KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Who were PNoy’s real supporters in 2010? PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 August 2014 13:15

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

 

LIFE’ INSPIRATIONS: “…Righteousness exalts a nation…” (Proverbs 14:34, the Holy Bible).

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WHO WERE PNOY’S REAL SUPPORTERS IN 2010? I have been receiving a lot of “hate text messages” and “hate emailed messages” lately, on account of the articles, columns, and broadcasts I have been making detailing how I perceive President Aquino and the Aquino government nowadays. These messages are saying I am a certified Noynoy-hater all along, so I have been writing and broadcasting negative comments about him lately.

Well, I searched through my file, and I found an article I wrote on July 01, 2010, just a day after Aquino assumed the presidency in 2010. Let’s see if I was a Noynoy-hater at the start of his term. Please read on:

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“PNOY, THE PINOYS’ PRESIDENT: The greatest highlight of the inaugural speech of President Benigno Aquino III Wednesday, as far as I am concerned, was his deliberate identification of himself and, by express implication, of his government, with the needs and concerns of the Filipino people.

“That was a master stroke, a genuinely genius strategy that will surely endear him all the more with his `boss’, who, he said in his inauguration, are the masses who literally cleaved unto him and catapulted him to the presidency with the greatest and biggest number of votes ever for a Philippine president.

“For the first time, our countrymen heard a president who is undergoing whatever they are undergoing, experiences the same inconveniences the people are experiencing, and who, because of this first-hand knowledge of what the people are going through, can respond directly and more effectively. Indeed, PNoy is now the Pinoys’ president.

“All of us must therefore pray to God the Almighty Creator of the heavens and the earth that the country’s 15th president will not be sidetracked from this direction and that coupled with a sincere desire to govern using God’s Word, guidance and direction, his promises to transform this nation and our people will be achieved in the next years.

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“PNOY GETS A FIRM GRIP OF THE NEEDS OF FILIPINOS: Of course, there were references to the legacy of his mother, President Cory Aquino, and of his father and namesake, Sen. Benigno `Ninoy’ Aquino Jr., in pursuing his task as chief executive, but it is undeniable that President Noynoy himself appears to have already obtained, this early, a firm grip of what Filipinos wanted for themselves, at least in their ordinary, day to day living.

“He knows for instance that many of our countrymen no longer want the `tong’ system to continue (or the system of paying or bribing government authorities for an easy way out of a transaction or problem), so President Noynoy says there is no more `tong’ in any transaction under his administration.

He knows, too, that our countrymen are sick and tired of privileges bandied about by the high and mighty, most especially in the use of sirens and alarms (or ‘wang-wangs’ as we refer to them), and in allowing traffic counter-flows or stopping other motorists just to enable the privileged individual easy travel, so he has stopped all of these altogether.

“Many would think the presidency should no longer be involved in mundane matters like this, but I understand the concern of the President to show an immediate impact on our countrymen, by a change in behavioral patterns most exposed to the public’s view. This is good, if you ask me.”

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