MANILA, Philippines- He’s back on his angry self again.
Pres. Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday minced no words telling that too much “negativism” in the media continue to divide the nation.
“…Tila kadalasan ay nakakalimutan, lalo na ‘pag nagbabasa tayo ng mga dyaryo at nakikinig ng radyo, nanonood ng TV, talagang… Siguro ganoon ho talaga ang kalakaran na patuloy pa rin ‘yung tinatawag na negativism sense. ‘Pag hindi tayo naghanap ng o hindi tayo gumawa ng kontrobersya o isyu ay parang boring ‘yung ating media,” a visibly exasperated president told members of the media during his opening statement on the 27th Annual Bulong Pulungan Christmas Party at Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Pasay city.
“Ang problema ho doon, nakakalimutan naman natin ‘yung mga tao na talaga namang may ginawa para ibsan ang kahirapan o pagdadalamhati ng ating mga kababayan,” he added.
Taking advantage of the occasion, Aquino expressed thanks to the “frontliners” in the government lead by the Armed Forces of the Philippines who according to him delivered necessary support during the Zamboanga siege, Bohol earthquake and the recent typhoon Yolanda in central Philippines.
Going back to his critics, Aquino said that his administration has people who “take care” of the country and not only in the airconditioned rooms.
“Napakaraming mga mas magagaling sa inyong nagki-criticize—almusal, tanghalian, hapunan, kung minsan pati midnight snack kini-criticize na…., Aquino added.
Meanwhile Aquino highlighted the help coming from various volunteers and international donors particularly the Filipino communities abroad, like that of the 750,000 Filipinos in Canada who have pushed for a relief assistance for the Yolanda victims.
Aquino then reiterated that he remained unaffected by his approval ratings –whether it goes up or down.
“ You know, at the end of the day, the only criteria I have is: Did I do right? And sometimes the right decision may be unpopular. Sometimes, ‘di ba, parang conversely the wrong decision is immensely popular.”
“But I really have to stick with doing what I believe is right. So our people, I believe, are fair judges and they will… They have been a constant source of support all throughout when we had nothing and I guess they will all… I expect that the numbers will rebound, in case they do go down, but that is not the important thing.”
“The important thing is:Will our people see me as doing that which is right? And that is what is important to me,” said Aquino.
Aquino also took the occasion to expressed his Christmas message, saying all he wants for this year’s most important holiday is “peace.”
“Sana matapos na iyong libro ng problema natin itong taon na ito. At, ‘yun nga, next year, ‘di ba, parang especially the start of the New Year, one says there are so many opportunities that are coming, and I really hope that our people maintain the optimism in the current and the ‘can do’ attitude that is already being nurtured at this point time.”
“ So the wish really centers on, hopefully, there are no more challenges of this magnitude this year,” added Aquino.