Media outlet Inquirer.net was obviously scraping the bottom of the barrel when they named Philippine President Noynoy Aquino (PNoy) “Filipino of the Year” for 2010. The timing is off considering the country is still reeling from a recent terror attack with the bombing of a public transport bus and a perceived rise in overall crime rate. The decision to give him the title was like an afterthought and obviously another public relations stunt.
Even the figures they used are sooo last year. The Inquirer, which is owned and operated by staunch Aquino supporters, voted the Philippine President, “the living Filipino who made the most positive impact in 2010” owing to the “Social Weather Station survey in November showing seven out of 10 Filipinos were satisfied with President Aquino’s administration; Pulse Asia figures in October gave him a trust rating of 80 percent.”
Since the Inquirer.net used figures from last year to justify their choice, it is worth emphasizing again that both survey firms are owned and operated by friends and family members of PNoy. Clearly, they use figures the way a drunken man would use a lamppost – for support rather than illumination.
The country’s leading publication is even now calling PNoy a “rock star” for being bigger than singer Arnel Pineda. Who is Arnel Pineda anyway to the poor people who don’t even own a TV or a radio or those who don’t even have a roof over their heads? Not everyone knows Arnel for sure and not everyone knows the real PNoy since he has not made a difference to the way poor people live.
The poor still live in squalor despite some media outlet’s claim that PNoy is like a “rock star” to Filipinos. Or perhaps they got the idea of labeling PNoy a “rock star” when I referred to PNoy as someone who is stuck between a rock and a hard place.
It is not enough that PNoy is already the leader of the Filipino people. His minions just had to highlight that he embodies the average Filipino. Come to think of it, we have been saying it for so long and the Inquirer has now confirmed what is true – that PNoy represents the modern Filipino – triumphalist, basking in false sense humility and enjoying false sense bravado. And as I mentioned in my previous blog, 2010 indeed, is the year of the rise of Philippine idiocracy!
It seems that PNoy’s handlers or the people around him are not helping him to stay grounded on reality. By praising him for having done nothing significant as the leader of 100 million Filipinos, it is as if they act to cushion his every fall. How will PNoy learn to deal with reality then when they keep doing this? By giving him shallow accolades like the title “2010: Filipino of the Year” he can continue to sit there in Malacanang looking like an envelope without any address on it.
Of course in a way, it is understandable that most of PNoy’s supporters would act as shields every time he or any of his staff commit gaffes. Staunch Aquino supporters forced him to run for the presidency, lest we forget. When the Inquirer mentioned, “Mr. Aquino chalked up major points for having answered the call to run for the highest office in the land,” they were actually talking about themselves — Noynoy’s Yellow Army of supporters. They were the ones who begged him to run. As such, their own reputation is actually at stake if PNoy continues to fail. They did not even give him enough time to mourn his mother’s death. They pressured him to agree to run because they had to ride the tide of sympathy and seize the opportunity to get the sympathy votes for the Liberal Party.
PNoy has lived a very sheltered existence. His supporters continue to tell him what he wants to hear all the time. This has the effect of making him soft — which is why he tends to act so defensive when faced with criticism for his bungling of the handling of major challenges. The ultimate effect of his defensiveness is that, he has developed Vincent Van Gogh’s ear for criticism. He just cannot stand it. He even calls people who are critical of him “the noisy minority” despite admitting, “The people’s mandate is what we need to gain the right to lead and to pursue the rightful path.”
In a speech during the commemoration of his mother’s 78th birth anniversary he showed his frustration for the job and referred to the challenges of his job as “kabuwisitan“ :
“So ‘pag ako po ay hinaharap ng kaliwa’t kanang problema at kaliwa’t kanang kabuwisitan, parati hong bumabalik, nanay ko pumasok sa trabahong ito kumbaga walang blueprint…”
The statement above says a lot about his negative mental attitude. His statement above likewise contradicts another label the Inquirer.net used to refer to PNoy. As if to add more spice to PNoy’s otherwise bland personality, they also called PNoy astig or a “tough guy”. Filipinos who are more in touch with reality are obliged to think that PNoy has demonstrated in more ways than one that he is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others. This is evident in the way the whole article in the Inquirer was written, which also used too much reference to “many fabled thoughtful warriors, like Arjuna and King Leonidas.”
It was former President Fidel Ramos who once said that “our press needs to address its quality. It’s too dramatic all the time, too ideological, too much based on rumours and opinions. The writing is good but the reporting is poor. That’s why too many journalists are killed. They concentrate on rumours and melodramatic revelations and derogatory information about people. And their facts are often wrong.”
I hate to say it but some of the Philippine journalists who supported their winning candidate have developed some kind of “rock star syndrome” themselves. Rock star syndrome is a mental illness in which the following symptom may be observed: when the patient starts to think that they are amazing when in reality they suck. This disease causes the person to be extremely cocky and full of themselves and can prevent a person from hearing their flaws, thus preventing them from getting any better at their job. If rock star syndrome is left untreated it may become permanent and the person will not accept advice or constructive criticism about their work.
Unfortunately, PNoy might already be suffering from the rock star syndrome.