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I assume Filipinos have adjusted to the horrible traffic that the “road link” construction is causing. But then again that’s what Filipinos do best and do often: adjusting to the difficulties that their government imposes on them.
I just want to quickly point out more promises where President Benigno Aquino III and Malacañang have fallen short.
President Aquino led generals in a shootfest in which he supposedly regained some title of some sort. This, according to reports, is an annual thing in which basically older men and women in powerful positions go to a shooting range and fire away at targets.
President Aquino rose to power on a strong anticorruption platform. In his first State of the Nation address in 2010, he talked about the virtuous path (or “daang matuwid”) of governance that his administration would take, and the people were thrilled by the promise. Now, more than halfway past his six-year term, the perception of corruption remains high.
However President Aquino and his economic managers crow over the resilience of the Philippine economy, there is no denying the fact that it remains fragile and very susceptible to disasters—natural and manmade.
By John Nery
When Reuters ran an analytical piece on the “backlash” against President Aquino on Nov. 15, a week after Supertyphoon “Yolanda” swept through central Philippines, I sent a message to one of my friends in the wire agency. “Did you compare raw satisfaction (74% in Mar 2013) with NET satisfaction (+49, Sept 2013)?”
By Conrado de Quiros
The continuing viability of the ruling coalition, say members of the ruling coalition, depends on P-Noy’s anointed for 2016.
With the year 2014 fresh upon us, I wish new and better things for our country. I have 14 prayerful wishes, namely: 1. For President Aquino to act and speak more like a president; 2. For the Cabinet secretaries to work in synergy with each other; 3. For the senators and congressmen to focus more [...]
In the early months of the Aquino administration, then senator Joker Arroyo called the President’s men a bunch of “student council officers” for bungling an executive order on the Truth Commission. Recently, Arroyo once again heaped scorn on Aquino’s men for the amateurish content of the President’s speech on prime-time television regarding the raging issue [...]
By Denis Murphy
These days, President Aquino faces a storm surge of suggestions on how to run the government’s reconstruction program in the areas walloped by Supertyphoon “Yolanda.” The purpose of this piece (and of a roundtable on reconstruction matters to be held in mid-December) is to help the President and his assistants to sort through the suggestions pouring into their offices. Some are good; some are not so useful.
By John Nery
At least once a year in the last three years, I’ve tried to document the patterns of criticism directed against President Aquino. I got started because of what I thought was unfair criticism; I continued partly because of the vigorous, sometimes orientation-altering feedback, and partly because tracing the patterns can be instructive and useful to understanding politics, Philippine-style.
By Amando Doronila
Two weeks after Supertyphoon “Yolanda” reduced Tacloban City to a rubble, reminiscent of the devastation of Hiroshima by the atomic bomb in 1945, the Philippines was swamped by an outpouring of foreign aid on a scale that choked its capacity to distribute relief goods to the storm’s hapless victims.