The Many Times that Pnoy has Let Us, the Filipinos, Down

posted on: Monday, February 9, 2015
She is a Mass Communication student at University of San Jose-Recoletos.

When Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III was elected as the country’s 15th president in 2010, it had seemed that the Filipino people couldn’t have chosen anyone better. As the only son of Benigno Aquino, Jr. and Corazon Aquino, his promise of a “Matuwid na Daan” had seemed plausible. However, in the course of his presidency, the road has often been clouded with his blunders. Here are a few incidents of when our President has let us down:

  • The Fallen 44

Recently, 44 members of the Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police died in the Mamasapano clash  involving the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters. January 30 was declared as the National Mourning Day to honor these men, however, President Aquino, instead of meeting the bodies of the fallen 44 at the Villamor Airbase, opted to attend the opening of a car plant. This prompted a wide condemnation from the public.

Justice for them



  • The Philippines ranks 3rd in the Global Impunity Index

In Pnoy’s administration, some 23 journalists were killed but their deaths have yet to be given justice. This is the worst case of media killings since 1986 which placed the Philippines in 3rd rank as a dangerous country for journalists behind Iraq and Somalia.











  • Manila Hostage Crisis

Almost two months after Pnoy’s inauguration as Philippine President, eight Hong Kong tourists were killed in the Manila Hostage Crisis. This was the first time that Filipinos have questioned where the President was and why he was not on top of the situation.













  • Pork barrel issue

The Philippines is one of the most corrupt country in the world. The misuse and misallocations of PDAF and replacing it with DAP, which has been declared unconstitutional,  made the Filipinos here and those overseas disappointed with the government. As someone whose mantra is “Matuwid na Daan”, we are not saying that Pnoy did not do his job but we expected a more rigid stance.

  • Slow government response to Yolanda victims

After addressing the nation and announcing the preparations that his administration is doing for super typhoon Yolanda, President Aquino was heavily criticized when none of it materialized right after the devastation in Tacloban. Added to that was his unsavory interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour wherein they debated the number of casualties.






Aquino’s term will end in 2016. So far, we cannot point on something as his legacy. Perhaps, it could have been the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, but this remains to be seen now with the recent Mamasapano clash.