Well, it seems we can all be grateful that President Aquino’s term is almost over. Indeed, just a few more nights and it looks like we can finally say good riddance to perhaps one of the worst regimes that ever graced Malacanang. Needless to say, I’m sure a lot of you feel relieved that in just a few months notice, President Aquino will finally be forced into the background and we will no longer have to see his balding head on TV as much as we used to, doubly so if Mar Roxas, his anointed successor, loses the upcoming 2016 election.
However do note that in just about all his speeches, President Aquino has made constant mention of a “legacy”. He has claimed repeatedly of continuing a “legacy” that his parents left behind and that he allegedly continues in his very own administration. However, one must ask, what does his so-called “legacy” amount to and what has it done for the common Filipino when he took the position of president in our beloved country? In the six years of being president, what will people remember of him? Well, as you may well know, if anyone even chooses to remember anything about his six years of incompetence, I strongly doubt a lot of it will be positive…
All His Achievements Are Either Superficial Or Nonexistent
Of course, both President Aquino himself and his supporters like to go on and on about his alleged achievements. About how he has somehow improved the economy and how, if his so-called reforms are kept in place, it could continue to change the country for the better. Unfortunately, one can surmise that most of what he’s talking about are just conceptual or abstract ideas. These are things that look good on paper but actually mean very little in the real world. Or even if they do, no common Filipino can ever experience the rewards of his “reforms”.
What’s worse is that a lot of his reforms aren’t his own. Indeed, a lot of the so-called changes he has brought about are products of his predecessor’s efforts. He is simply stealing their ideas for his own purposes and making it look like they were the result of his administration’s effort.
If anything, I can best compare President Aquino’s so-called “Daang Matuwid” (straight path) to a fresh coat of bright yellow paint on an old, broken-down jeepney with a worn out engine, faulty brakes and flat tires…
His Sense Of Justice Is Selective And Unfair
Sure, maybe he did highlight the “Pork Barrel” scandal during his term. Unfortunately, this issue has been going on even in the time of his predecessors. Indeed, when it was brought up during President Aquino’s term, all I could say was: “Reopened again, eh?”
However, in all that hullabaloo, I actually expected that something would be done. Well, more fool me. Of course, there were people who were arrested and charged with corruption. Unfortunately, President Aquino seems to have only taken those who were in the opposition. There were also many of his cronies who were involved in the whole thing but he has utterly refused to even have said people investigated.
Another issue would be his unfair treatment of former President Arroyo. I mean sure, I doubt her record is completely clean either. However why must he hold her against her will without any kind of fair trial and why does he keep blaming her for everything wrong that’s ever happened in the country even if she’s the one who originally came up with the concepts of economic change that he seems to be taking credit for.
Worst of all is his dismissive attitude towards the SAF44 and their families. I know it sounds old but I’m just bringing it up for old time’s sake. He even seems to blame the said soldiers for the massacre that befell them and is spitting on their graves by choosing to work for the very terrorists who slaughtered them.
And now there’s the whole “bullet scam” happening in NAIA, the very airport where his father was killed. However, I doubt we can really expect much considering the people running the thing are close associates of his family. Why should we even be surprised that very little is being done for the issue?
He Has Never Really Cared About The Filipino People
Now he did mention something about people in the audience being his “boss”. However, as his term is coming to an end and after everything’s been said and done, I wonder who was he really talking to? Was it the common people he was calling his “boss”? Was he instead referring to his family’s close associates who were watching his speech? Or was he perhaps talking to something else entirely such as who he seems to be holding hands with in the various ASEAN meetings he’s attended or whatever deity his family seems to worship that is most clearly not the good God of Christianity.
Truth be told, he has always been nothing but apathetic to the common Filipino, acting as if they never existed and aren’t harmed by his various misguided ideas. He even seems to think that traffic is a sign of a booming economy when, in fact, it is actually causing untold harm to the citizenry as it could potentially hinder an ambulance on the way to a hospital or delay the delivery of perishable goods. Even his “Daang Matuwid” hasn’t really done anything for the suffering Filipino as his alleged economic reforms has done very little to improve the lives of poor and middle-class Filipinos and has only served to fill the coffers of existing oligarchs. The fact that he forced Lord-only-knows how many people to walk in the hot and polluted streets of Manila during the APEC meetings while treating the foreign delegates like kings more than prove this point.
If anything, he has only seen common Filipinos as nothing more than dumb peasants who can be pleased with just a few kind but hollow words and an empty smile. He seems to think of Filipinos not as the people who voted him into power but as gullible peons who are too dumb to realize that they are being victimized by their own government and he couldn’t really care less about that.
He Is Still A Loser At 50
Okay, I remember saying that it’s okay to be single. Please note ladies and gentlemen that this is not a contradiction. I am merely telling you the wrong way to go about this kind of thing.
Now I know a lot of people who are 50 or older but are still single. However, take note that these are people who are single of their own accord. These are essentially men and women who think that having a significant other is simply not worth the trouble so they’d rather live alone. I am in no position to judge any of these folk and, as long as they’re both safe and happy, well I can only pray for more blessings upon them.
President Aquino however still seems to be looking for a significant other even though he needs to focus on more important things such as running the country. Take for instance the issue that he was dating Pia Wurtzbach. Well, whether or not that’s true, one can note how “needy” he seems to be in his pictures with beautiful women such as the one that was taken in the Dong-Yan wedding and his apparent interest in the bride seemed less than professional somehow.
Well, what can we expect? I’m no expert in women but I doubt indecision and irresponsibility are things that women look for in a man. If he does find a wife somewhere, it will most likely be an arranged marriage that involves a considerable sum of money.
He Has Refused To Take Responsibility For Anything
So here I have saved the worst for last. Truth be told, all his mishaps would’ve been more acceptable if he had just acknowledged and apologized for them. Indeed, if he had simply apologized for the Luneta Massacre, that would’ve at least eased some of the tension in the West Philippine Sea. If he had just said sorry for his mismanagement of the Yolanda crisis, less people would be mad at him. If he had simply accepted and acknowledged his part in the botched Mamasapano mission and taken responsibility for the death of the members of the SAF, perhaps he’d at least retain some face. If he had taken a stand in matters and sought out and arrested those in the bullet scam in NAIA, people might even laud him as a hero of sorts. If he had just told the SSS heads to shut it and give the people the 2000 peso pension they deserve, some people might even love him for it.
But ah, who are we even talking about here?
Not once has he taken responsibility for his wrongdoings. Instead, President Aquino has just gone on and on with his retort that amounts to either “it’s Marcos’ fault” or “it’s Arroyo’s fault”. And, even when caught, he’ll just come up with lame excuses like “I was fooled”.
Tying in with my fourth point, who can love a man who can’t even accept his own mistakes? He acts less like a man and more like a boy trapped in an old man’s body. And not a teen boy either but a foolish and arrogant ten-year-old.
So here’s an advanced “Good Riddance” to you, Mr. Aquino!