YES, as far as some columnists of national dailies are concerned. They see the Liberal Party standard bearer, Senator Noynoy Aquino, as “childish.” But can we blame them?

Weeks ago, Noynoy was criticized for commenting that some surveys “can be bought from Quiapo,” after he was asked about his thinning lead over Nacionalista Party presidential candidate Senator Manny Villar.

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In last Tuesday’s presidential forum sponsored by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Noynoy accused the moderator, BizNews Asia editor and publisher Tony Lopez, of being biased against him.

With Noynoy during the forum were Gilbert Teodoro (Lakas-Kampi-CMD), Villar (Nacionalista Party), Senator Richard Gordon (Bagumbayan), Bro. Eddie Villanueva (Bangon Pilipinas), and former President Joseph Estrada (Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino).

Apparently, Noynoy did not like the way the moderator described his closest rival as “former future president, probably,” while he was introduced as “a man with a good pedigree, grandson of a national hero, son of national heroes” and four legislative terms.

If this early, at a time when Noynoy is still courting Filipinos to elect him as the next president, he already shows his irritability and tendency for tantrums, what should we expect from him if and when he already occupies Malacañang?

The foremost thing we admire in a man, who is supposed to be a leader, is maturity and ability to accept and meet criticisms with grace and open-mindedness. A “pikon” has no place in the country’s highest office. A “pikon” cannot effectively govern his country and constituents because his emotions might affect his supposedly sound judgments.

Passion is good only if it is based purely on noble grounds and devoid of selfish objectives. Otherwise, such should not be described as passion. It’s plain emotional outburst.

We are proud that another Kapampangan is leading the presidential race. But while we’re also glad that Noynoy seems to be dead serious in eradicating or significantly minimizing graft and corruption, it will be a lot better if he displays a more matured character.

We don’t need a leader who has the tendency to throw tantrums each time he thinks that somebody or something is biased against him.