Sen. Serge Osmeña hit the spot when he said that President Aquino is an “awful manager” together with his Energy Secretary Jerico Perilla.
Osmeña, a close ally of the President, was disappointed over PNoy’s decision to keep Petilla as DOE secretary despite the lawmaker’s earlier appeal to fire the former governor of Leyte from the job.
Osmena blames Petilla’s inactions over the power crisis in Mindanao and the surge of charges on the electric bills.
And to add insult to injuries, the President reportedly did not show up on the meeting set by Osmeña.
Even Political analyst Dindo Manhit said the problem with the President is he relies too much on his men.
Unfortunately, some of them are incompetent and unreliable in their respective job due to lack of experience or knowledge in their assigned fields, Manhit noted.
The President noticeably is poor in choosing the right person for the job. He prefers best friends and shooting and drinking buddies for a particular job over those career officers and experienced ones.
Yet when these men fail on the job, the President never removes or replaces them unless there is a public outcry for their relief.
Likewise, observers noted that the President himself does not know how to quickly respond during and after calamities.
PNoy apologized last week to the victims of Yolanda for the snail-pace action of the government in the rehabilitation of devastated areas.
More than half of those devastated areas are still waiting for help from the government to provide its people’s livelihood and rehabilitation of the affected areas.
Critics said the President does not know how to use the government’s resources to address these kinds of problems right away.
While Malacañang keeps on bragging of a few percent growth in our gross domestic product or GDP, unemployment and hunger are on a steady rise and no respite can be seen even after PNoy’s term ends in 2016.
External security is one problem that this administration seemed helpless in addressing also. The problem in the West Philippine Sea with China has yet to be addressed even if several Filipino fishermen had been harassed by the Chinese Coast Guard in the past.
The chief executive may be honest and incorruptible. But honesty alone will not be enough to run a country and bail it out from its present woes.
The President has to be given a crash course on management before he finally sends this country into the pit.
But isn’t it too late “to teach an old dog with new tricks”?