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“I Was In Charge, I Am In Charge”

September 10, 2010

I was in  charge, I am in charge. Moving forward, we’ll do better next time a crisis like August 23 occurs. Having said that, we remain focused on our vowed goal of stamping out corruption and ushering in a new dawn for the Philippines.

It took all of two hours before a national, even global, television audience for Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III to deliver this covenant in so many words.

Alternately using direct and subtle language, the President told off those who gave his fledging administration an ‘F’ grade in its first text of leadership

He then served notice to his lieutenants that he will no longer brook infighting, incompetence and non performance.

Looping off, the President also delivered a signal by deciding to face a panel of news anchors only from the anchors of private broadcasting networks ABS-CBN, GMA TV, and ABC 5.

PNoy told Filipinos, by the exclusion in the “Harapan” of government-owned National Broadcasting Network and long sequestered Radio Philippines Network and Inter-Island Broadcasting Corporation, that the mammoth state-controlled media structures must,, sooner rather than later, become credible carriers of the government’s message as being legitimate news and not political propaganda of the kind dished out by previous administrations.

Beyond their perceived turf ‘dynamics’, steep learning curve, and miscues, this is the urgent mission of the Presidential Communications Group in cooperation, as necessary, with the 15th Congress.

It surely will be in the paramount public interest for NBN to be transformed into AN INDEPENDENT PUBLIC CORPORATION along the lines of the British Broadcasting Corporation and Japan’s Nippon Hoso Kyokai, and for the Broadcast City facilities being handed back to the private sector.

Nuff said.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 10, 2010 7:59 am

    President Aquino has done a Houdini act in getting out of this bind with his image intact. But he must not stop at words; action, swift action, should follow. He must endeavor to erase this perception of being indecisive and unable to referee the infighting among his key people. Filipinos want President Aquino to succeed, and his courageous act of facing a panel of media persons reinforced the people’s faith in him. Transparency is working for him. This, however, doesn’t hide the fact that his administration is hemorrhaging. He will have to make those aides who can’t subordinate their egos to the bigger goal to walk the plank.

    • September 10, 2010 8:03 am

      We’re on the exact same page Boy. The President has immense political capital but it cannot be spent unwisely. Time to crack the whip.

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