Noynoy Aquino seems to be suffering from separation anxiety disorder. Separation anxiety disorder is a psychological condition in which the individual experiences excessive worry over parting from home or from people to whom the individual has a strong emotional attachment. It is a disorder that is strong enough to impair a person’s ability to conduct his day-to-day activities.
What could be the first sign that Noynoy Aquino might be suffering from separation anxiety disorder? Noynoy recently announced that he would not be staying in Malacanang when he is proclaimed president. He is of the opinion that he would be more comfortable in his family’s residence and would have more privacy there. He would just treat Malacanang as his office.
This baffling statement of his raises so many questions in my mind. What kind of privacy does a single man like Noynoy need? Is Noynoy not aware of what he signed up for? Did somebody forget to tell Noynoy about the implications of being a president? Being the president or a head of state is not a nine-to-five thing. There is a reason why the incumbent president stays in Malacanang. The president of any country is basically on call 24 hours a day. It’s supposed to be the toughest job in the land.
The president and his staff need to be in constant consultative mode and if he decides to stay in his home in Quezon City, he will waste a lot of time travelling to and from his “office”, time which could be better spent discussing strategies on how to elevate the nation from poverty. Besides, has it slipped Noynoy’s mind how slow the traffic can get during peak hours? Is he not concerned about the inconvenience his convoy is going to cause other morning and afternoon commuters? He kind of gives me the impression that he will punch in at 9 am and punch out at 5 pm from Monday to Friday. How convenient for him, but not for the rest of us.
Security in Malacanang Palace is beefed up because of the threat to the life of the incumbent president. Noynoy can’t get that kind of security from his residence in Times Square in Quezon City. Likewise, world leaders who live in different time zones can actually ring up in the wee hours of the morning during an emergency situation. They will have to install additional facilities in his home to accommodate the needs that can only be met while he is in Malacanang. That would be an additional expense shouldered by the public and an inconvenience to his staff.
What about the other residents of Time Square? Don’t they have a say in the matter? When you have a high profile individual living near your house, it can be very inconvenient especially with Filipino politicians’ penchant for a having a large entourage acting as assistants and body guards. I can just imagine the number of cars rolling in and out of the village; it’s going to be a nightmare and fraught with security risks for the other residents there. They will have no peace if Noynoy pushes through with this plan.
Noynoy is also justifying this decision by saying that staying in his house in Quezon City would keep his “feet on the ground.” His reason is a bit lame and something that is obviously not well thought of. Why would staying in Malacanang make him any less or more of a person in the first place? Frankly, Noynoy’s display of false humility is totally working against him if you ask me. All this just says more about Noynoy’s inability to separate himself from the comforts of his own home and nothing much about his so called “humility” or “integrity”.
Another indication that Noynoy seems to be suffering from some kind of disorder is the fact that he is now adamant that he will not quit smoking. Again, his arrogance was displayed when he said “When I ran, people knew that I smoked.” One of these days we’ll just hear him say, “When I ran, people knew I was incompetent, they can’t expect me to be competent now.” It just seems odd that during his campaign he even suggested that he will quit smoking eventually and now he is saying that he needs to smoke more than ever because quitting “could affect his decision making.”
Well, thanks a lot for setting a good example for the younger generation Mr. Aquino – NOT! You shouldn’t have started smoking in the first place. Didn’t your mommy ever tell you it’s bad for your health? Frankly, who would want to kiss a guy who taste like ashtray? I know I wouldn’t. Noynoy is not even discreet when he needs a puff. During the campaign period, there were even pictures of him cigarette in hand while mingling with young girls. Even the TIME author who did a profile of him couldn’t help but mention it.
His statement about smoking is not even apologetic. The least he could have said was, “I know it’s bad for me and it’s not good.” Instead, he was dismissive by saying there are more pressing matters at hand than his smoking habit. His unwillingness to even try and make the habit unappealing to youngsters is in bad form. This says a lot about his inability to understand the implications of his actions. He should know this in the context of a country that lacks good health care facilities for the poor. Noynoy should at least be encouraging people to quit smoking because the diseases associated with smoking can actually weigh down already scarce public health care resources.
Smoking can also take up a lot of his productive time. If he smokes a pack a day, how much time does he need to get up and leave his room to go outside and get smoke breaks? I hope he is not expecting to smoke while he is inside Malacanang. That would be too terrible for the people who will have no choice but to inhale his second-hand smoke.
People who suffer from separation anxiety disorder can get distressed when separated from the subject of attachment. People with separation anxiety disorder can also exhibit a negative mental attitude and arrogance if they don’t get their way. Noynoy does seem to exhibit all of the above with his attachment to his home and smoking. This might explain why he is so obsessed with trivial stuff like the on-going debate on who is going to administer his oath taking. I just hope his useless anxiety and arrogance will not translate to bad decision-making in the future.