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Friday, March 21, 2014

Price of PNoy’s Incompetence

INSIGHTS
By RICK RAMOS
The Manila Times
Sen. Sergio Osmena III
Sen. Sergio Osmena III
Senator Sergio Osmeña III has finally confirmed what myriad of Filipinos—and even foreigners—have known over the past three years (2011-2013): the lack or absence of competence of Benigno S. Aquino 3rd as President of the Republic of the Philippines!
The revelation of Senator Serge Osmeña last Thursday, March 13, 2014, has become the talk of the town after his press conference was broadcast on radio and television in real time and published in the national newspapers next day. What made the disclosure very credible is Senator Osmeña’s being a “key political ally” and a campaign strategist of President B. S Aquino III in the 2010 presidential elections.
Actually, President Aquino had already demonstrated his “sterling” incompetence on his second month in office after his inauguration on June 30, 2010. This was in the infamous Hostage Incident at Luneta (Rizal Park) on August 23, 2010 when tourists from Hong Kong were unfortunately killed by a gunman, a desperate former policeman, because of the miserable mishandling of the crisis situation – as if this country had no president.
In a parliamentary system, PNoy would not have lasted long as prime minister where he could be replaced by his own party or by the ruling coalition in matter of months.
But then in the first place, the likes of Benigno S. Aquino 3rd would never be chosen as prime minister by his peers, the members of parliament (MPs) due to his lack of qualifications.
The pathetic performance of Mr. Aquino on the Hostage Incident clearly showed that incompetence can inflict more harm or damage to a country and its people than the much-despised corruption under the administrations of former presidents Joseph “ERAP” Estrada and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
The revelation of Senator Serge Osmeña that President Aquino is “a very poor manager” is certainly most welcome. The chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy also described PNoy and Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla as “awful managers,” saying that “we would not be having this of problems (power outages and price hike) if they were good managers.” It seems like he has had enough of the two former college classmates.
Last February 27, Mindanao suffered at least 12 hours of power outage (blackout). Malacañang had announced the power crisis in Mindanao would last this summer from March to May (at the very least). Earlier, the power shortage in Luzon started on Nov. 11, 2013, but the Department of Energy (DoE) had apparently no plans to address it.
Senator Serge Osmeña III revealed that he had asked President Aquino to fire his Energy Secretary (Petilla) two months ago in January 2014. However, the Chief Executive did not let go of his dear friend and former classmate at the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU). And yet the worse is yet to come “with the way he (P-Noy) solves things,” as Senator Osmeña disclosed. “He would stay with the people he appointed.” The response of P-Noy to the demand of the Senate Chairman of Energy to fire his Energy Secretary is most revealing and damaging, too. President Aquino called for a meeting with the senior Senator Osmeña to placate him, only for him not to show up for their appointment! This is the height of immaturity and says a lot about the puerile president. Indeed, there is a child-president in Malacañang!
Other than the lack or absence of competence, the biggest problem of PNoy, which he has displayed in the past three years and eight months, is his unbearable arrogance. He is so proud that he will never admit having made a mistake since he became the president.
President Aquino appears to have inherited the genes of his late mother’s own brand of arrogance. This was best reflected in her attitude of not welcoming “unsolicited advice,” as if she were not the President of the Philippines.
Senator Serge Osmeña has suggested that it would do good for PNoy to admit his mistakes for the good of the country. “When you are willing to accept that you made a mistake it’s easier to correct it. I am not saying that the corrections will be ideal, but first, you accept that you made a mistake. Then ‘yes, we will make correction.’ ”
Senator Osmeña has done our people a great service with his revelation of how President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd is running the country. I am glad that he has finally spoken about the way PNoy does things as President.
After the Department of Energy (DoE), perhaps the good senator from Cebu can also expose and confirm the despicable incompetence of the top officials of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) and the Department of Public Works & Highways (DPWH) that he personally knows of first hand. Senator Serge Osmeña knows a lot!

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