Cabinet exec hurt by Aquino ‘Noynoying’ tag

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012


TECHNICAL Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) Secretary Joel Villanueva said that it pains him to hear that President Benigno Aquino III is being misjudged in a tag called “Noynoying.”

Noynoying is a new term used for a person who is doing nothing or who simply sits on his job.

He said such tag is very unfair to the President and his Cabinet who work hard in serving the country.

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“Being an alter ego of the President, it’s really painful to hear such tag. We go home 2am to 3am and at 5am we are back to work again. At 1 am, the President calls to give me instructions directly and gives us ideas and programs. I don’t know what definition fits for hard work,” said Villanueva.

He said that he is a living testimony of how the President works.

“I don’t think I will glorify such criticism because of the fact that we know what we are doing. We know where we are going. We have a program.
We have concrete programs that will really address the present concerns of today. It may not be immediate or instant. But we know that we’re getting there. And we know that we are reaching our goals. Sooner or later, we would be able to say that we were successful in implementing our programs,” he explained.

He said that last Sunday, he was with the President in a meeting in the morning. In the afternoon, they went to Cavite where they were met by some 15,000 people.

“He talked to an ordinary Juan dela Cruz in Cavite. He gave out bowler bonds and he was happy interacting with the people under the scorching heat of the sun for many hours. He was able to relay to the people of Cavite what he intends to do with the P60 billion for a train project,” narrated Villanueva.

“We left at 5 p.m. and after we arrived at Pangarap, he held a meeting again relative to the investments coming in the country. There was a Japanese consortium that wanted to invest in the country. Before, our country had a hard time talking to Japanese investors but now they are the ones coming here to invest,” Villanueva said. (CNC/TE)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 28, 2012.

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