Will prayer reconcile PNoy, religious leaders?

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 17 2014 05:15 PM | Updated as of Jan 18 2014 01:15 AM

MANILA - Will President Aquino reconcile with his critics during the National Day of Prayer of Solidarity on Monday?

According to Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte, the President is still standing by his New Year's resolution that he will pay no attention to baseless criticisms.

"The President's New Year's resolution still holds… Parang ibang venue naman po, ibang event or at least iba po 'yung thrust as explained by Secretary (Sonny) Coloma of the activity on Monday," Valte said.

The President earlier told high school students from Miriam College at Malacañang that he will ignore those who keep attacking his administration.

"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.

Aquino cited the calls for Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla to resign after he failed to deliver on a promise to bring back electricity to all towns affected by typhoon “Yolanda.”

He also vowed to give less pressure to his Cabinet members, saying he felt guilty when he started calling up some Cabinet members on January 1 for work-related matters.