No matter how media and Ignoy supporters try to portray his first 100 days as being Fair, the unfortunate and undeniable fact is that Ignoy gets a Major F for Failure. There have just been too many gaffes and mistakes done in so short a time. No amount of sugar-coating and putting all kinds of spin on Ignoy’s miserably dismal performance can change the fact that all of this is consistent with his lackluster performance as a member of the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Let us recall some of his pre-Inauguration gaffes:
- Ignoy antagonized the Supreme Court by refusing to be sworn in by Chief Justice Corona on account of having been appointed by the previous administration
- Ignoy antagonized the Military by insulting Gen. Delfin Bangit again on account of being an appointee of the previous administration
- Ignoy antagonized the people of Times Street and the Filipino People by insisting on not living in Malacañang Palace and staying at the old Times Street residence.
- Ignoy wanted to name Boy Abunda to head the Tourism Department.
- Ignoy started to antagonize the Balay and Liberal Party stalwarts.
How about the gaffes that started on Inauguration day?
- Lousy Inauguration speech – no solid plans on job creation and economic development
- Focusing on the trivial: Sirens and blaming the previous administration
- Ignoy thought of making a “Truth Commission” to investigate the previous administration. Why couldn’t the idiot just concentrate first on fixing the economy?
- Deciding to get rid of a huge number of civil servants on the day after the Inauguration only to recant the order, and reset the order number to hide the gaffe.
- He was late at the Red Mass because of his stupid siren ban and because at the time, he was still living at the Times Street family residence which was hit by a brown-out the night before.
- Ignoy did not recognize that the Low Water Level at Angat Dam was a cause for concern.
- Ignoy was partying while a storm was happening
- Lousy State of the Nation Address – wrong data, wrong interpretation of data
- Ignoy said that there was too much rice, when in fact, there was still a real need to import rice as there was in fact a shortage
- Ignoy said that the previous administration depleted the budget but his own people later contradicted him and said that the budget was generally intact.
- Ignoy’s State of the Nation Address did not mention anything about fixing the economy and creating jobs.
- Moreover, when the second quarter of 2010’s economic results came out, it revealed a very high economic growth rate of 7.9% which occurred under Dr. Arroyo’s administration.
- Secretaries Purisima and Abad were forced to contradict Ignoy by pointing out that the Arroyo administration actually ran the economy pretty well.
- Ignoy’s negotiator on the government’s panel with the MILF, Atty. Marvic Leonen, said that the Aquino administration was open to charter change as a means to allow peace to flourish in Mindanao. But when one of Ignoy’s communications secretaries – Ricky Carandang – was asked about it, he contradicted Atty. Leonen and said that the Aquino administration sees no reason to do charter change at all.
- Ignoy said that he was not in favor of divorce, yet he suddenly said that he was in favor of legal separation with ability of the separated couple to remarry should they meet new partners.
- Ignoy was nowhere to be seen when the Hostage Crisis occurred, neither did he do what he should have done to prevent the situation from getting worse.
- Ignoy did not take Donald Tsang’s phone calls
- Ignoy was smiling at the post-incident bus inspection at Luneta and was conspicuously smiling during the press conference regarding the Hostage Crisis
- Ignoy’s government did not make sure that hostagetaker Mendoza’s coffin would not have a draped Philippine flag which caused a diplomatic protest on the part of the Chinese.
- Ignoy immediately thought of sending in a team to beg for forgiveness in Beijing but the Chinese were not impressed: they said “don’t come.”
- Ignoy insulted China, whose leadership is friendly towards Dr. Arroyo.
- Ignoy also insulted Hong Kong, though while it is subordinate to China is practically a separate economic and political entity with whom the Philippines makes regular agreements on regarding the welfare of Filipino domestic workers based in Hong Kong.
- Ignoy was exposed as having castrated the DILG secretary position he gave to Jesse Robredo, and gave the sensitive Philippine National Police portfolio to his close firing-range buddy Rico E. Puno.
- Ignoy drastically lessened the pork barrel and discretionary fund of the DILG’s local government units. He also lessened the budget for the Department of Health and government hospitals, and worse, lessened the budget for the Department of Education. All this appears to have been done so that Ignoy can re-allocate all that money to the pork barrel of Congress (House and Senate) so that he can avoid being impeached by what is essentially a hostile legislature as many Liberal Party members are actually from Lakas-CMD-Kampi and worse, the Liberal Party is also losing its desire to support Ignoy on account of his preference of the Samar bloc and his mistreatment of the Balay and Liberal Party bloc.
- Ignoy mentioned that he had problems and personal differences with Jessie Robredo
- Ignoy insulted the people who headed the Incident Investigation and Review Committee, even if they took pains to keep the blame away from him.
- Ignoy decided not to attend ASEAN and other international conferences that required his attendance and only visited the USA, as if the USA is the only country that the Philippines should consider worth having relations with.
- Ignoy claimed the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s grant as being a result of his work when it is clearly not his. Dr. Arroyo’s administration successfully met the MCC’s minimum qualifications and the MCC merely deferred the awarding because of the impending change in administration at the time. The MCC gave the Philippines its nod in March 2010, but that also meant that the administration which worked on getting the grant was on its way out thanks to the elections. Ignoy’s act of not even giving credit to the tremendous work that the previous administration did is proof of his substandard breeding and his malicious desire to take the credit for something he didn’t do.
- Ignoy mentioned that he didn’t want to let go of his close friend and gun-club buddy Rico E. Puno because he said that the people who might take over are “already enemies.”
- Ignoy has to this day not yet fully accounted for how he spent his time and where exactly he was when the hostage crisis occurred.
There is only one good thing that Ignoy did: He defied the arrogance of the Roman Catholic Church by mentioning his general inclination to support the choice of couples in their method of family planning.
Essentially, Benigno S. Aquino III gets a major F.
His pro-artificial contraception stance only got him avoiding a flat zero for his score. Taken in terms of a score of 0 to 10, with 6 as the passing score, he gets a 3.
While Ignoy got people “on his side” on the RH Bill issue, there are still many other things Ignoy owes to the Filipino People. No amount of sugar-coating, lying to the public, and media spin and media manipulation is going to buoy up support for his already heavily reduced support base. SWS and Pulse Asia can pretend that Ignoy continues to enjoy a lot of support, but the reality is one of major disappointment.
Ignoy still has no choice. He has to concentrate on improving the economy and creating jobs. He has to drop all this stupid nonsense and waste of resources and energy on idiotic pursuits like the Truth Commission, when in fact, ordinary Filipinos care more about jobs and real opportunities. What better way than for him to push through with Charter Change this early, as it would open up the economy to foreign investment, bring in a devolution of power from Imperial Manila to the periphery, and will make sure that a more stable and more competence-based government can emerge.
Media spin will not make Ignoy a good president in the eyes of the Filipino People and the World. Only good performance through the implementation of the right policies will.
If all he does is do “what he wants” and govern according to his own whims and caprices or those of his friends and relatives advising him, then it really is no wonder that the miserable Failure that is his first 100 days is also known as the Capriccio in F Major.