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noynoy aquino oath taking – new politics, new governance

the inauguration of the new president, noynoy aquino , his first day in office defines further what the aquino administration is all about. aquino will dispense with the traditional parade and for something new, 100 T volunteers who helped aquino get elected will deliver an “oath to change”.

these are not the only new components of the aquino’s oath taking – a major new component is he will not take his oath from the supreme court chief justice renato corona but instead take his out from upreme Court Associate Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales. corona is the poster boy of gloria macapagal arroyo’s midnight appointment binge while morales is the lone sc justice who gave a dissenting opinion on the SC ruling allowing corona to get arroyo’s midnight appointment.

these othe two changes announced today is a refreshing change and a very welcome one. these changes signal a diferent kind of presidency that the country needs – one that i practical and very much in touch with the reality of the philippines, a country that is facing great challenges economically. we are a country that needs to save as much money as we can given the  economic growth challenges we face, the high deficit he will inherit from arroyo and the high debt.

aside from the money saving aspect, it also sends a signal that this presidency is much less about itself but of the people. the parade’s purpose is to pay tribute to aquino, to celebrate the beginning of his presidency but canceling the parade says it is not that at all, it is about the people selecting a new leader.

the other component  of aquino volunteers administering an “oath to change”  completes that picture.  aquino started on his quest for the presidency from a public clamor to run, launched his campaign on a pro-people, people-supported campaign and won the election on the same basis. the oath by the volunteers tells us the people promising to continually support aquino, saying aquino’s power come from the people and that the change that aquino will bring to the country will be complimented  by change from the people themselves.

all of the above is a stark and refreshing change from the previous arroyo administration where it seemed to have been obsessed on doing thins its way regardless of what the people say, want and don’t want. the arroyo administration has been faulted for being blind, deaf and mute on the needs of the people. it was governing the country in its own terms and for its own benefit, not the people.

it is those reasons that most of  the people cannot wait for arroyo to leave office. their disappointment on the arroyo administration has been expressed time and again on surveys after surveys and in the recent election where  aquino’;s candidate, gilbert teodoro never had a chance at winning  the election, remaining fourth in the surveys till election time.

a change in the presidency.. a change in the people. the change the country needs.

No parade for Aquino on June 30 inaugural
By TJ Burgonio
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:16:00 06/20/2010

TO SAVE ON COSTS, PRESIDENT-ELECT BENIGNO “Noynoy” Aquino III will break tradition and do away with the parade at his June 30 inaugural.

“Since the first regular inauguration in 1935, this is probably the only one without the inaugural parade,” historian Manuel Quezon III told the Inquirer Saturday on the phone. “He (Aquino) wants to save money, and because from his point of view, it’s really unnecessary.”

Aquino will take his oath as the Philippines’ 15th President and deliver his speech at high noon on June 30 at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila, in keeping with pre-martial law tradition.

So far, three Asian leaders—East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak—have confirmed attendance at the inaugural, a foreign affairs official said.

“But we expect a number of foreign ministers and special envoys to attend,” said the official, who asked not to be named for lack of authority to speak for the inaugural committee.

Their attendance “indicates solidarity and friendship” with us, the official said.

Secretary Ricardo Saludo, deputy spokesperson of President Macapagal-Arroyo, agreed, saying: “That’s a vote of confidence.”

Ramos-Horta is a friend of Aquino’s family. He was the only head of state who flew to the country in August 2009 to attend the wake and funeral of Aquino’s mother, former President Corazon Aquino.

Thailand and Malaysia have been “longtime” partners of the Philippines in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, aside from Malaysia’s role as a facilitator in the government’s negotiations with secessionist Moro rebels, officials said.

Innovation: Oath of change

In the past, an inaugural parade preceded the singing of the national anthem, the invocation, the oath-taking and the address of the incoming President.

While Aquino is dropping the parade, his inaugural team has introduced a novelty: The volunteer groups that helped in his campaign would deliver an “oath to change” at the Quirino Grandstand in response to his address.

“That’s an innovation,” said Quezon, the spokesperson for the inaugural, and also Inquirer columnist and host of ANC’s “The Explainer.”


  1. June 20, 2010 at 10:34 am

    eing realistic is a good trait. One of the upsides of being realistic is that you do not get disappointed with the result or at least have a Plan B prepared in case things do not go according to Plan A. You won’t get disappointed with the result because you will have predicted the likely consequences of your actions by using your logic, and will do your best to prevent a negative effect from happening or take another course of action to soften the blow of a disaster. If we are to be realistic about Noynoy Aquino’s first 100 days, the likely scenario we are looking at is one of predictable ordinariness bordering on disorganization even.

    One of the reasons why I think Noynoy’s first 100 days will be disorganised is because recent events have shown that Noynoy has a tendency to choose his battles unwisely (i.e., who’s going to swear him in, to receive GMA’s call or not, etcetera, etcetera). He also has a tendency to make a lot of excuses for not accomplishing a task that he hasn’t even started doing yet. This guy did not have plans of running for the presidency in the first place; it would be delusional to expect him to have concrete plans around running the country now.

    Another reason to expect a bit of chaos lies in how we don’t know if he is going to work well with his elected Vice President. Unfortunately, the position of Vice President in the Philippines is chosen by the voters separately in contrast to countries like the United States where the President and Vice President come as a team. It would be interesting to watch how the policies or decisions of President-Elect Noynoy will be taken in by a much older and more experienced politician like Jejomar Binay.

    Noynoy hasn’t even spoken to Binay yet let alone thought about what post to give him. Reports have him dismissing Binay’s thoughts of assuming the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) post saying “I’ve not talked to him” and asserting his right to choose his cabinet with his statement, “And I think I should be accorded the right to choose who I want to serve as my alter-ego. ‘Yun naman ang description ng alter-ego [That’s the description of alter-ego].” You would think that he would have a clear definition of what his alter-ego would do by now considering he was adamant about getting the job.

    Once a slacker, always a slacker

    Noynoy Aquino was so confident that he would win the presidency to the point of boldly stating during the campaign period that he will take to the streets if he lost. Despite this confidence, he did not even bother to choose his cabinet members earlier. With just a few weeks before his proclamation, the media is left speculating about who is going to get what job under his government. One wonders what Noynoy was busy with after all these months when in fact, he wasn’t even very active in presidential debates or any other forums during the campaign period.

    Star-struck President

    Noynoy seems to be eyeing a lot of celebrities to fill government posts. It’s not that there is anything wrong with celebrities, but we all know that they spend more time in front of the camera than on anything else. First it was reported that Noynoy offered talk show host and Aquino friend, Boy Abunda a cabinet post saying that Abunda is “…an icon in the country and even more so for his ability to communicate, to understand the audience and to be able to advance a particular set of ideas.” Noynoy probably thinks that just because someone regularly appears on national television necessarily makes that person an icon. It did not matter to him that Boy Abunda does not have experience in the public sector and that Boy did not even show any interest in occupying any government post. Then there are also reports that Noynoy wants to offer Ding Dong Dantes, Ogie Alcasid, Lilly Monteverde and Jim Paredes other government posts.

    It is obvious that Noynoy already failed this early to heed the advice of the country’s much revered scholar F Sionil Jose to “Seek the help of the best — and the best do not normally want to work in government and neither will they approach you. You have to seek them..” The questions we need to ask are: Is Noynoy even aware of who is the best candidate for any of the government posts? Another question is, is he really eyeing them on the basis of convenience or is someone (like Kris Aquino) recommending all of the people for him (which is also convenient for Noynoy). A third question is, what criteria does Noynoy really apply when choosing a cabinet member? Is it the person’s popularity (like in his case) or ability and experience? One wonders why Noynoy does not listen to a leading academic instead of his celebrity endorsers, is President elect Noynoy Aquino anti-intellectual?

    He does not even need to replace people who are not doing badly with their jobs at the moment. But he might just feel compelled to replace them out of spite for Arroyo’s administration. The fact that he chooses people who don’t have any knowledge about government policies should already tell us that Noynoy’s administration is going to be one big song and dance routine and nothing of substance.

    Too many excuses

    You have to hand it to Noynoy, he is good at making excuses. He made so many unrealistic promises during his campaign that so many vacuous Filipinos now believe it is doable. One of them is that that he can eradicate poverty just by getting rid of corruption. But now he is saying things like “I wish the people would give us time. We cannot fix problems acquired over decades overnight” and “I will not proclaim I know everything because I still do not know the true state of the country.” Doesn’t he realise that his late mother is included among the people who acquired problems “over decades”?

    The above are statements he recently made over just a period of two days to reporters. These are not very optimistic words coming from a man who is about to be sworn in. We can’t blame Noynoy for being pessimistic now because he did not really come up with concrete proposals as solutions to pressing issues, like policy changes that will see to it that the “problems acquired over the decades” will be solved. All he and his party came up with during the campaign period are motherhood statements that do not translate into much, but which romanticist voters believed in.

    He said that not knowing the real numbers would make it harder to come up with solutions. This is in response to the economic data that outgoing President Gloria Arroyo recently released which Noynoy says was tweaked in order to look good. How hard can it be for Noynoy to consult an economist so he could come up with comparative figures? This sounds to me like another silly excuse coming from a person who already feels daunted by the job ahead.

    Build a house on rock and not on sand

    We all know that if Noynoy’s mother did not pass away, he would not have been voted in as President in the first place. Knowing this, we also know that Noynoy did not win based on an idea. He won based on a people’s mass indulgence in emotion. He basically built his house on sand, which can crumble anytime. What he needs to do is to reinforce the foundation of his house by using rocks and pour in as much concrete as needed. The fate of his legacy will be determined by the way he tweaks the foreign and domestic policies of the country. He needs to find out which of the existing policies are working or need to be changed. Unfortunately, he will have to work with Congress in getting any new policies the nod. It’s all up to Noynoy — whether his first 100 days will be an indication of the next six years turning into a trip down the highway to hell or up the stairway to heaven.

    Being realistic is a good trait. It is a hedge that equips us with some idea of what to do if it turns out that our new President cannot handle the pressure of his new job. Being realistic will also give us an idea of what to do when the bubble finally bursts. We should all be ready to duck for cover to avoid the splash.


  2. noy
    January 17, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    tae ! noynoy ibagsak !

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