The blameless president

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Mr. Aquino has expunged several words from his dictionary of leadership. More than four years is enough to leave a trail and a compilation of his spoken and written words has unraveled the words that he has excluded from his preferred verbal and written word pool.

A tragic contemporary event has identified the number one word that he does not use and does not apply to his deeds as president. Mr. Aquino does not have the word “ humility” in his leadership dictionary. If there is one constant to his leadership that starts with the letter “H” it is hubris, tons upon tons of presidential hubris.

Even under conditions of duress, when just a small dose of humility could save the day for him and his embattled leadership, he would rather dig in and assert his belief in the omniscience of his leadership.

The truth is such small dose of humility could have eased the public fury over the senseless death of the SAF 44. Mr. Aquino could have offered a sincere apology to the families of the slain 44 officers, then owned up the full responsibility. With a promise that the deaths would not be senseless deaths, and there would be justice for the slain, the president would have placed himself in the midst of families and the nation in that tragic event. The families would have understood the presidency in that light—a leader big enough and presidential enough to own up the operational bungling that led to the senseless deaths of 44 officers.


The only condition is you have to be sincere, the acknowledgement of failure must be a genuine and a heartfelt one.

Instead of doing the right thing, Mr. Aquino fell prey to the temptation of ego-centered leadership. He blamed Gen. Napenas for the bungled, tragic operation in Mamasapano. He shielded his favorite PNP general, resigned PNP chief Alan Purisima, who was identified as the real brains of the operation. More, he used a pedestrian term “ binola” which a president should not have used in a time of grief. The public now could not decide on which grated more—the president’s failure to accept responsibility or using the word “ binola” under the most inappropriate circumstance.

The likes of us who lack formal education and have been raised by laborers and sharecroppers could be forgiven for occasional verbal indiscretions. Those born in the haloed circumstance of Mr. Aquino are not easily forgiven.

Mr. Aquino’s seeking God’s forgiveness for omissions that he might have done was also out of context. It showed that he really did not know how the Scriptures treated leadership. He should have invoked the Sermon on the Mount, which is about the meek and the humble. Or, the line which clearly defined what leadership is all about be : he who wants to be first should be last.

It is no weakness, the Scriptures remind us over and over again, to accept responsibility for failed acts of leadership.

President Aquino was safe to play the blameless game in his first two years in office. His approval ratings were very high. In his first two years, his massive public support enabled him to shrug off criticisms, even the most valid ones, as acts of desperate political partisanship or the unintelligible rants of the relics of the old discredited order.

A section of the media dedicated to the proposition that Mr. Aquino was a great president muted the valid criticisms. The blame on all wrongs in the country was someone else, or some vested interest, not Mr. Aquino, never Mr. Aquino.

That section of the media is still devoted to Mr. Aquino but it is now hard put in skewing the headlines, in slanting the stories, to lay the blame for the presidential bungling elsewhere. It is reckoning time and the anti-Aquino forces opposing in the shadows over the past four years have gone beyond burning his effigy. There are now organized groups, multi-sectoral ones, pressing for his resignation. An uncle and aunt of Mr. Aquino on the Cojuangco side of the family are with one of the groups working for his resignation.

On the Aquino side, even the most political ones have yet to come out to defend Mr. Aquino.

The business groups are still with Mr. Aquino. In fact, they, along with some politicians angling for favor, are the remaining bastions of support of the Aquino presidency. The public pulse is reflected in the sense of rage expressed by netizens. If Mr. Aquino does not have a sense of the true public perception of his presidency, he should ask his staff to compile the list of damning names by which the netizens call him now.

Can Mr. Aquino reverse course, drop the hubris for some needed dosage of humility?

Zero chance that would happen. The people with him in his bunker sustain the narrative of his supposed greatness as president. Ang galing mo Boss. And like all presidents, Mr. Aquino loves listening to the timber of his own voice. They live in either in a bubble or in an alternate universe.

mvrong@yahoo.com

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  1. Humility to Pres. BS Aquino is for the netizens he calls his “Boss” to understand him that he is beyond fault. He also compares his administration as to that of Jesus Christ which he says always being attacked. He is more than drunk of power, he had gone too far as to think that he is “God” (as only God is faultless).

  2. Hector David on

    Here s a person who has used and abused to the hilt the goodwill and sympathy of the Filipino people of his parents.. Unfortunately His has abused it and over used in l his stupid actions and blunders … That sympathy and love has long been buried and burned. A child is supposed to enhance His parents good reputation … He desecrated it instead

  3. Vicente Penetrante on

    Psychiatric reports on Aquino’s mental health began circulating online during the 90-day election campaign period from Feb.9 – May 8, 2010. Who said and believed that the reports were “fake?”

  4. Amnata Pundit on

    This Boy Sayad was not elected but selected by the yellows and their foreign backers utilizing Smartmatics computerized dagdag-bawas program in 2010, that is something everybody knows by now. The cruel joke they played on the people has now blown up in their faces, and their boy is now the National Hate Object like Marcos and Erap were during their time. Marcos and Erap were victims of a conspiracy, Ninoy Aquino’s assassination in the strongman’s case, and in Erap’s case the impeachment trial and all the barefaced lies told in that circus. In this lunatic’s case, there is no conspiracy as he did all this to himself, rather the yellows with their carefully tended image now in tatters did this to themselves. This is Divine Justice at work. I hope the terminal phase for the yellows is slow and excruciating like being boiled in hot water to be served for dinner. After all isn’t that what they like to do their enemies? God is Great indeed !

  5. May I add some H words? Hayup! Hudas! The word “hayup” need not be taken literally. Hayup was a word I used to hear from my parents when they expressed utter disgust for someone who had done something terrible. Hudas — ( well, we all know him as the ultimate betrayer of the Lord) but I think this aptly applies to our “benevolent” leader’s betrayal of 44 men. As for Mr. B.S. Aquino showing even an iota of humility, good luck with that. You have a better chance of picking up sticks with your bum cheeks. As for the “binola” part of the above column, tayo pong taong bayan ang binola ni Mister Pangulo. Ironic that his full name bears the initials B.S.

  6. Maribel A. Calanda on

    Let him dig his own grave! Let his arrogance swallow him! The Filipinos are awakened and they have seen enough of his rantings, rudeness and ego. Let the axe fall where it should. Since he always spoke of his father then let the dead rise from his grave!

  7. Maria De Leon on

    Aquino is certainly the perfect example of a man with hubris — one who has excessive pride and arrogance; enjoys a high position and overestimates his capabilities to such an extent that he loses control with reality. How can Filipinos tolerate such a man for their President?

    • Filipinos in general are known for their complacency and so they are oppressed by their own elected leaders.

  8. With Coloma, Lacierda, Abad, Drilon, Belmonte and Lima, Pres. B. S. Aquino III, or whatever position you want, is a hopeless case. They are all drunk with power and think that good things for them have no end, totally forgetting the people’s and country’s future..