Why is President Benigno “P.Noy” Aquino III smiling less nowadays? Perhaps it is because reality is starting to hit him — the reality of the future and the reality that he, the President of the Philippines, is surrounded by morons. The problem with small moronic minds is that the people these inhabit lack a fundamental ability to take an imaginative step out of the small square they have hemmed themselves in. One of these small squares is the “reality” of the lack of money to implement P.Noy’s “campaign promises“.
Given this context, the solution that seems to escape P.Noy’s henchmen in the increasingly bloated echelons of his public relations machine is quite simple, really. And so simple indeed it is. The solution to P.Noy’s woes takes all of two steps:
(1) Step out of a six-month frame of mind.
The venerable Inquirer.net Editor encapsulates in his blurb today the massive Excuse Campaign being mounted by the Philippine Media to play down public expectations now weighing down on the President (expectations that, I cannot emphasise enough, he himself drummed up during his Campaign of Fantasy).
One of the big problems that the Aquino administration is facing is lack of funds. The previous administration spent or allocated the greater part of this year’s budget, leaving the new administration with practically just a pittance for its priority projects. A tax shortfall of P110 billion has also been forecast for this year.
But, see, the pathetically flawed premise behind what Aquinoist media hacks are playing up at the moment harks back to our renowned heritage of smallness. Nowhere in this whole boo-hoo-the-Government-is-broke sympathy campaign being dished out by the Media is it being highlighted that the problem has a horizon covering only the next six months, after which P.Noy’s government is free to come up (of course with the help of Congress) with its own budget to allocate and spend as it pleases — which brings us to the next intellectual step (and by all indications, a leap, for most)…
(2) Step back to regarding the full six-year horizon.
Last I heard, P.Noy signed up for a six-year term. That means three things: (1) he has six years over which to spread his programme of change and reform, (2) he has six months — out of the 72-odd stretching across his term — to make do with the budget he inherited from the previous administration, and (3) he can use the situations described in the previous two points to come up with an envisioned Philippines to aspire for by the end of his term in Year 2016.
In short, rather than go around blubbering about a “depleted budget” looking for people to blame for ruined plans, the Administration should step up and elevate people’s sights to enable them to see things from a higher vantage point. P.Noy (or at least the people who surround him that do the thinking for him) should re-frame the situation using the context of a six-year journey. Real Chief Executives consistently think over such time frames even while their minions run around like headless chickens putting out the little fires that inflame their little worlds. In contrast, P.Noy not only exhibits a seeming lack of ability to step up to real strategic thinking, he routinely chimes in with the gripe-fest his people are currently singing in concert.
If only P.Noy possesses the intellectual faculties to see (a) what he fails to do as a real Chief Executive and (b) what he stoops down to as an inexperienced and inept one. The path to relieving himself of the looming public relations nightmare that he faces as one promise after another falls with each week that passes is to come up with an epic journey stretching over six years to inspire his people rather than sit around the little camp fire with the little boys telling little childish ghost stories to give him — and the Media — the quickie adrenaline fixes they live for.
Two things Mr President:
(1) What shape and form do you envision the Philippines of 2016 to take?
(2) How do you plan to get us there over the next six years?
If you can answer those two questions and frame your message to your people along those lines, then you can put the money issues you face over the next six months in the proper perspective rather than waste your time stomping your feet about it.