PNoy not to blame for oil price hikes: analyst

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Posted at Apr 02 2012 10:02 PM | Updated as of Apr 04 2012 01:24 AM

MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino should not be blamed for oil price increases and resulting difficulties being felt by the public, a political analyst said Monday.

Oil prices hikes are caused by circumstances beyond the president's control such as unrest in the Middle East, according to Dr. Clarita Carlos, a professor at the University of the Philippines in Diliman and president of the Center for Asia Pacific Studies Inc.

"Ang mga factors kase na dahil tumataas ang gasolina, at itong sunod-sunod nito, ay wala naman sa control ng Pangulo o maski sino. Ayan ay nangyayari dahil may threat na lusubin ng Israel ang Iran, kaya nagkakaroon ng mga talagang... tumataas at tumataas ang presyo ng gasolina," she explained.

"So yung mga factors ay wala sa jurisdiction ng Pilipinas. So mali rin siguro na si President Aquino ang gawin mong salarin kung bakit ito nangyayari," Carlos added.

She said the oil price hikes may have been one of the reasons behind the dip in Aquino's satisfaction rating.

"Siguro hindi na nakapagtataka ito, ngayong nakalipas na linggo, sunod-sunod halos araw-araw ay tumataas ang presyo ng gasolina, diesel, LPG, na halos hindi ka makahinga," she said. "Tapos kabi-kabila humihingi ng increase ng salary, ng fare, so talaga lalo na dun sa mga minimum wage earners, sakal na sakal sila, lalo na't naka-freeze ang sweldo nila."

Carlos said this is one of the reasons why the President's approval rating fell among the lower-income class.

She said some people may have become impatient over reforms being implemented by Aquino. "Siguro iba't iba ang publiko, merong publiko na nagsasabi na okay ang kanyang ginawa, at merong iba na parang... nagiging impatient na sila, na ano ba, nagdadalawang taon ka na dyan, eh hindi mo pa nagagawa ang prinomesa mo nung election campaign."

'Tuwid na daan' not easy

Carlos said Aquino's "tuwid na daan" (righteous path) policy to solve poverty is no easy road. "Napakahirap talaga ng kanyang gagawin, ginagawa na nga niya yung Conditional Cash Transfer. Napakalalim nga kase ng problema, at hindi mo talaga bibiglain na ayusin ito."

However, she said the government has made decent gains in the last 2 years. "Kung minamanman mo yung ginagawa nila, makikita mong marami na ring progreso. Wag lang tayo humingi ng napakalaking pagbabago. Maging pasensyoso tayo dahil mahirap din yung biglang kambyo tayo, tapos nagkakamali tayo."

Carlos believes that the President is doing his best for the country.

"Ginagawa na niya yung makakaya niya within the limits of magagawa," she said. "Kasi sunud-sunod din ang disasters, mga bagyo, earthquakes, landslides... halos hindi tayo makabangon. Pagkatapos ng earthquake, floods naman. Sunud-sunod yung threats, Israel threatening Iran because of its nuclear ambitions, and then climate change, yung variability ng climate."

Citizens must help

She said that people should not rely on one person to change their lives.

"Dapat lahat tayo, 100 million of us, should exert the effort to change our lives. Huwag tayong balik nang balik kay PNoy para sa kasagutan, kase ang kasagutan ay nakasalalay sa ating sarili. Wag natin gawing ang gobyerno ang gitna ng ating buhay. So lahat na lang, tuwing merong nangyari sa ating hindi maganda, ay turo agad tayo kay PNoy," Carlos said.

"Kung ako si PNoy... huwag na rin niya ilagay sa gitna ng kanyang buhay. Basta magtrabaho siya to the best of his abilities, tapos bahala na publiko kung merong matutuwa, hindi matutuwa, mabibwisit, hindi mabibwisit," she added.