MANILA, Philippines - To one of his most vocal critics, President Aquino is the “most amateur, stubborn, laid back, lazy, immature, and least knowledgeable president we ever had.”
Zambales Rep. Mitos Magsaysay, an ally of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, said Aquino's lethargic work ethic hampers the management of this government.
“PNoy is the most amateur, stubborn, laid back, lazy, immature, and least knowledgeable president we ever had. Because he is too laid back and not knowledgeable on most issues, it greatly affects the policy direction and decision making process of the government," Magsaysay said in an interview.
She also noted that Aquino "can't discern from what should be done and what shouldn’t be done."
"Since he is not a result-oriented person, he doesn’t push his Cabinet to excel and is contented with a mediocre performance. Being immature is a stumbling block as he can't rise above constructive criticisms to challenge him to do better," he said.
For his part, House Minority Leader Edcel Lagman questioned Aquino’s devotion to his job as chief executive and compared him to his predecessor.
“I think it's obvious that after 10 months in office, there is so much wanting in the performance of the president. I think the devotion to work is not one of credentials to the office. We have presidents who are hands-on. We have presidents who participated actively if not formulated the medium-term development plans. But in the case of the president, until now the Philippine development plan has not been presented to the Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC)," he said.
He added: "In the previous administration the president herself formulated the development plan."
Last week, Aquino defended himself from accusations that he does not work hard.
In a speech at the 32nd National Conference of Employers, the President said: "I would like to start out with a comment I read in one of today’s columns. Actually there were two columns, both of them critical. And they said I don’t work hard enough. For their information, this is my third engagement of the day. I started out rising at 5:30 in the morning not because I have to plant some fields. But because I have to board the plane by 6:30 to go to two wakes, one in Cebu, one in Samar to attend the wakes of two of our partymates, one killed by assassination and the other due to health concern."
The President trumpeted his administration's achievements to boost the local economy. “We have been burning the midnight oil trying to create an environment where business can thrive, and we have so far been successful,” he said.
He said many companies have decided to invest in the Philippines thereby creating thousands of jobs.
He cited as example Atlantic, Gulf & Pacific, which is investing $10 billion worth of potential contracts to different local companies in the next 7 years. The Coca-Cola Company is also investing $1 billion for its local market, he said.
Other companies offering job opportunities are Panay Energy Development Corporation and General Electric, the latter of whom promised 5,000 new jobs in 3-5 years.
'Nothing to show'
Minority lawmakers on Tuesday said that after 10 months in office, Aquino has nothing to show for his governance.
In a joint statement read by Davao Rep. Marc Cagas, the minority said, “Our elation at Congressman Pacquiao’s triumph is tempered, however, by what we see on the ground: the slow, sorry and sordid state of affairs engulfing our country. Our nation is adrift without any sense of direction, and the leadership which should be at the helm is nowhere on board.“
The minority again questioned Aquino’s work ethic, which they think shows his insensitivity to the people. “The laid-back and complacent attitude with which the President attends to his immense duties betrays his lack of concern for the people he has sworn to serve.“
They also noted the declining economy under Aquino, as evidenced by slower foreign investments in the country. “Three hundred days, or ten months into office, and he still has nothing to show in terms of any coherent agenda to improve the nation and the economy. Already, our neighbors and prospective and current investors are losing confidence in our economy’s ability to grow, as shown by the very alarming 70% drop in foreign direct investments into our country early this year. “
The minority notes that the government is spending little on economic pump priming, affecting the development of infrastructure in the country.
They also noted that so far, nothing has happened to the highly touted Public-Private-Partnership, or PPP, program that was envisioned to spur infrastructure development in the country. They also pointed out that the LEDAC has only been convened once since Aquino became President.