MANILA, Philippines - A political analyst has given President Benigno Aquino III an overall passing grade for his first 100 days in Malacañang.
Using UP's grading scale of 1 to 5 (1 is highest), UP National College of Public Administration and Governance Prof. Prospero de Vera, said during an interview on ABS-CBN's "Umagang Kay Ganda" that he is giving President Arroyo a 1.8 overall grade for his performance during the first 100 days.
De Vera said he gave President Aquino the highest grade of 1 for earning an 85% trust rating, which, the analyst said, is the highest that a President has garnered, even higher than former President Corazon Aquino.
He gave Aquino another 1 for his United States visit, where investment deals that would create thousands of jobs for Filipinos were concluded.
De Vera, meanwhile, gave Aquino the lowest grade of 5 for the botched negotiations during the August 23 Manila hostage crisis, which ended in a bloodbath with 8 Hong Kong tourists killed.
He gave the President a grade of 2 for his choices of Cabinet members.
"Siguro dos sa pagpili ng Gabinete. May magaling gaya nina De Lima, Ochoa, Butch Abad, pero mayroon din masama ang reputasyon," the UP professor said.
The President also received a fair grade of 1.75 for his steps to clean the government-owned and -controlled corporations and for abolishing the Presidential Anti-Smuggling Group (PASG) and the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission.
De Vera, meanwhile, gave President Aquino "incomplete" for failure to lay down the details of government programs and policies during the first 100 days.
He cited as an example the late laying down of details of the Department of Education's K+12 program, which proposes to add 2 more years in the high school level.
He also gave the President an incomplete grade for failure to immediately act upon the report of the Incident Investigation and Review Committee (IIRC) on the Manila hostage crisis.
The professor gave the President another incomplete grade for his fight against corruption.
De Vera, meanwhile, explained that President Aquino and other presidents of the country should not be judged based on their performance during the first 100 days.
He said the concept of rating a president's performance during the first 100 days is just a concept adapted by the Philippine from the United States.
For him, he said, the first 100 days should just be treated as the "reckoning period of the transition" from the old to the new administration.
PNoy, consultative by nature
Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said that President Aquino is using all the criticisms and negative reactions to be able to perfect the programs that he is planning to implement for the next 5 years.
"Ang Pangulo kasi is a consultative person by nature. Very objective po iyan. Hindi po siya namimili. Hindi po niya sinasala kung negative or positive, basta lahat ng opiniyon nakakatulong naman po," Valte said.
Valte, meanwhile, said that critics of the President should give him more time to prove his worth.