Is PNoy stuck with ‘N’ word?

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012


NOYNOYING” is a catchword that's likely to be short-lived, a passing craze that may just go away. That too, along with senator-judge Miriam Santiago's "wah," will pass.

But not for awhile, not until its fiendish creators replace it with some other protest gimmick or until President Aquino totally proves them wrong.

The "N" word, PNoy said, doesn't "merit attention." Yet in tackling the issue, he and his press agents are giving it time and energy that it's not supposed to merit.

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There's an annoying catch, a Catch-22 of sorts, that pains: whatever he does, he's now victim of the "N" word.

He hit back at the critics who, he said, don't want to see or listen. And, he said, "Noynoying" he's not. In his denial he impliedly accepted what they said the word means. Protesters who coined "Noynoying" smeared his name, then used it to ridicule how he's doing as president.

No lazy bum

In saying PNoy is not "Noynoying," Malacañang unknowingly rides along with slanderers.

The nickname Noynoy is one that PNoy can't shed off: it helped make him president.

What he needs to reject flatly is equating the "N" word with idling or playing hooky.

Despite the fumbles, the president has had some success in leading the country although its effects may not be felt yet by the poor and middle-class. Once the nation sees a new Noynoy, the verbal slur self-destructs.

A word or phrase meaning changes with time and shifts of users' perception.

"Noynoying," an indictment against presidential sluggishness, may follow the "planking" protest's fate: going and soon gone.

(paseares@sunstar.com.ph or @gmail.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 22, 2012.

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