Analyst tells PNoy: Listen to your 'boss'
MANILA - A political analyst on Wednesday took exception to President Aquino's statement that he will ignore his critics as part of his New Year's resolution.
In an interview on ABS-CBN's "Umagang Kay Ganda", Publicus Asia founder and general manager Malou Tiquia said the President should not shut out his critics especially after saying that the entire Filipino people is his "boss."
"Ang mga kritiko kasi at komentarista bahagi yan ng ingay ng demokrasya. Tama o mali, negatibo o positibo, kasama yan sa kagustuhan natin maging successful siya dahil last 2 minutes na nga at kagustuhan nating maiayos ang lahat ng dapat iayos," she said.
Tiquia said she was saddened by Aquino's statement since critics form part of the country's democratic process. She said she is worried that Aquino would only receive positive feedback from his Cabinet.
She also said that as President, Aquino would always be the target of criticism from people who want things to improve.
"Sabi nga niya may cottage industry daw, e di sana marami nang mayayaman na kritiko. Pero ang gusto lang natin umunlad ang bayan at makamit niya ang dapat niyang makamit sa susunod na taon. Kung puna ka ng puna hindi dahil ayaw mo yung personalidad pero sa kagustuhan mo na tumakbo ng maayos," she said.
For his part, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma said Aquino merely pointed out that he wants to focus on his work in his remaining 2-and-a-half years in office.
He said the President likened his remaining two years in office as the last two minutes to a basketball game.
"Sinabi niya ay parang last 2 minutes na tayo ng basketball game kaya nandiyan po yung matingkad na sense of urgency ng ating Pangulo at ng ating Gabinete dahil napakarami pang programa na nais at dapat ipatupad at maikli na ang panahon kung tutuusin," he said.
Coloma said he does not believe that Aquino is completely ignoring his critics since the President regularly reads major dailies.
He said that instead of responding to the criticism, the President takes action on what needs to be corrected.