MANILA, Philippines - Political satirist Mae Paner, popularly known as "Juana Change," is now venting her ire on President Benigno Aquino III’s decision to buy a second-hand Porsche.
In a new YouTube video, the former Aquino presidential campaign activist scoffed at the P4.5 million that Aquino had to shell out to buy the car.
She told students of the University of the Philippines in Diliman that the purchase went against the Aquino family’s image of simplicity.
“Siguro hindi niya ito magagawa kung buhay pa ang kanyang mga magulang. (He might not have done this if his parents were still alive today),” she said.
“Ang boss niya ay nagugutom. Naghihikahos. Naghihirap. Wala akong ilusyon na maghirap din siya. Ngunit inaasahan natin na sya ay makikiramay sa kanyang mga boss sa pamamaraang angkop – ang mamuhay ng simple at maging sensitibo sa kalagayan ng taumbayan. (His bosses are starving, struggling and getting poorer. I have no illusion that he’ll be struggling too. But at the very least we expect him to empathize with his bosses in a way that is appropriate – by living simply and being sensitive to the plight of his people.).”
She was referring to the President’s constant address to the public as his “boss.”
In the video, a student cites Republic Act 6713 or Code of Ethical Standards for Public Officials, which states that public officials should have simple lifestyles.
Juana Change, however, said in a press statement that that she is neither severing ties with nor withdrawing support for the Aquino administration.
She said she wants to use the video to remind Aquino and “the barkada surrounding him” on how he should act as the country’s President.
“Tough love kumbaga!” she said.