Philippine President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III needs to get a few tips from President Hosni Mubarak on how to shut down the Internet. Lately he’s been feeling “exasperated” by all the unfair treatment he’s been getting from the Philippine Media — you know, the one that his mommy set free back in 1986…
Poor little rich boy. He’s a frustrated humble-man-wannabe with a taste for Porsches and armoured Lexi (plural for Lexus). That kind of bag of mixed confused messages must surely be the bane of any practitioner of the communication arts. Indeed Noynoy’s chief mouthpiece is certainly earning the measly Malacanang salary he is being paid. As if his tongue-twister of a title weren’t enough of a mouthful, Presidential Communications Operations Office head Herminio Coloma Jr seems doomed to stammer through hundreds of apologies, excuses, and rationales on behalf of the Prayerful One everyday for the next six years.
The Lexus thing alone is already taxing Coloma’s research faculties, having invoked (1) the merits of leasing versus buying, (2) its superior “security features”, and (3) the effects of 2009 typhoon Ondoy on the Presidential vehicles used by former President Gloria Arroyo, ALL for the purpose of explaining his boss’s widely noted use of that fine automobile in which he was spotted “driving to an official function”.
What’s up with all the dabog over the Media’s “misguided” focus anyway, Chief? Don’t cry, Mr President. Your official campaign newsletter (tongue-in-cheek remark, bossing, so don’t sick your lawyers on me) recently crowned you Filipino of the Year pa naman.
Noynoy has, in fact, offered prayers that God might grant him sufficient “fortitude” to deal with it. I did conclude earlier though that perhaps it isn’t sufficient fortitude that the President needs but the right attitude. I came to that conclusion in light of his use of the term “kabuwisitan” (“pain-in-the-ass” in the Commonwealth vernacular), to describe his many challenges.
One thing’s for sure. Whether they are “challenges” or “kabuwisitan“, Noynoy has only one option if he is to be President of the Filipino people for the next SIX YEARS, and that is to deal with it. With the Almighty himself on his side, I don’t think that’s really asking much, don’t you think so sir?