failure are often prone to paranoia.

When the Russian rouble suffered its biggest one-day decline since 1998 and capital flight exceeded an estimated $64 billion, President Vladimir Putin chose to blame foreign governments instead of his government. He railed against a conspiracy to weaken Russia through sanctions and unpatriotic speculation.

It is understandable why a former KGB agent should be inclined to see conspiracy everywhere as Russia founders. But in this instance, Russia’s problems begin and end with him.

Similarly, as his PMA speech shows, Aquino thinks that his critics are part of an elaborate conspiracy to set back and reverse his reforms.

But he is dumbfounded when critics shoot back at him, asking, “What reforms? Please enumerate, so we can examine them.”

Yet President Aquino and his numerous spokesmen and propagandists have never listed the reforms he claims that are supposed to have transformed our nation and our lives.

Now Aquino is cranking up his bravado to overdrive as the country prepares to host the 2015 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit this year.

When failure masquerades as success
Former budget secretary Benjamin Diokno had a fine column yesterday in the Tribune, which explains why the Aquino government is full of bombast heading to the APEC meetings. They, Aquino and his officials, think the failures and setbacks of the Philippines, like Mamasapano accountability, are safely hidden.

Diokno contends that what Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima and other goverment managers are manipulating things in such a manner that “failure masquerades as success” in this country.

Diokno wrote:
“Except for Finance Secretary Purisima, every one should be unhappy with the government’s fiscal performance. The government has been underspending for the last five years, yet Mr. Purisima appears elated that the actual budget deficit is much smaller than the planned deficit.

“In 2014, the planned deficit, the difference between expenditures and revenues, was P266.3 billion or 2 percent of gross domestic product; actual deficit was P73.1 billion or 0.6 percent of GDP. This is a disaster for a country that is trying to reduce joblessness, poverty, and hunger.

“Instead of admitting the administration’s failure to meet its own fiscal goals, Mr. Purisima proudly announces that government actual spending has been below planned spending — as if it was its ultimate goal. Planned spending is the product of careful planning and coordination of the economic managers. The planned spending of P2.284 trillion and deficit of P266.2 trillion (or 2 percent of gross domestic product) is supposed to be consistent with GDP growth rate of between 6.5 to 7.5 percent.

“Institutionalizing reforms across all agencies translate into favorable numbers that bode well for the Filipino people. Time and again, we have proven how this government is forward-facing and actively engaged in building our prosperous future,” Purisima said.

“The Philippines continues to stand on firm fiscal footing as we grow at a sustainable pace, owing to the reforms that we have put in place,” Purisima added.

Alas, Purisima’s words cannot hide the brutal fact that revenue targets are not being met and public underspending continues to deny society “better infrastructure for the future, and more jobs, better income, and less hunger in the near term.”

I can already see the editors of Failure awarding recognition to President Aquino and his government.

yenmakabenta@yahoo.com

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  1. The Filipinos are smart people, the only kind where you can see and meet in all countries in the world. You name any country there’s a pilipino. Pilipinos covers the world expert in every thing. In the Philippines almost all are politicians the reason politics becomes a business that it becomes a dream of some young people now to enter politics in order to acquire some power and wealth. It is true that everything is temporary, we should pray that we could have a real statemen concern of the welfare of the country and the population. The solution of the countrys problem is the comfortable living of the people so public servants should work for the betterment of the community. The present situation makes the majority of the people dishonest. Criminality of all kinds is rampant due to scarcity that even the administrations people in some departments are in moneymaking as they said the end is near and so the final curtain of Noynoys leadership. While we breath we hope.

  2. Indeed, simyon does not know that he does not know. By the way, Yen, can you please stop referring to simyon as “president”? Everybody should stop prefixing the word “president” before his name simyon. He is never a president but a usurper of a public office.

  3. Well said Mr. Thadeo on your comments about Mr. Makabenta’s columns which I always look forward with pleasure to read.

    Bravo Mr. Makabenta and more power!

  4. Let us not forget Purisima was able to get investment grade credit rating by improving liquidity and withholding spending for infrastructures that will generate employment. Investment grade rating is good for big business borrowing from abroad but useless for unemployed and poor Filipinos.

  5. Commander James on

    Aquino is a narcissist. Once you have realized and accepted that he is indeed, you will know why he did and said what he did and said. And, you can predict his future actions ans statements based on the fact that he is a narcissist.

    18 signs you’re dealing with a narcissist

    1. They’re likable at least, at first glance.
    2. Not all narcissists are loud and proud. In fact, some are quiet and shy.
    3. They can often be found in leadership roles.
    4. They always manage to make the conversation about themselves
    5. They’re also guilty of namedropping.
    6. Not every story a narcissist tells is one of victory. But even in the stories of tragedy or failure,
    there’s an air of entitlement and victimisation.
    7. They like nice things.
    8. Appearance is everything to them.
    9. They are strongly averse to criticism.
    10. Excuses are a narcissist’s best friend.
    11. They leave a trail of wreckage behind them.
    12. And in that vein, they may be more likely to cheat.
    13. A narcissistic person probably has no idea he or she is a narcissist
    14. Everything is personal.
    15. You find yourself resorting to flattery just to maintain the peace with a narcissist.
    16. Narcissists are not low in selfesteem.
    17. Men are more likely to be narcissists than women
    18. On Facebook, they have lots of friends and
    not a single bad picture.
    (Originally appeared on the Huffington Post)

  6. Talking about speeches, i hope our pinoy speech writers can come up with something like this:

    Duty, Honor, Country

    Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s speech to the Corps of Cadets
    at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., May 12, 1962,
    in accepting the Thayer Award.

    General Westmoreland, General Groves, distinguished guests, and gentlemen of the Corps,

    As I was leaving the hotel this morning, a doorman asked me, “Where are you bound for, General?” and when I replied, “West Point,” he remarked, “Beautiful place: have you ever been there before?” [Laughter]c

    [decorative delimiter]
    No human being could fail to be deeply moved by such a tribute as this, coming from a profession I have served so long and a people I have loved so well. It fills me with an emotion I cannot express. But this award is not intended primarily to honorº a personality, but to symbolize a great moral code — the code of conduct and chivalry of those who guard this beloved land of culture and ancient descent. That is the animation of this medallion. For all eyes and for all time, it is an expression of the ethics of the American soldier. That I should be integrated in this way with so noble an ideal, arouses a sense of pride and yet of humility which will be with me always.

    “Duty, Honor, Country” — those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn.

    Unhappily, I possess neither that eloquence of diction, that poetry of imagination, nor that brilliance of metaphor to tell you all that they mean.

    The unbelievers will say they are but words, but a slogan, but a flamboyant phrase. Every pedant, every demagogue, every cynic, every hypocrite, every troublemaker, and, I am sorry to say, some others of an entirely different character, will try to downgrade them even to the extent of mockery and ridicule.

    But these are some of the things they do.º They build your basic character. They mold you for your future roles as the custodians of the nation’s defense. They make you strong enough to know when you are weak, and brave enough to face yourself when you are afraid.

    They teach you to be proud and unbending in honest failure, but humble and gentle in success; not to substitute words for action; not to seek the path of comfort, but to face the stress and spur of difficulty and challenge; to learn to stand up in the storm, but to have compassion on those who fall; to master yourself before you seek to master others; to have a heart that is clean, a goal that is high; to learn to laugh, yet never forget how to weep; to reach into the future, yet never neglect the past; to be serious, yet never take yourself too seriously; to be modest so that you will remember the simplicity of true greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, the meekness of true strength.

    They give you a temper of the will,º a quality of theº imagination, a vigor of the emotions, a freshness of the deep springs of life, a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity, an appetite for adventure over love of ease.

    They create in your heart the sense of wonder, the unfailing hope of what next, and the joy and inspiration of life. They teach you in this way to be an officer and a gentleman.

    And what sort of soldiers are those you are to lead? Are they reliable? Are they brave? Are they capable of victory?

    Their story is known to all of you. It is the story of the American man at arms. My estimate of him was formed on the battlefieldº many, many years ago, and has never changed. I regarded him then, as I regard him now, as one of the world’s noblest figures; not only as one of the finest military characters, but also as one of the most stainless.

    His name and fame are the birthright of every American citizen. In his youth and strength, his love and loyalty, he gave all that mortality can give. He needs no eulogy from me, or from any other man. He has written his own history and written it in red on his enemy’s breast.

    But when I think of his patience under adversity, of his courage under fire, and of his modesty in victory, I am filled with an emotion of admiration I cannot put into words. He belongs to history as furnishing one of the greatest examples of successful patriotism. He belongs to posterity as the instructor of future generations in the principles of liberty and freedom. He belongs to the present, to us, by his virtues and by his achievements. º

    In twenty campaigns, on a hundred battlefields, around a thousand campfires, I have witnessed that enduring fortitude, that patriotic self-abnegation, and that invincible determination which have carved his statue in the hearts of his people. From one end of the world to the other, he has drained deep the chalice of courage.

    As I listened to those songs, in memory’s eye I could see those staggering columns of the First World War, bending under soggy packs on many a weary march, from dripping dusk to drizzling dawn, slogging ankle-deep through theº mire of shell-pocked roads, to form grimly for the attack, blue-lipped, covered with sludge and mud, chilled by the wind and rain, driving home to their objective, and for many, to the judgment seat of God.

    I do not know the dignity of their birth, but I do know the glory of their death. They died unquestioning, uncomplaining, with faith in their hearts, and on their lips the hope that we would go on to victory.

    Always for them: Duty, Honor, Country. Always their blood, and sweat, and tears, as we soughtº the way and the light and the truth.º And twenty years after, on the other side of the globe, againº the filth of dirty foxholes, the stench of ghostly trenches, the slime of dripping dugouts, those broilingº suns ofº relentless heat, those torrential rains of devastating storms, the loneliness and utter desolation of jungle trails, the bitterness of long separation of those they loved and cherished, the deadly pestilence of tropicalº disease, the horror of stricken areas of war.

    Their resolute and determined defense, their swift and sure attack, their indomitable purpose, their complete and decisive victory — always victory, always through the bloody haze of their last reverberating shot, the vision of gaunt, ghastly men, reverently following your password of Duty, Honor, Country.

    The code which those words perpetuate embraces the highest moral law and will stand the test of any ethics or philosophies ever promoted for the uplift of mankind. Its requirements are for the things that are right, and its restraints are from the things that are wrong. The soldier, above all other men, is required to practice the greatest act of religious training: sacrifice. In battle and in the face of danger and death, he disposes those divine attributes which his Maker gave when he created man in His own image. No physical courage and no brute instinct can take the place of the divine help which alone can sustain him. However hard the incidents of war may be, the soldier who is called upon to offer and to give his life for his country is the noblest development of mankind. º

    You now face a new world, a world of change. The thrust into outer space of the satellite spheres and missiles markº a beginning of another epoch in the long story of mankind.º In the five or more billions of years the scientists tell us it has taken to form the earth, in the three or more billion years of development of the human race, there has never been a more abrupt or staggering evolution. We deal now, not with things of this world alone, but with the illimitable distances and asº yet unfathomed mysteries of the universe. We are reaching out for a new and boundless frontier. We speak in strange terms: of harnessing the cosmic energy; of making winds and tides work for us; of creating unheardº synthetic materials to supplement or even replace our old standard basics; to purifyº sea water for our drink; of mining the ocean floors for new fields of wealth and food; of disease preventatives to expand life into the hundreds of years; of controlling the weather for a more equitable distribution of heat and cold, of rain and shine; of spaceships to the Moon;º of the primary target in war, no longer limited to the armed forces of an enemy, but instead to include his civil populations;ºd of ultimate conflict between a united human race and the sinister forces of some other planetary galaxy; ofº such dreams and fantasies as to make life the most exciting of all time.º

    And through all this welter of change and development your mission remains fixed, determined, inviolable. It is to win our wars. Everything else in your professional career is but corollary to this vital dedication. All other public purposes,º all other public projects, all other public needs, great or small, will find others for their accomplishment;º but you are the ones who are trained to fight. Yours is the profession of arms, the will to win, the sure knowledge that in war there is no substitute for victory, that if you lose, the Nation will be destroyed, that the very obsession of your public service must be Duty, Honor, Country.

    Others will debate the controversial issues, national and international, which divide men’s minds. But serene, calm, aloof, you stand as the Nation’s war guardians, as its lifeguards from the raging tides of international conflict, as its gladiators in the arena of battle. For a century and a half you have defended, guarded and protected its hallowed traditions of liberty and freedom, of right and justice. Let civilian voices argue the merits or demerits of our processes of government: whether our strength is being sapped by deficit financing indulged in too long, by federal paternalism grown too mighty, by power groups grown too arrogant, by politics grown too corrupt, by crime grown too rampant, by morals grown too low, by taxes grown too high, by extremists grown too violent; whether our personal liberties are as firm and complete as they should be; these great national problems are not for your professional participation or military solution. Your guidepost stands out like a tenfold beacon in the night: Duty, Honor, Country.

    You are the leaven which binds together the entire fabric of our national system of defense. From your ranks come the great captains who hold the Nation’s destiny in their hands the moment the war tocsin sounds.

    The Long Gray Line has never failed us. Were you to do so, a million ghosts in olive drab, in brown khaki, in blue and gray,º would rise from their white crosses, thundering those magic words: Duty, Honor, Country.

    This does not mean that you are warmongers. On the contrary, the soldier above all other people prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war. But always in our ears ring the ominous words of Plato, that wisest of all philosophers: “Only the dead have seen the end of war.”e

    The shadows are lengthening for me. The twilight is here. My days of old have vanished — tone and tint. They have gone glimmering through the dreams of things that were. Their memory is one of wondrous beauty, watered by tears and coaxed and caressed by the smiles of yesterday. I listen then, but with thirsty ear, for the witching melody of faint bugles blowing reveille, of far drums beating the long roll. In my dreams I hear again the crash of guns, the rattle of musketry, the strange, mournful mutter of the battlefield. But in the evening of my memory alwaysº I come back to West Point. Always there echoes and re-echoes: Duty, Honor, Country.

    Today marks my final roll call with you. But I want you to know that when I cross the river, my last conscious thoughts will be of the Corps, and the Corps, and the Corps.

    I bid you farewell.

  7. Vicente Penetrante on

    The best of Aquino’s speeches is yet to come: the 2015 State of the Nation Address.
    ‘Who will be blamed next for his failure’ is a good guessing game.

  8. Leodegardo Pruna on

    A roller coaster of failures is the ride taken by BSA and his cohorts in government. Blame game is the rule of P-Noy’s governance. God bless the Philippines.

  9. Since time immemorial, Pres. B.S. Aquino has always been ‘divisive’ in his words and actions. Yet, he wants to assume that he he is the head of the country; he has never been concliatory at all. Typical oligarch…not fit to be a leader.

  10. Please note that the “We will crush you” speech was given by the following :

    A “wannabe” President, the great pretender, a photo opportunist, an idle thinker, a man who is often obtuse and addle-minded, a hollow man, a diplomat with fake credentials, a man born with a silver spoon in his mouth and hence cannot relate to the poor, the king of broken promises, the emperor of arrogance, the ultimate “bull” tosser, a leader who appears to be the “alpha” of the pack but really is a total retard, an alliterate ignoramus, a blatant liar, the true enemy of progress, a man who knows nothing about self-deprecation. I have more but what’s the use? Throwing these at him will not bring back 44 people.

  11. chthonic monster on

    “Destiny: A tyrant’s authority for crime and a fool’s excuse for failure.”

  12. This is not just a reply to BS Aquino’s threats against his critics but a gem of quotes that’s inspiring and encouraging to many of us who grapple with failures day in and day out. Yen never ceases to provide a cache of treasures for his readers, and that is because he is an exceptional columnist.

  13. jesus nazario on

    What can we expect ? He is another PURISIMA !
    O MY GOD ! SANTISSIMA ! SUSMARYOSEP ! MAHABAGING DIYOS …!!! DALAWANG DAGDAG NA SUMPA SA BAYAN COMPLETING A TRINITY !

    On failure, what is sadly unfortunate is he does not learn from failures. Rather he shields them then commit another kind of failure…ad infinitum.

  14. To the Editor,
    Read your column with interest this morning, the malady that effects The Philippines, is the same everywhere. Indeed the greedy leaders of all countries, filling their own pockets with the same obvious clandestine schemes, are so devoid of new ideas they have to repeat the same processes of excess, over and over. The corrupt politicians are so entrenched in the ruling system, honest people everywhere are held to ransom by their greed. All governments, socialist or capitalist are permeated with these dullards masquerading as intelligent protectors of the citizens. bankrupt of any honourable idea that will benefit any of us. Even the super rich have nowhere to invest their fortunes with integrity and resort to backroom shady deals with their brainless cohorts and when found out, protest their innocence to the end of the earth. No wonder I quote the old adage ” The louder they speak about honour, the faster we counted our spoons”

  15. Ped Salvador on

    P266.2 trillion should be P266.3 billion. (“Instead of admitting the administration’s failure to meet its own fiscal goals, Mr. Purisima proudly announces that government actual spending has been below planned spending — as if it was its ultimate goal. Planned spending is the product of careful planning and coordination of the economic managers. The planned spending of P2.284 trillion and deficit of P266.2 trillion (or 2 percent of gross domestic product) is supposed to be consistent with GDP growth rate of between 6.5 to 7.5 percent.)

  16. 1. Resides in America, not aware or read any criticism when the Pope visited the Philippines. Filipinos in the USA are very happy when the president mentioned about some bishops and priest the selective and personal criticism of his presidency and how they interfered the government.
    2. Economic failure? That is not what we know and read the economy situation in the Philippines. In fact. all business, bank news releases, financial institution and business magazine for the past 4 years are all positive. All of them consider Philippines a sleeping giant economi of Asia, the best country to invest and visit to and the highest economic rating increases of the world. Who is lying among you, should not be wall street.
    3 Washington Post is on the decline and eventually will close down because of their unverified reporting to the truth. Jason Zasky-not popular and nobody read his column.
    4. If you are really concern about our military and police, why just now and why not mentioned the members of our men and women in the Army who just the same got casualty in Mindanao. You know because of politics maybe? The SAF44 is a tragedy and being used by politician and mean stream media, the widow are overreacting due to the opposition misinformation given to them and being used for political reason. Its getting boring now, Let Their Souls Rest in Peace.
    5. Start writing the most important problem of our country. The graft and corruption for example. What about the Binay family with their graft and corruption charges. That should be a good topic to discuss.

    • concerned citizen on

      Sad to say, you’ve been taken for a ride. Hard to know the truth when you’re so far away. Even here, the pro-Aquino conscript media is covering up for Aquino big time, but as we all know, the truth always eventually comes out. Manila Times is a big help in keeping us in touch with the truth. Everything that I read here is eventually confirmed to be true, but a long time later. If I know what’s really happening in my country, it could only be because of Manila Times and its excellent reporting and columnists (Yen Makabenta, Rigoberto Tiglao, Ricardo Saludo, Francisco Tatad, etc.), who provide their readers with in-depth and wise insights about matters of consequence in our country. It would thus do you well to read Manila Times every day and to open your mind to the possibility that your president is far from being a saint.

    • Hector David on

      The DAP and the non prosecution of LP members in the Napoles scam are the largest corrupt practices in the public sector .. Government agencies headed by our duly elected president….. The gross abuse in prices of oil water electricity are abuses of the rich … For whom nothing is enough

    • granny goose on

      You sound like my classmate who’s been living overseas. Fighting graft and corruption at the expense of all other problems. Wanting us here in the country to wait for graft and corruption to be rid from the system of Philippine gov’t. before reacting to any other issue.Talk about Binay first, show to the world PGMA. Meanwhile, you leave this administration scot free from plunder through the different packages of PDAF and DAP? Unfortunately, the propaganda machine of this administration has been very successful in pulling the wool over your eyes. Many here were spellbound for some time until January 25. Since then it becomes clearer everyday that this administration is just hot air. And calling us citizens as The Boss was but to humor us… an insult to the intelligence of us Filipinos who have decided or had no option but to stick it out here in our only piece of land… hence, have faith in us… if you from afar wouldn’t want to ruin the country how much more for us whose interests are here lock, stock and barrel… who do you think stand a better chance to escape a havoc in the country? Those in the government who brought upon us the havoc, or we who don’t or can’t even have a visa to other countries… Kababayan, think again…

    • eloy, before you lecture us on what is relevant and irrelevant, why don’t you come back to this country and experience living in it. You yourself are being fed garbage by media reports by the media.

      “2. Economic failure? That is not what we know and read the economy situation in the Philippines. In fact. all business, bank news releases, financial institution and business magazine for the past 4 years are all positive. All of them consider Philippines a sleeping giant economi of Asia, the best country to invest and visit to and the highest economic rating increases of the world. Who is lying among you, should not be wall street.”

      – have you heard of inclusive growth? A country can have a very high GDP but can have a population where the majority lives below the poverty line. Try to do some research first. Stop sounding like you know firsthand what’s happening here in the country you chose to leave.

    • good economy? tell that to to the 30 million plus Filipinos living below the poverty line. Yes a sleeping Giant that has overdosed on Ambien.

    • Eloy, you are better off living in America. We don’t need any more Filipinos with your kind of analysis of the real situation here in the Philippines (by the way, why are you in America and not in the Philippines?) Talking of graft and corruption, why look elsewhere when we can see in plain view how PNoy corrupts the senatongs and tongressmen so they will follow his bidding?

    • lleuxquiocho on

      not all expats would agree with you… they break bones and skip meals just to earn money to send home… and they do pray against prayer and hope against hope that the Filipino way of living be improved so that they can avail of their much-needed rest/retirement here with their families… surely, you’re not one of those who are high-stung ‘coz you can’t even compose a proper prose!

  17. Read ex Sec. Ben Diokno’s excellent article in the Tribune yesterday. Indeed controlled spending is the biggest problem in the PNoy administration. Buyt why control spending when the country needs infrastructure which was stopped when PNoy took over. The country have the money, why not spend them for good use. Is PNoy saving public funds for future bribery use? PNoy simply does not know what is going on in our economy. He just listens to Sec. Purisima and believes what this equally incompetent Finance secretary.

    • Hector David on

      They cannot send money wisely ….. Show as savings then transfer to the president’s purse so he can disburse as he pleases

    • He has other priorities where to use those funds. The MILF, NPA, going after his enemies, pleasing his allies and buying the loyalty of lawmakers…

  18. I never failed to read your column Sir. Infact I must admit that a morning coffee would never taste so good if my pc is not focus on your OBSERVER. Im just wondering if this animal in malacanang can still think properly without the help of his nannies. I mean who really runs the government today? Nobody’s home anymore. All we know are threats everywhere.From malacanang, from DOJ, from DILG, from the three stooges in the senate,from BIFF,from MILF and from natural calamity threats.. Im so sorry for the beautiful country the Philippines today. We are so blessed with the abundance of natural beauty and resources and its people. But we are cursed as a nation for having a president worst than the rest of them.