Osmeña: ‘Ampaw’ Aquino admin has ‘NPAs’ in Cabinet

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014


SENATOR Sergio "Serge" Osmeña III again slammed the Aquino administration, this time, for being "ampaw" or lacking in substance, and for having "NPAs" or non-performing assets in the Cabinet.

Last week, Osmeña criticized President Benigno Aquino III for being an "awful manager" and warned him of losing his endorsement value in the 2016 national elections.

Aquino is the chairman of the ruling Liberal Party (LP), which is expected to field Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II as its standard bearer in the next presidential race.

The senator said the present administration itself is guilty of being "ampaw", taking on the earlier statement of Aquino that Filipinos should not settle for an "ampaw" candidate in the coming polls.

"We are all guilty of being 'ampaw' in a little way, or in a big way, depende iyan. I think that the Aquino administration might also be called 'ampaw' sapagkat marami silang hindi ginawa na magagawa nila," Osmeña, Aquino's chief campaigner in the 2010 presidential elections, said in a radio interview.

Osmeña added the public is "disappointed" with the administration for the "teka-teka" attitude of appointed government officials.

"Kung naiinis na ang tao, madali naman sa kalaban nila na ilabas ito, itong non-performance. Ang tawag ko sa kanila, ang dami nilang NPAs diyan sa Gabinete, non-performing assets. Eh, palitan naman ninyo. Nagmamadali na tayo kasi last two years na eh," he said.

Osmeña said that while the anti-corruption campaign of President Aquino has been working in his favor in terms of investments, the administration is lacking in the implementation of infrastructure projects.

"Kung gagawa po tayo ng report card niya, makikita mo na napakaraming projects that should have been ongoing by this time, or last year, or two years ago, na hindi nauumpisahan hanggang ngayon. That is the performance of the PNoy (Aquino) administration," he said.

The senator also cited the power shortage in Mindanao. He earlier singled out Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla for his supposed mismanagement of the Department of Energy (DOE).

Osmeña, however, clarified that he is not regretting campaigning for Aquino in the 2010 national polls.

"Looking at the batch of candidates who were available in 2010, I think he was still the best candidate. And if I have to make my decision all over again, I would have come to the same decision," he said.

"But I am also very disappointed, nahihiya po ako sa taumbayan, na nag-under perform siya. Kasi kung kaya mo mag-drive ng 80 mph (miles per hour), bakit ka nag-30 mph?" the senator added. (Sunnex)

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