P-Noy’s relationship with Mislang: things that make you go “hmmm…”

Philippine President Noynoy Aquino (P-Noy) is turning into the very sort of person that he says he despises. For all the accusations of misconduct and transgression he hurls at former President Gloria Arroyo, there is now enough evidence for Filipinos to say that he is acting in the same way he is describing GMA and those associated with her – with complete impunity on all misbehavior and mismanagement in dispensing their duties as public servants.

Despite eruption of widespread public outrage after it was revealed that his Assistant Secretary Carmen “Mai” Mislang sent derogatory Twitter messages about Vietnam during his first ASEAN summit, Noynoy has managed to play deaf at calls for his aide’s resignation. Instead, P-Noy has come out defending her and stressed that he will not fire one of his trusted aides. To quote:

“Ipinaliwanag niya sa isang sulat at pinaalala ko lang sa kanya, well, bata si Mai baka yung akala niyang gawain na simple ay hindi niya narealize ang implications. I’m more or less convinced that she realizes what was done.”

P-Noy used the lamest excuse of all in keeping Mislang as his aide. At 29, she is hardly the fresh-faced-fresh-graduate Malacanang intern that he wants everyone to perceive her to be. If he thought she didn’t have the maturity to handle such state affairs to begin with, why is she in his cabinet in the first place? He needs to realize that this excuse can only be used once, for as the saying goes, “We are young only once, after that we need some other excuse.” And judging from the photos of P-Noy with Mislang showing him as a close drinking buddy of hers, there is obviously a more worrying reason why P-Noy cannot fire her. A close friend who is not even competent for the job as a Presidential aide has no business being one.

In addition to the above excuse, P-Noy posted a message in his own Twitter account that comes across as a most subtle way of telling everyone to “Shut up!. In the most ironic of all messages, PNoy’s Panata of the Day says, “Don’t be a fault-finder”. It is a shame Mai Mislang’s Twitter account is already closed because she could really use that advise. In fact, she could have used that advise the most before the trip to Vietnam.

P-Noy’s Twitter message shows that the Filipino people could actually be underestimating his abilities after all. He does have a knack for turning things around. The cunning and talent he applies to making it look like other people who criticize his aide’s uncalled for criticism of Vietnam are the bad guys is indeed, impressive. And his supporters love him for this. It says a lot about them, I suppose. But I digress…

P-Noy knows that most Filipinos, being of Roman Catholic orientation are “God-fearing” and he exploits this to implant guilt on those who point to his and his own Cabinet members’ gaffes. Never mind that P-Noy’s relentless GMA bashing and blame games in his own speeches, which we now know are co-written by Mislang, acts as a bad example of bad behavior coming all the way from the very top.

Some Senators like former renegade and rebel poster boy, Gringo Honasan and close Aquino ally, Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan are also dismissing the issue. According to Honasan “most of the criticisms came only from Filipinos, and none from the official members of the Vietnamese government” and Pangilinan said that Mislang had already apologized and was reprimanded.

First of all, those who were outraged with Mislang’s and Ricky Carandang’s behavior should be lauded because it shows that there are still Filipinos who know right from wrong. The minute we Filipinos start dismissing these types of behavior as non-issues, we become desensitized to these and start thinking that these constitute acceptable behavior.

Second, why should we wait for other people to react before we do? We should have our own set of principles. The Vietnamese government might have had a delayed and tempered reaction for several reasons: because the messages might have been lost in translation since the tweets were in Tagalog and English; and based on how the government had handled the bungled Mendoza hostage crisis, the Vietnamese government probably don’t expect much from the Philippine government beyond these gaffes.

What Senators Honasan and Pangilinan don’t realize is that there are actually a few Vietnamese Online forums where Vietnamese have expressed their indignation as well. Sites like People Voice Online and DCV Online.net show that criticism did not come only from Filipinos as Honasan was claiming.

Has Mislang actually apologized to the Filipino people? As far as I know, she only posted an apology on her Facebook wall. But what about the people who are not her Facebook “friends”? I sincerely think that her apology is not enough. She should at least make an official statement that she has learned her lesson considering her messages have now made it to mainstream media. I just can’t take the words of the people, the ones who say that “she has learned her lesson” seriously. It just sounds like her relationship with them is so comfy and we all know that people who are coddled too much never really learn their lesson well.

At least Senate President, Juan Ponce Enrile is thinking more sensibly, as evident in when he stated that “I will fire her.” In an interview with the media, Enrile gave this comment about Mislang:

“I will fire her. You are part of the entourage of the president, you have to be very careful even with the way you walk, with the way you eat, with the way you speak. Because whatever you do will reflect on your boss”

Mislang’s behavior does reflect upon her boss. A lot of Filipinos are wondering why it is so hard for P-Noy to comprehend this. It is very much doubtful if P-Noy will heed Enrile’s advise. He has an extensive track record of dismissing sound advice even coming from seasoned statesmen when these don’t match his personal sentiment. In short, he only listens to advice that he wants to hear, the ones that jibe with his own agenda. Those that contradict him are branded as “GMA’s midnight appointees” or “fault-finders”. The day he stops blaming the previous administration for his own shortfalls is the day his critics will start taking him seriously.

Instead of bringing good news to the Filipino people after his first ASEAN summit, P-Noy was left to defend another aide from a fresh set of controversies. When will he ever have time to do his job?

As George Bernard Shaw once said, “Youth is wasted in the young.” Well, P-Noy and his secretaries are not young anymore but they sure are wasting everybody’s youth.


Perhaps P-Noy used this strategy in hiring his staff:

How To Properly Place New Employees (Taken from The Net)

1. Put 400 bricks in a closed room.

2. Put your new hires in the room and close the door.

3. Leave them alone and come back after 6 hours.

4. Then analyze the situation:

a. If they are counting the bricks, put them in the Accounting Department.

b. If they are recounting them, put them in Auditing.

c. If they have messed up the whole place with the bricks, put them in Engineering.

d. If they are arranging the bricks in some strange order, put them in Planning.

e. If they are throwing the bricks at each other, put them in Operations.

f. If they are sleeping, put them in Security.

g. If they have broken the bricks into pieces, put them in Information Technology.

h. If they are sitting idle, put them in Human Resources.

i. If they say they have tried different combinations, they are looking for more, yet not a brick has been moved, put them in Sales.

j. If they have already left for the day, put them in Marketing.

k. If they are staring out of the window, put them in Strategic Planning.

l. If they are talking to each other, and not a single brick has been moved, congratulate them and put them in Top Management.

m. Finally, if they have surrounded themselves with bricks in such a way that they can neither be seen nor heard from, put them in Congress.

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18 Responses to P-Noy’s relationship with Mislang: things that make you go “hmmm…”

  1. Nice one for quoting Enrile LOL. And you are right in pointing out that Carmen’s demeanor is a reflection of the crew she’s spending her official government time with.

    After being pressured by concerned citizens online, Noynoy is no longer considering taking his speechwriter Carmen Mislang to his Japan trip for the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting next week. Since his Communications Group has not supplied the media yet with information about official members of the entourage to Yokohama, all Ricky Carandang (Carmen Mislang’s immediate superior) could tell everyone was that “it’s possible” for the president not to have Mislang in the official list of entourage members. However, it seems that Noynoy was sourgraping when he still found the time to Tweet about Filipinos who put him in his place regarding the Mislang issue. As featured in GMANews.tv, he tweeted that he would rather help the government than be a fault-finder. This Tweet, of course, can also be interpreted as President Noynoy’s delayed reprimand to Carmen Mislang who did a lot of fault-finding during her trip with him in Vietnam:
    Fault #1 = the bad taste that the wine left in her mouth
    Fault #2 = the state of pedestrians in the streets of Hanoi
    Fault #3 = the ugly and average looking guys of Vietnam

    President Noynoy’s upcoming Japan trip this November is his 3rd travel abroad in 5 months after being proclaimed president. This is after he swore during the presidential campaign period this year that he does not like traveling abroad and would rather send envoys to do decision-making dealings with other countries’ leaders. He previously went to the USA and Vietnam (only last month).

    • ilda says:

      If P-Noy is not planning on bringing Mislang to his next overseas trip, it only means that he is not convinced that she has learned her lesson. If he thinks that she is going to be a liability, what is the point in keeping her under the payroll?

      He finds himself being a reluctant jet-setter because he has no choice but to travel. He should now realise that his criticism of GMA as being an unnecessary frequent traveller was wrong. He still does not like to travel. There was an article the other day saying that he doesn’t really like travelling.

      “He told reporters that if he had his way, the Vietnam trip would be his last for the year but added that going to the APEC summit is important for the country.

      The President said he received invitations to visit several countries including Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. He said he replied to all the invitations in a diplomatic manner.”

      He might still have <a href="http://antipinoy.com/does-noynoy-aquino-have-a-separation-anxiety-disorder/"separation anxiety disorder as discussed in my other blog. This is why he likes travelling with his pals.

  2. manzi says:

    there’s nothing wrong with being young at heart.. being young in mind is another story.

    and now the continuing adventures of maimai mislang and noynoy abnoy! chanchararan!

  3. UP nn grad says:

    Noynoy Aquino is also a victim 😐 of Communications. Noynoy says he is not aware of the report which the PNP-ASG has received.

    Story here:

    “….document, which came from the government’s Office for Transportation Security (OTS), said a terror attack in the city could occur anytime between September to December. “A terrorist group from Sulu is planning to deploy in 👿 San Juan, Metro Manila this coming September to conduct bombing operations against a still unidentified target,” the report warned.
    “Terrorists who underwent the training would be the ones who would be sent to carry out the mission… to retaliate for the terrorists’ losses to the government’s counter-terrorist operation,” it added. The Philippine National Police’s Aviation Security Group (PNP-ASG) had admitted receiving the intelligence report in August.

    “… We have intensified all our security measures that we have at present. We also have intensified our patrolling and panelling in the complex,” said Senior Superintendent Arturo Mendez Evangelista, PNP-ASG deputy director for operations. The PNP-ASG has placed the entire Ninoy Aquino International Airport complex under heightened security alert. In a memorandum dated November 2, 2010, police officers were ordered ensure the security and safety of airport users, as well as protection of the gateway’s vital facilities and infrastructure, in light of the recent discovery of explosives placed in packages passed on as cargo overseas.

    President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino has not received the communications.

    • ilda says:

      Last I heard there are already 6 countries advising their citizens not to travel to the Philippines. I can’t believe that P-Noy is not even the least bit concerned about these threats. I can understand he is trying to calm the investors down but to pretend that he hasn’t heard anything is idiotic. He probably needs his speechwriters to write a better-worded statement before he talks to the press.

  4. benign0 says:

    “I’m more or less convinced that she realizes what was done.”

    WTF does “more or less” mean? E paano kung less pala? 😀

    • ilda says:

      Hahahaha…that’s why I am not convinced that “she realizes what was done” and I’m not even convinced that P-Noy is convinced 😉

  5. poipoi says:

    mislang is a typical pinoy bar hopper who has no control of her mouth… bitch

  6. Hyden Toro says:

    These people are too young, immature in their thinking and not properly experienced. Noynoy Aquino has hired a bunch of newbies. They are are not even aware that they are representing their country. Ricky Carandang is only experienced in Hosting a TV program. He has no managerial experience. I’m not surprised, because , I may have encountered them here in the AP Blogsite anonymously. They have the Yellow Horde , unreflecting herd mentality….

    • blueredicedtea says:

      @hyden toro

      thats why we have a not-so-popular adage:

      never give a weapon to a psycho

      but since most of our countrymen are not so bright to distinguish psychos and sane men…….

      the rest is history.

      • Hyden Toro says:

        I don’t believe they’re Psychos. They are just a bunch of Raw Kids. Not properly experienced and exposed in the jobs they’re holding. People going to foreign countries, must be advised with the proper Protocol of the Host Country, they are visiting. Ricky Carandang has no exposure and experience on this field. Next time…watch what goes out from your mouth…shut your big mouth out. Think, before you say a thing…it can resonate in a bad way…or even you, become a victim of wrong translations. Diplomacy is a very hard work, in business or govermental job…they’ve told me that you are there to “lie” for your company or for your country. You have to put a good smiling face; even; if things are not going right…

      • Hyden Toro says:

        I believe they’re going to Japan soon; for the ASPEC summit. Hey Dudes, don’t forget to bow to your Hosts…learn the proper way to bow…

      • Aegis-Judex says:

        I have a felling they’d flip the bird to the Japs one way or another…

      • Aegis-Judex says:

        I have a feeling they’d flip the bird to the Japs one way or another…

        (God help me if I double posted!)

  7. Weird, right? He always seems to say one thing and do another that betrays what he said. It’s almost like he does not mean what he says every single time. That what he seems to be saying (or tweeting) one time is not actually his own words but that of a speechwriter kaya naman come action time, the decision to do something becomes different. Because of this twilight zone complex, Noynoy’s fans and supporters are in a daze always enough for them to not find reason in anything that he does anymore. Kumbaga enough na ang yellow color that he represents for them to find value in Noynoy.

  8. archie says:

    “Ipinaliwanag niya sa isang sulat at pinaalala ko lang sa kanya, well, bata si Mai baka yung akala niyang gawain na simple ay hindi niya narealize ang implications. I’m more or less convinced that she realizes what was done.” – Wow I didn’t know that 29 is the new adolescent age. Still in puberty ba si Mai Mr. Penoy? kahit nga maliit na bata e marunong ng courtesy basta’t tama ang pagpapalaki di ba? Sabagay at his age, Penoy is still thinking that presidency is a child’s play…

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