‘Noynoying’ and Aids plan-A A +A
Sunday, March 18, 2012
I DON’T usually agree with the causes and crusade advanced by so-called left-leaning militant organizations because they have their own agenda. But when they coined the word “noynoying” during their rally and transport strike in Metro Manila over the weekend, I partly agree with them. “Noynoying” means Noynoy is doing nothing. This is not far from the word I used to describe P-Noy several months ago. I said, “P-Noy has Aids (As If Doing Something).”
It has almost been two years since he assumed the presidency. And what are the major accomplishments of his administration, as far as uplifting the economic condition of the Filipino people? Nothing. The prices of petroleum products continue to increase, triggering the rise in the prices of basic commodities. The transport industry is now pressing for an increase in fare rates. What has our President done to solve the unemployment problem? Nothing. There is a looming energy crisis in Mindanao, but it seems Malacañang has not taken any immediate action to address the situation.
P-Noy has focused on his anti-corruption campaign and has neglected the other aspects of his governance. There is no problem with his anti-corruption campaign because we support it. Widespread corruption has bankrupted our national coffers. A big part of the taxpayers’ money goes to the pockets of corrupt government officials, through commissions and kickbacks. Is he succeeding in his crusade to eliminate or at least minimize graft and corruption? I doubt.
I have some friends in the export and import industry and they confirm that some Bureau of Customs officials are still at it with their shenanigans. Some corrupt customs officials have allegedly made legitimate businessmen into their milking cows.
Even if these businessmen have complete and legal papers, their cargoes are being held if they don’t meet the demands of these corrupt officials. I have also talked to some contractors and they also say that government officials who initiate projects still demand kickbacks. Has corruption really been eliminated or minimized in some graft-ridden government agencies like the Department of Public Works and Highways, the Bureau of Internal Revenue, education department, prosecution, judiciary, military, police and etc.? I doubt it.
P-Noy’s anti-corruption slogan, “Tungo tayo sa tuwid na daan,” is a misnomer. Nothing has changed in our political system since we regained our democracy after the people power revolution in 1986. In fact, corruption has grown with the succeeding administrations. During the time of former dictator Fedinand Marcos, corruption was centralized. Meaning, Marcos was only doing it because he financed the campaign funds of his political allies down to the municipal level. Members of the defunct Batasan Pambansa had no pork barrel. Their work was purely on legislative matters. So they could not demand commissions and kickbacks. But now, corruption has been decentralized because politicians in all levels are doing it, even in the barangay level. Imagine some barangay officials also demanding commissions from contractors.
There is no question that like his mother, the late Cory Aquino, Noynoy is an honest man. But what about the people around him? Are they not taking advantage of their positions? What about his allies in Congress? Don’t they demand commissions from projects sourced from their Priority Development Assistance Fund?
In the months leading to the start of the impeachment trial of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona, P-Noy unleashed personal attacks against the latter. I don’t know what his intention was but the chief justice already submitted himself to the legal processes. Good that P-Noy has stopped doing it. But Corona is now making the offensive. It’s not good for two leaders to be washing their dirty linen in public as if they were school kids.
P-Noy still has four years to prove his worth as a good leader. I hope he won’t be “noynoying” until his term expires.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 19, 2012.