Why I Would Yell If You Told Me to “Stop criticizing Aquino at tumulong ka nalang.” – Bianca Banters
There is something inherently wrong in the statement “Stop criticizing Aquino. Tumulong ka nalang.”
1. BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE: To criticize and to help are not mutually exclusive actions.
“Oh I think Aquino was immature for walking out of a disaster meeting. That totally means I never donated nor helped. Totally.”
Point clear, I expect.
2. In fact, most of those who criticize are the ones who have first-handedly witnessed our government’s inefficiency: those who helped out and those who have watched how arrogantly our Yellow Administration has responded to global media. Their words are just as much testaments of reality as they are criticisms. Popular case in point: Anderson Cooper.
3. If now is the worst time to criticize, then when should we? When all relief aids are done and international tension finally subsides? When the party would celebrate the success of post-calamity restoration and the Napoles issue would be back on headlines? When we’ve all forgotten about how much of a fool Aquino made out of himself in front of Amanpour? Did you even notice the disgust on Amanpour’s face?
PNOY has released a statement requesting media to do away with depressing broadcasts and in turn, replace it with those that would uplift Filipino spirits. Indeed, an encouraging and optimistic disposition is imperative. But how on Earth does that mean we should let all those crucial mistakes off the hook?
4. The very people who bitch about government criticism should be held equally responsible for the disappointing state of services rendered. Suppress the truth and the same tragedy shall repeat. Do away with criticism and our honorable chairman probably wouldn’t even know he did anything wrong. And people would vote for him again. And the same sub-par level of aid would persist during the exponentially increasing calamity devastations in our country.
5. AND DON’T YOU DARE TELL ME THAT THE PRESIDENT’S JOB IS HARD BUT HE HAS GOOD INTENTIONS”
In this tragic state of calamity, I bet even a demon would mean well. Everyone has good intentions, but what sets a president apart from most people is their ability to translate their good intentions into efficient services.
A. I would like to raise the question, “What is government responsibility?”
Government responsibility is the duty to administer a nation by the provision of aid, services and security that cannot be done by other sectors, in exchange of our taxes and adherence to the law. Let us put a hefty emphasis on the word RESPONSIBILITY: An imperative, a job, a duty. Failure to deliver efficient services is failure as an efficient government. And an inefficient government is one deserving to be criticized.
Commending the government for their relief aid is just as pathetic as congratulating a student for passing a C/D worthy paper. What kind of fluke honor does a minimum requirement service delivery deserve? Again, RESPONSI-EFFING-BILITY.Did you forget how much revenues government collects? Income tax? Value added tax? EXTRA value added tax? SIN Tax? And those are only the ones we are aware of. Where are the funds? Where are the boats you could have bought from the funds? Where are the food you could have afforded during the first few days?
OH WAIT, YOU POCKETED IT. Poor Leyte Taxpayers starved to death without feeling their taxes.
Nevertheless, whether or not there is corruption is beside the point. What took you an eternity to extend aid? I remember during the first few days, you clearly pointed fingers at the Local Government Units.
Wait a minute Aquino. Didn’t you know that this would be the worst typhoon in Philippine history?
Did you forget that LGU’S ARE THE ARMS OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT TO FACILITATE EFFICIENT ADMINISTRATION IN FAR AREAS? You don’t leave sole blame and responsibility on Local Government Units especially when THEY ARE IN THE CALAMITY AREA, ALSO SWEPT BY FLOOD, ALSO STARVING, ALSO HAVING THEIR UNITS WASHED AWAY. Leyte’s bureaucrats DIED in the flood. And yet those at fault are still the LGUs? This is where your excuse for a central government should step in. But instead of stepping in, YOU WALKED OUT FROM A DISASTER MEETING.
Clap, clap, clap.
So again, why were you in a state of panic, PNOY? Is it because you weren’t prepared enough, like the helpless LGU’s who happen to be, unlike you, stuck in the affected areas? Why? Or because you were too busy sorting out your Napoles blunders? Or mending ties with the Chinese community? Indeed, you are a busy man attending to numerous National concerns, such as the Chinese aggression and Napoles to name a few. But did you forget how BIG government is? Department of Interior and Local Government (Thank you Mar Roxas for your outstanding CNN self-shaming) Bureau of Internal Revenue. Department of Foreign Affairs. Department of this. Department of that. Calamity fund. This fund. That fund. Every possible issue and concern has a corresponding institution to cater. Being busy is not an excuse. “His job is hard” is not an excuse either.
Do you remember the electoral process? Did you ever think about why electoral debates even go on? It is because we, as well as anyone who has the guts to run for office, should know how critical of a duty it is to administer a country.REMEMBER: Public Office is Public Trust. It’s not “Public Office is Public Theft coupled with Tedious Services Rendered.” But then again, I digress. Corruption is beside the point.
I concede, it is a difficult job. BUT YOU SIGNED UP FOR IT. You hold our taxes, you get free lodging in a giant white palace and the least you could do is NOT WALK OUT during a calamity meeting.
I concede, as well, that it was tremendously difficult to extend aid in a faraway communication-disabled island. Maybe if you apologized for the tediousness and stopped being so arrogant about it, criticisms wouldn’t arrive left and right.