MANILA -- Malacañang said that while President Benigno Aquino III has expressed his New Year's vow to ignore critics, the President is still open to "constructive criticisms" which will help the administration promote "good governance."
"There are criticisms which are very constructive and which can be a source of encouragement for us. Not all criticisms are bad but there are some...whose we feel have not contributed to the national discourse," said Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda.
In a forum with Grade 11 students from Miriam College High School on Tuesday, Aquino said devoting time to critics, whom he described as "hopeless," distracts him from focusing on the job at hand.
"We have a cottage industry already of people who make a living criticizing me. And it [distracts me] from solving the problems of this country if I have to attend to them... Walang makitang maganda sa sasabihin mo," Aquino said.
Meanwhile, Lacierda said that while Aquino also vowed to give less pressure to his Cabinet members, the secretaries are still expected to maintain a high level of governance.
The President earlier said he felt guilty when he started calling up some Cabinet members on January 1 for work-related matters.
"When the President was saying he will put less pressure to us, I think the Cabinet secretaries have already risen to that level of governance. Even if he puts us less pressure, the Cabinet secretaries would still maintain a high level of governance because of the way the President has been interacting with the official family," Lacierda said.