In his September 28 Philippine Star column, former Senator Ernesto M. Maceda cites four mistakes that he claims members of the Aquino cabinet committed within 24 hours, claiming that “signs of incompetence are piling up”. He also warns that there are hard times ahead for the country.
With regard to the President’s recent US visit, he questions the move to hire a PR firm, saying:
President Aquino confirmed that a US PR firm has been hired to help him on his US visit. He didn’t give the cost but admitted it was “kind of huge”. In an effort to justify the expense, he said the PR firm helped get the $434 million from the Millennium Development Fund. It was also claimed that the PR firm helped get the New York Times and Wall Street Journal interviews. Based on my experience as Ambassador, you don’t need a PR firm to get those interviews. The Philippine Mission to the UN can easily arrange that. And definitely, the $434 million MDF grant was due to compliance with so many requirements accomplished earlier. The US PR firm has nothing to do with that.