IT IS NOT SOMETHING TO BE ADMIRED – Noynoy Aquino’s claim that he wants to lead a simple life. Let us cut to the chase. Noynoy is not a humble man. He can deny it to high heavens but getting the supposedly 40% mandate has already gone into his head. His insistence on living in his residential home in Times Street instead of Malacanang after he is proclaimed president would keep him grounded reeks of hypocrisy. There is nothing simple about being the head of state to begin with.
Noynoy Aquino may not be aware of the fact that there are actually more people who didn’t vote for him, meaning there are actually more people who don’t like him as opposed to those who do like him. There are even claims that keep resurfacing that the election was rigged by his handlers so I don’t know why he keeps acting like he is the king of the world. Nowadays, there is even mounting evidence that a lot of people find Noynoy very arrogant. Even his most avid supporters are left scratching their heads because of his trivial pursuits, his choice words, and especially his choice of cabinet secretaries. He will need more talented spin-doctors if he wants to last in his “office” in Malacanang because at the rate he is going, he is going to piss off more of his own supporters.
One of his latest gaffes had him saying that he has already made a lot of “sacrifices”. To quote:
Marami na ho akong sina-sacrifice. Baka yung humihingi sa akin na mag sacrifice e wala pa naisa-sacrifice baka gusto nilang sumali sa sacrifice [I have made a lot of sacrifices. Maybe those who are asking me to sacrifice, have not sacrificed anything. Maybe they want to join me]
I don’t know what the heck he was smoking when he said the above but he was definitely not being humble then and there. What sacrifice was he talking about? Did he mean that he actually sacrificed something because he ran for the presidency? Correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought it was all an act of his love for the country. For heavens sake, he is not even willing to make the sacrifice of leaving his comfort zone and dedicate his time to remaining in Malacanang where he can do more work. He is not even willing to sacrifice his smoking addiction for the benefit of his health and for the benefit of the public. Again, what sacrifice is he talking about? And those who agree with him that his smoking habit is not a big deal are just kidding themselves. Even the Department of Health has weighed in on the matter by saying that “it may be difficult to secure the incoming president if he is outdoors, puffing cigarettes away“.
He even said in defense of his right to continue smoking that his decision to continue feeding his nicotine addiction is to show that he cannot be pushed into doing something he does not want to do. Likewise, he said that he does not want to let his supporters down by being a pushover. To quote:
Kung kaya akong tulakin sa maliit na bagay yan, kaya akong tulakin sa mas malaki. At pag ganun papatulan mo, wala akong desisyon, mahiya naman ako sa mga sumuporta sa akin
Frankly, he could have just sang “I can’t get enough of it, baby” and it would have come across the same way to many people because that is exactly what it is. There was no need for him to use his supporters as a reason not to quit smoking.
Going back to his assertion of his “right” to remain in Times Street, he was also quoted recently as saying that Malacanang Palace has “negative vibes” in reference to the present occupant, President Gloria Arroyo. I did not realize that at 50 years of age, a man like Noynoy Aquino still believes in superstition. Is he a scaredy cat? His statement that Malacanang is “too big, It will just emphasize being alone” and in saying that “This is my spiritual and psychological well-being. I’m here in a very comfortable position. This is where I grew up” about his residence in Times Street, kind of backs up the notion that he could be suffering from separation anxiety disorder.
Why wasn’t he open about his apprehension to leave his home during the campaign? By not divulging all this information then, he was not being very truthful before the voters went to the polls on Election Day. We can therefore say that Noynoy got the supposedly 40% “mandate” under some false pretenses.
Another tell-tale sign that Noynoy may have separation anxiety disorder is when he said that he does not like traveling out of the country:
As a general rule, I don’t want to travel outside the Philippines. The last time I traveled was when President Estrada was still the leader,” said Aquino in an interview with reporters.
Aquino said that as much as possible, he would deploy lower-level government executives to represent the country in trade and foreign policy negotiations overseas.
“My main point is to generate savings by doing things the cheaper way. Our deficit is so big we really have to save,” said Aquino.
How in the world can he save on travel costs if he is going to send lower-level government executives anyway? Are they going to use teleportation just like Captain Kirk in Star Trek? It all sounds so sci-fi to me. It just spells out separation anxiety disorder.
Noynoy does say the dardnest things. No matter how many times I hear people say, let’s give Noynoy a chance, he keeps shooting himself in the foot and confirms to all that he has no redeeming quality whatsoever to non-supporters and even to some avid supporters who are only now getting to know him (instead of before the election when they should have).
[Image courtesy Paolo Dolina]