Noynoy prefers Times St. home
By Delon Porcalla
The Philippine Star
MANILA, Philippines – He’d rather live in his home sweet home.
If elected president, Liberal Party standard-bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III would rather stay in their family home at 25 Times Street in Quezon City than in Malacañang.
“That is one way of keeping my feet firmly on the ground. I prefer staying home at Times St. I think you know the bad vibes Malacañang has, from the time of President Marcos up to President Arroyo,” he said.
Aquino said this is the common sentiment among the Aquino siblings, who were presidential children during the regime of their mother, former president Corazon “Cory” Aquino, from 1986 to 1992.
“In fact, nobody among us siblings would want to go back there (Malacañang),” Aquino said.
The only son of the late senator and national hero Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. faces criticisms about his supposed lack of knowledge and experience in governance.
President Cory herself, who went from being a housewife to president after the 1986 people power revolution, was also criticized for lack of political experience.
But Noynoy pointed put that under his mother’s regime, the country’s gross domestic product improved significantly.
“In spite of coups, how many years was the GDP positive? This is in spite of what they say that Cory does not know anything,” he said.
“Oo nga, walang alam – walang alam magnakaw, walang alam sa pandaraya, walang alam sa pang-aapi (Yes, she doesn’t know how to steal, doesn’t know how to cheat, doesn’t know how to oppress people),” Aquino said.
Compared to his mother, he said he has more experience in politics, having served as Tarlac congressman for nine years before he was elected senator in 2007.
“Siguro naman ho, mas may experience naman tayo pagdating sa pagpatakbo ng gobyerno (I think I have more experience in governance),” he said. “I have always opted for the interest of the greater number even if it caused me harm. I have always opted to choose the path for the greater benefit of my countrymen who I swore to serve.”
Aquino is also criticized for his supposed lack of political skill and getting only a few measures passed into law.
“If I wanted to have statistics, I can have many bills filed in my name, that would be easy. But how does that help anyone in Tarlac or the country?” Aquino said.
“Hindi ako nagbubuhat ng sariling bangko at iyan siguro ang kasalanan ko sa buhay (I don’t trumpet my achievements and that perhaps is one of my mistakes). My main thrust is to make the system work. I am very conscious about making something work. Nangako ako maglilingkod. Kailangan ba purihin ako kaliwa’t kanan (I promised to serve. Do I have to be praised constantly)?” he said.