A Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed 88 percent of Filipinos trust President Noynoy Aquino, with a net trust rating of 83, which is higher than all his predecessors, including his mother former president Cory Aquino.

He was elated Pinoys trust PNoy. “Who wouldn’t be?” he said.

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Yeah, he’s either on cloud nine or over the moon.


But what’s sobering is that the survey also showed 53 percent of Filipinos said PNoy will fulfill only “a few” of his campaign promises.

Indeed, Pinoys are also realistic. Like in PNoy’s retaining lawmakers’ pork barrel and naming as Customs commissioner someone who was alleged to have cheated in a golf game.

But they still hope he succeeds in his fight against graft and corruption to raise the people from poverty, whether or not it sounds like the quest of “The Man of La Mancha.”


Golfers take their sport seriously, especially when someone who was alleged to have cheated in a golf game gets appointed to a high office.

Sen. Vicente “Tito” Sotto, an avid golfer, wants PNoy to revoke Customs Commissioner Angelito Alvarez’s appointment because he said lying about one’s scores in a golf game is a “mortal sin,” probably referring to some unwritten golf bible.

Another golfer, Sen. Serge Osmeña III, quoted from the Bible, “How can you be honest in big things if you cannot be honest in little things?”


Sen. Osmeña asked the people to give PNoy “a little slack and let’s see how he would fix this problem.”

Vetting for a Customs commissioner, he said, may have been rushed because of the “very, very short time” between PNoy’s proclamation and June 30.

We don’t also expect him to do a Barack Obama, who assumed responsibility for the bungled nomination of Tom Daschle for a cabinet post.

He simply said, “I screwed up.”