KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: PNoy held only 4 Cabinet meetings in 4 years? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 11:29

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

 

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority…” (Hebrews 13:17, the Holy Bible).

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PNOY HELD ONLY FOUR CABINET MEETINGS IN FOUR YEARS? Is it true that President Aquino has held only four or so Cabinet meetings since he assumed power in 2010? I am asking this question because Vic Somintac, my co-anchor in the daily (Mondays to Fridays, at 6 a.m.) radio program “Tambalang Batas at Somintac” over DZEC Radyo Agila, 1062 kHz, made this rather startling disclosure on June 24, 2014.

Somintac is DZEC’s Malacanang reporter, and has been assigned at the Office of the President since the days of President Estrada, if I am not mistaken. With his keen memory and acute sense of history, he is a virtual encyclopedia when it comes to the goings-on at the Palace, including the holding of Cabinet meetings.

During out June 24, 2014 program, we discussed claims that President Aquino has not been seen by the public since his last public appearance during the Independence Day celebrations on June 12, 2014, until he went to Japan twelve days later. Somintac explained it is not surprising that the President could be missing from the public’s view for 12 days or so, because that, apparently, had been his style, including his rare Cabinet meetings.

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PNOY A FAR CRY FROM PGMA: On this score alone, Aquino is a far cry from his predecessor, former President Gloria Arroyo, who held regular weekly Cabinet meetings every Tuesday, in addition to her regular LEDAC (Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council) and JELAC (Judiciary Executive Legislative Advisory and Consultative Council) meetings, Somintac said.

Then, Arroyo was also a known workaholic, who would rise from her bed at 4 in the morning to start working, stopping and resting only near midnight. She was also famous for disregarding jetlags, arising from long hours traveling on a plane, just to be able to catch up with provincial sorties or meetings with local officials.

This style of back-breaking management style is what reporters covering Malacanang under President Aquino have been missing, Somintac told me. He said that their experience with Aquino is that, he is a known stickler for a well-defined work schedule, normally starting at 10 a.m. and ending at about 5 p.m. on any given day.

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“JUST BE PATIENT” IS ALL THAT MALACANANG CAN SAY? Well, is this the reason why things have really gone out of control in our country these days? I mean, our people have been confronted with grave problems like the on-going heavy fighting between the Armed Forces and armed groups in Mindanao, with tragedies arising from natural calamities, with increases in tuition fees, and in prices of rice and other basic commodities, in rapid succession.

Yet, nobody but nobody seems to be attending to any of these problems anymore. Fighting in Mindanao goes on abated, victims of calamities remain unassisted, and all that many people can, and are told by Malacanang to do, is to simply try to bear everything in stride. “Just be patient” was the advice given by a Malacanang official in response to mounting complaints that Filipinos are undergoing more difficulties now.

The question, of course, is: up to when will the Filipino people remain to be patient? Yes, the President is still held in high esteem—inexplicably, if I may say so—by many of our countrymen who still believe in him, but up to when will this high esteem of the President remain? And how will he ever hope to repay the people for their high regard of him, if his management style remains in this manner?

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REMINDERS: Please tune in: “Tambalang Batas at Somintac sa DZEC”, at 1062 kHz on the AM band, Mondays to Fridays, at 6 a.m., simulcast, real time, over www.eaglenews.ph;  “Kakampi Mo Ang Batas sa Radyo Trabungko FM”, at 103.7 mHz in Don Carlos, Bukidnon, Mondays to Fridays, at 7 a.m.; and “Kakampi Mo Ang Batas sa DYKA” at 801 kHz on the AM band (Panay Island), Mondays to Fridays, at 10 a.m.