Every day that’s gone by since his “presumptive win” in this year’s elections, Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III turns into a bigger and bigger chump. As we follow the self-created drama that now embroils his first step into the Presidency — the “big” issue of his oath taking (the bigness of this issue an ironic but laughable resullt of his and his media lackeys’ own doing) — we find more and more of his own Yellow Army coming to their senses and re-aligning themselves with the correct argument.
Most recently it is Mr Ahrrrneo himself, Fr Joaquin Bernas who speaks out [my boldface]:
It is known that Senator Aquino toyed with the idea of taking his oath before a barangay captain. It could have been a gesture of thanksgiving to the masses who elected him to office. As it turns out, however, it might not be just a barong Tagalog which a barangay captain lacks but also legal authority. But contrary to what the Malacañang “constitutionalist” Saludo claims, the Constitution does not obligate Aquino to take his oath before Corona. Nevertheless, taking the oath before the Chief Justice would be an assurance, addressed to an anxious public, that he does not intend to be a rogue President and that he recognizes the Court as a co-equal body, warts and all. If he has any qualms about it, he might assuage his feelings by remembering what someone greater than he said about the Pharisees: Listen to what they say but do not do what they do.
Even that old lapdog that belted out the loudest yipping over most of the entirety of the Yelllow One’s campaign is calling for a bigger person to emerge from the stooped frame of the soon-to-be President of our great Republic…
[Noynoy Aquino] is the president now in all but the formality of being sworn in, and should begin being the president of his nation and not of his party.
It’s time, Mr Noynoy Aquino to come out of your politician’s-son frame of mind and take the following three-step-process to becoming the person the Filipino people elected you to be:
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Step 1: Be a Man
Grasp the bull by the horns rather than sidestepping it while cloaking your groin with a yellow cape. Your pedigree got you to where you are, but consider for a moment how space-bound vehicles shed their booster rockets after escaping the Earth’s gravity as they enter the next stage of their voyages. You need to do the same with your 1980’s emo politics. The next stage of your journey — the next six years you face — requires a different engine to propel it.
Step 2: Be a Statesman
Throwing tantrums about who the Chief Justice is (among others non-issues you’ve raised in the last few weeks) no longer cuts it, bossing. Despite your riding on the illustrious backs of your parents, you are no “revolutionary” (though you somehow hoodwinked an entire army of bozos into thinking so). The real tragedy here is that you now seem to plan to continue wearing this revolutionary’s costume into the Office of the President. If you want to do things differently, Noyboy, show us that you can influence with words and subtle persuasion skills rather than deferring to the perverted sense of entitlement that you continue exhibiting.
Step 3: Be a Leader
By creating divisiveness and undermining institutions with your glib adolescent edicts, you simply shoot yourself on the foot. A real leader points in the direction of a remote goal, looks back at his troops one last time, and yells “Let’s go over there and kick ass!” before charging forward. In the unlikely event that you even manage that battle cry, the REAL TEST will be when you glance back midway through your charge: Will there be people charging behind you with swords drawn as well? That is the question you need to ask yourself, Noyboy. Make sure you don’t trip over yourself as you shuffle into that comfy seat in Malacanang.
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Right now you rely on reports of American “endorsement” of your “mandate” to assure the nation of your entitlement. You even dispatched your lackeys in the Media to publish stories that imply how “powerful messages” to effect that assurance necessarily come from representatives of old colonial masters:
Flowing from this fundamental premise, [US ambassador to the Philippines, Harry Thomas Jr]’s visit implicitly recognized the result of this credible electoral exercise—that Aquino had won an overwhelming mandate, in fact, a landslide victory, in the first automated election count system in this country’s history.
All the while we are now seeing some indications that the election that gave you that deep sigh of relief from your campaign may not be so perfect after all. In case you hadn’t noticed Mr Noyboy and Mr Inquirer Editor, sovereign institutions within the Republic are working frantically to turn the election results into an official outcome. That outcome will not come from a foreign dignitary’s handshake. It will come from due process that exists within the sovereign framework of the Republic.
Are you going to rest easy from hereon, assured that your “landslide” victory and that golden handshake from the American Ambassador served yours and your Kamaganak Inc’s interests even as uncertainty continues to grip appointments to the other posts in the government you will be presiding over in the next six years?
Or are you gonna re-double your efforts to ensure that all the loose-ends get tucked in — even those that don’t normally serve your personal agenda?
The answer to those questions, President-Elect Noynoy Aquino lies in how successfully you step up in three steps and grow up.