Why Palace should listen to criticisms

by Kathlyn dela Cruz, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Dec 27 2013 10:53 PM | Updated as of Dec 28 2013 08:01 AM

MANILA -- A political analyst believes the Palace should not easily dismiss negative issues being hurled against the Aquino administration but address these head-on.

Speaking to radio dzMM on Friday, political analyst and University of Santo Tomas professor Edmund Tayao said that while it is understandable that Malacañang would opt to focus on positive issues, it should also not forget to face criticisms.

"Sana nasasagot ng maayos... Hindi yung kumbaga papagalitan mo pa yung nagtatanong sa iyo. Para mas nakikita ng tao na may ginagawa talaga ang gobyerno," he said, adding that the Aquino administration should stop blaming media for "bad news."

"Bakit mo sisisihin yung media eh yung media nagre-report lang ng kung anong nangyayari," he said.

Tayao's statement came amid the slight increase in the number of people dissatisfied with the administration of President Benigno Aquino III.

According to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, which was conducted last December 11 to 16, people dissatisfied with Aquino increased from 19% in September to 21% in December.

Tayao said this can be attributed to the supposed slow response of the government to super typhoon "Yolanda" as well as the political bickering between Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas and Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez in the aftermath of the disaster.

"Siguro reaction ito ng mga tao sa mga nababasa o nakikitang reports sa media na delay [sa response] at siguro kasama na rin dun yung away ng national at local government sa pag-ayuda sa mga nasalanta," he said.

With less than three years left in office, Aquino still has time to prove that he is capable of pushing for long-term reforms in the country, Tayao said.

"Meron pang panahon para makita natin talaga ang gustong mangyari ng Presidente lalo na sa long-term reforms," he said.

He said these reforms should include the passage of the Political Party Reform Act and the Freedom of Information Bill, as well as amendments to the Local Government Code.

"Importanteng batas yan (FOI) para makita talaga kung seryoso ang gobyerno sa pagpapakita sa publiko na lehitimo lahat, kumbaga meron tayong transparency," he said.

Pertaining to the amendments to the Local Government Code, Tayao said: "Maraming magagawa ang local government kung hindi lang sana kulang ng suporta sa national government."