president noynoy aquino intends to tap the services of senator mar roxas and will probably give him the title of Secretary Of Troubles whose primary role according to aquino is to be the “chief troubleshooter”.
we have nothing against mar roxas but we have something against president noynoy aquino on this latest development.
bottom line for us is that noynoy aquino needs to learn to shut up. not for good but for some time until everything is sorted out first, packaged properly and words chosen carefully.
this is our main beef – in this statement of aquino, the president admits there is “trouble” in his cabinet. aquino’s words, not mine. not only that, there seem to be perpetual trouble in his cabinet that he needs to appoint someone to be “chief troubleshooter” on a going basis.
of course no cabinet, no presidency or even any group is perfect. there will always be differences and yes, troubles. troubles are part of the psychology of groups but did aquino have to blurt it out to the public and did he have to say it in this way.
frankly, reading the article, we are having trouble understanding what aquino means. it could just be an unfortunate choice of words, the word “trouble” in particular, not “chief”. aquino gave the title “chief troubleshooter” but in the explanation, aquino said “if something needs more intense attention, I might task him to do that“.
while “something that needs intense attention” is not necessarily the same as “trouble” or something troublesome, a “trouble” is always something that needs “intense attention”. when trouble occurs in a group, intense specially, it needs immediate attention. a group or a cabinet that is troublesome is never a good thing.
on the other hand, there can be things that need “intense attention” that are not necessarily troublesome. these things could just be of high importance, not always high trouble.
so, what we are left here is that aquino just might have had trouble accessing a thesaurus and he made an unfortunate troublesome choice of words, the word “troubleshooter” and all he meant was “intense” or “important” projects. or it was a freudian slip unconsciously telegraphing to us that there is intense trouble in his administration?
the solution here is noynoy needs to learn to shut the fuck up. not only does aquino talk too much, he talks too soon and he has trouble choosing the right words. aquino needs to understand the world of country presidency is not the world of show business that his sister is involved in. in the presidency, bad press is not necessarily good press. bad press means bad presidency.
in show business, bad press or troublesome events in the life of the celebrity gets the celebrity press time and space. and in their world, that is a good thing. you can dip your foot on mud but you can still remove it and clean it up over time. your fans forget, and life goes on.
in the presidency, not only does something bad gets etched into your record of accomplishments or record of troubles, it affects 94 million people and the next 2 million of filipinos added every year.
the other thing that bothers us is this – doesn’t aqiono have enough cabinet members to perform the function of “troubleshooter of troubles” and “chief trouble shooter of intense sttention”?
a more telling thing – if it is trouble that needs to be fixed, shouldn’t he as president and biggest dude in the country supposed to be the one to fix them? fixing troubles among cabinet members is one of the key components of leadership, specially in this thing called president of a country.
if it is not him as president, isn’t that the job of his chief of staff or the executive secretary?
bottom line for us is this – there seem to be no good news on this one no matter how you look at it. it’s all trouble from all angles. and it is intense.
mr. president. shut the fuck up!
we understand what SONA stands for – State Of The Nation and from the looks of itr president aquino also understands what it means. when you talk of the state of the nation, you know you will get to know where the country stands at the moment. that is what literally “state of the nation” stands for.
but we are hoping, contrary to pronouncements of aquino, he will not take that literally. we are hoping that aquino will talk more about the future of the country, the state of the nation during aquino’s administration. we like to hear his strategies and plans both for correcting what he found wrong and what he will do on his own for the country.
aquino in many ways was elected for the country’s desire for change for the better. that also means not only from what was done but for what he will be doing for the country.
we will all be listening on monday,
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