On Noynoy is repeating his mother's mistake

Torn and Frayed in Manila wrote an interesting piece, “Noynoy is repeating his mother’s mistake.”

A house divided against itself cannot stand
It’s early days and Noynoy, who has very little management experience to my knowledge, is presumably learning from these bruising battles. Let’s hope so because the country needs the son to be a better team leader than his mother was.

He has to be tougher than her, to squash the squabbling between his associates, and to be ruthless when needed. Unlike Cory, who, in the words of Joel Rocamora, “allowed her brother to sabotage the reform process by recruiting KBL and other unsavory trapo (traditional politician) types” into the ruling party, Noynoy has to end the perceptions of cronyism that the recent headlines about Puno have generated. If not, he will spend the next 6 years looking inward instead of focusing on the many problems and opportunities he was elected to address.

Three things:

1. It is almost universally accepted that Aquino is sincere in his promise— 70 percent trust rating and an electoral mandate better than Erap Estrada has it going for him.

2. There have been numerous quiet success stories in the past 100 days. PAGASA is just one of many. The organs of the government are working, where only a year ago during Ondoy, was one freaking mess. So things are moving along, sometimes too slow— but you have this sense that somethings are changing. So, so far, the nation is improving.

3. The IIRC report really is a sore thumb. It is obvious to anyone who reads it— that heavy charges needed to be filed against Alfredo Lim and other officers of the government. The IIRC report glaringly was mute with regard to Puno— yet there are reasonable questions that persist. As the President’s appointed representative to the hostage taking crisis, why didn’t he

a) advice the president to take it to the national level,

b) why didn’t he ensure that the President’s order was not carried out?

The sore thumb really isn’t that one thinks Lim or Puno are innocent. The sore thumb really is that they should have been charged and let the courts decide on the merit of the case. Let them defend themselves in court as they have the right to do so, and we the people— and the dead have a right to justice. Hence, the perception of a whitewash or favoritism because a) it took so long to come out with the report and b) there seem to be universal disgust with Puno’s government service.

It is the President’s prerogative to appoint his officers. The argument that he shouldn’t appoint his friends, is a gray area, at best. We appoint our friends and allies to positions of power because it is the natural human thing. That doesn’t mean that it isn’t the wisest course of action. That doesn’t mean that we glaringly turn our back on incompetence. That doesn’t mean that we do not look into the capability of the candidate if he or she is the right one for the job.

The President should either remove Puno from the DILG or bring him somewhere else— Presidential adviser on something because it is quite obvious he wasn’t up to the task.

Alfredo Lim ought to be charged properly in court for his role in the botched hostage taking. What’s certain too is that his brand of leadership is at an end. He ought to be given the right to defend himself in court.

The lackluster charges filed against Lim, and other officials of the government gives the people the license to doubt and be disappointed, which is such waste for a man of his many years in government service. Mister President, it is such a waste of political capital to be defending Lim and Puno, et.al., because this nation will need your political capital to fight the more important battles— fiscal situation, reproductive health, freedom of information, corruption and many more.

So far the nation is improving and given the state of the nation, those results do matter. Just the lives saved during Juan’s visit is an achievement worth remembering and worth building upon, but there is creeping doubt and disappointment is on the prowl.

(Photo by: Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau) via gov.ph

Cocoy Dayao

Cocoy is the Chief Technology Officer of Lab Rats Technica, a Digital Consulting company that specialises in DevOps, iOS, and Web Apps, E-Commerce sites, Cybersecurity and Social Media consulting. He is a technology enthusiast, political junkie and social observer who enjoys a good cup of coffee, comic books, and tweets as @cocoy on twitter.

Cocoy is also the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of the ProPinoy Project.

Cocoy considers himself to be Liberal.

  • UP nn grad ,

    Noynoy Aquino is not a regular CEO of a corporation. He is a special Pilipinas CEO, and not to forget his specialness is bestowed upon him because he is son of Cory. Plus this detail — No matter the performance, contract says 6-years term (extensible should Noynoy do a Marcos via Threat-To-The-Republic or some subterfuge). And can be shortened should a military or police-person do a Trillanes-but-better (namely the “Oakwood” is received by a disgruntled populace and a surge-of-the-gates succeeds).

    • Bert ,

      I agree, rego.

      • rego ,

        Well bert sometimes the word “accomplishments” comes with an adjectivem example, effective accomplishments, good accomplishments, a truly benificial accomplishments , a really mediocre accomplishments.. etc etc

        • Bert ,

          “Where is the plan?”-benignO

          If benignO can ask that question direct to Malacanang instead of asking it here in Propinoy then I’m sure he will get the answer direct to him.

          But there are accomplishments by the new administration based from its promised plan of actions, and that some of the accomplishments were enumerated already by Cocoy and still benignO’s brilliance failed to grasp. I’m giving benignO more time to use his brilliant mind, I’m sure he’ll finally get it.

          • benign0 ,


            pleeez show us your brilliant master plan. I know you can’t wait to flash your brilliance.

            I thought you’d never ask, Mr Buencamino. You can find all the resources you need (methodologies, samples, etc.) to create a plan that almost equals in quality the ones I had in mind by clicking on the following link:

            Platform, plez

            Furthermore, as you yourself had since acknowledged, my rare brilliance shines through in this section of my site fully dedicated to The Solution.

            Having said all that, I must say, it is your man Noynoy and not me who went up on stage and pitched himself to Da Pinoy public as their “hope” for a brighter future.

            Which brings us back to this unanswered question:

            Where is the plan?

            If Noynoy were a CEO in a major corporation, he’d be on the street by now looking for another job. Then again, this is the Philippines we are talking about — where leaders merely reflect the character of the people who voted for them.

            – 😀

            • manuelbuencamino ,


              pleeez show us your brilliant master plan. I know you can’t wait to flash your brilliance.

              • benign0 ,

                Simple question that still remains unanswered:

                Where is the plan?

                It’s simple, really™ 😀

                • Joe America ,

                  There is nothing wrong with a desire for perfection, or an urging toward perfection. What is dismaying is when intelligent people (with an agenda) fail to acknowledge strides made toward improvement in favor of the always winnable argument “but it’s not perfect”. Reach for an all-in grasp of the Philippines today, versus a year ago, and one starts to walk a little taller, a little prouder, a little more confident. Long way to go. Still some lumps in the porridge. But nice work here and there, done for the PUBLIC GOOD, often working against the current of deep-set cultural blockage, big egos and the trade of favors.

                  • GabbyD ,

                    “. But that’s like citing the awesomeness of ordinary people doing things like returning bags of money found in taxi cabs to their rightful owners — you know, things that are ordinarily done well in truly excellent societies.”

                    really? this is patently not true.

                    • benign0 ,

                      @ Cocoy, indeed, there was “awesome” work going on at PAGASA. But that’s like citing the awesomeness of ordinary people doing things like returning bags of money found in taxi cabs to their rightful owners — you know, things that are ordinarily done well in truly excellent societies.

                      But more to the point is the GAP between the promises and the delivery. If you are familiar with most forms of product development lifecycles, you make the pitch to the bean counters for funding for your brilliant concept then when you get said funds, you make a delivery/execution/implementation plan to demonstrate the JOURNEY you will take the organisation to realising said brilliant idea. That plan includes an AS-IS state and a TO-BE state. The AS-IS state describes the organisation at the start of the implementation and the TO-BE state describes what you envision the organisation to look like after your PLAN is successfully executed.

                      The question remains, as before Cocoy:

                      Where is that plan?

                      Any seasoned executive worth his salt would know what I am talking about.

                      You of all people would benefit a lot from this question being answered CATEGORICALLY by the current government. Isn’t the mission of ProPinoy to monitor the administration of Noynoy? How do you plan to do that when all you have is some guess work and a perenial scrounging around for “achievements” to report? That’s not a very SCIENTIFIC approach now, is it?

                      I’m not saying that Noynoy is the only president without a vision. Filipinos not having a vision, after all, is a pretty widely-accepted REALITY about our character as a people. But then we are here to push REFORM towards the right direction, aren’t we? And that effort includes pushing ourselves towards directions that we have never gone down before (or haven’t gone down for some time) — such as regarding our FUTURE with greater CLARITY.

                      If Noynoy cannot even set an example and SHOW HIS PEOPLE HOW *THAT* IS DONE, then who will? Last I heard he SIGNED UP to be the leader of the Filipino people. So guess what, that is EXACTLY what he should be doing: LEADING.

                      • UP nn grad ,

                        Hah,hah,hah, cocoy. You really should learn from another Cocoy who alluded to the importance of Malacanang leadership and gumption regarding new laws. This other Cocoy has written the nation’s need for Noynoy “….to fight the more important battles— reproductive health, freedom of information…”

                        • mario taporco ,


                          What’s up!

                          cocoy has something going on here, not that I am taking sides on his literacy. Lemme just put a short pointer here. Being abroad in the USofA, I have seen and heard both positives and negatives about our President Aquino. But, to target PNoy for certain ill decision(s) is quite unruly. His Administrations and his Cabinets for that matter, are also making a wise and logical decision for our people, correct; let us hope so.

                          But PNoy has established himself as a President of The Philippines, with concerns for our Nation. To me that is an improvement, may not be much. We do have 6 more years to go. We’ll see…, 

                          • UP nn grad ,

                            One of Noynoy’s accomplishments: consistency. In his first so many days, he has has not pushed for any laws which is consistent with his campaign utterance that he believes that Pilipinas already has enough laws.

                            • Cocoy ,

                              @Up n Grad,

                              umm. There’s this thing called, the three branches of government? I don’t know if you’ve heard of that? One writes the laws. One Implements the laws. And one interprets the laws.

                              Guess what? Aquino leads that part where they implement the laws, you know “Executive Department.”

                              I’d hit him on other issues like the IIRC.

                            • UP nn grad ,

                              A muckraker has been writing on the goings-on inside Malacanang, and among his reports is this:

                              Perhaps Aquino doesn’t know this, but those close to him are running circles around him. Unimpeachable sources in Malacañang told me about a high Palace official who allegedly charges P5 million from prospective appointees for the position of undersecretary and P3 million for assistant secretary. The money is coursed through his close aides.

                              Another Malacañang official was allegedly confronted by one of the President’s sisters after she learned that the official was demanding P1 million from applicants for the government’s prosecution service.

                              Many Cabinet members are complaining that they are not consulted on new appointments in their departments; new appointees are forced down their throats.

                              New appointees who don’t pay for their positions are either fraternity brothers of two top Palace officials or classmates of the President.

                              * * *

                              Incidentally, former Sen. Ernesto Maceda’s allegation of drinking sprees that last until the wee hours is true, according to my little birdies in the Palace.

                              One of Aquino’s Cabinet members, who is also a close friend, is an alcoholic, said the little birdies. Most of the time, this official is drunk or reeking of liquor during office hours, according to my sources. The same official is seen in public places very drunk, which is unbecoming of his stature.

                              The bacchanalian feast in the Palace is reminiscent of the time of President Erap when he and his cronies consumed bottles of expensive wines until the wee hours. If the drinking spree doesn’t take place in Malacañang, it’s held in a building on Edsa where a whole floor has been loaned by the owner to the Palace official.

                              In that building, women of ill repute entertain the Palace official and his buddies who play high-stakes gambling while drinking expensive wines and liquors.

                              If you think that alcoholism, lechery and graft were gone with Erap and Gloria, you have another think coming.

                              * * *

                              Two officials close to Aquino allegedly contributed P200 million each for the President’s campaign expenses, according to very reliable sources.

                              These officials are now trying to get back their investments by committing graft, said Ramon Tulfo’s sources.

                              On Target : Alcoholism, lechery and graft

                              By Ramon Tulfo
                              Philippine Daily Inquirer 10/09/2010

                              • UP nn grad ,

                                Noynoy protecting his BFF-Puno is “pareho-pa-rin”; Malacanang using the privilege of executive privilege to get in the way of the recommendations of the Justice Secretary panel and to quash further investigations of a crony.

                                But there are accomplishments. Noynoy’s pardon of Trillanes means that Trillanes can join the halls of Pilipinas Senate and add to his list of bills that he, through negotiations and work with other members of Congress, had turned into laws.

                                • GabbyD ,

                                  B0’s comment is funny. it seems that he’d rather eat crap than cough up anything constructive.

                                  • benign0 ,

                                    There have been numerous quiet success stories in the past 100 days. PAGASA is just one of many. The organs of the government are working, where only a year ago during Ondoy, was one freaking mess. So things are moving along, sometimes too slow— but you have this sense that somethings are changing. So, so far, the nation is improving.

                                    @ Cocoy, the above (what looks like a struggle to come up with concrete achievements over the last 100 days) is a far cry from the world promised to the voter during the campaign period. Either (1) those promises should not have been made in the sensationally colourful manner that they were or (2) more achievements should have been coughed up by Noynoy over those 100 days to match those promises.

                                    Either way, the GAP between the promise and the delivery is VAST, though I’m pretty sure the lesson there will, as usual, be lost in the equally vast void that is Da Pinoy collective mind. 😉

                                    • Cocoy ,


                                      I kinda didn’t want to be spoon feed the audience, and take them step by step. 😉 I don’t want to insult their intelligence because i’m sure they’ve read it here or seen it elsewhere. So it was important to mention it, and they’d know it already. I can cite of course things like— the awesome job of PAGASA, the relief effort— all because of the ground work down during the 100 days in office. Things are being setup at DOST. Then there is getting that MCC grant. Then there are things they’re doing with regard to the General Appropriations Act. There’s also the issue of K-12 education— which is an explosive one. that issue of— the fiscal situation. There are other stories like that. Of course there are numerous instances of faux pas. One sore thumb, I’ve already mentioned in the post, which is the center of attention— is IIRC.