Noynoy Aquino’s promises

Sen. Benigno Aquino III, in his TV ad, promised: Hindi ako magnanakaw. To which a friend commented, well not now!

Just for today, I don’t believe Noynoy will steal taxpayer’s money once elected as president. I am not sure tomorrow, of course. But I have doubt if the people around him won’t steal. Remember that the people around Noynoy’s candidacy (mostly) are the same people around previous leader. I think you have hints on what I mean to say.

Promises. Promises. Noynoy’s promise don’t make different from a seasoned politician. We hear the same thing.

I don’t seriously take his TV ad promise. It sounds like a claim of a herbal medicine to cure all disease in this world.

Noynoy, in response to pressures about issues in Hacienda Luisita, promised to distribute the land to poor farmers. Promises. Promises. Another promise. It sounds good. Thanks, but seemed to be unbelievable. If former President Cory Aquino had not convinced herself and her family to distribute the land through her very own Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), then what can we expect from Noynoy?

As Senator, did he voted in favor of CARP extension? And as congressman, he did not do anything about land distribution nor help the farmers. Promises can be empty, that is!

I mean to be light today. Actually, I just read the news, Aquino promises to quit smoking if he wins from Manila Standard. Hilarious! Why did he give conditions?

So this means, if he lose in this election, he continues to smoke? Well, that’s none of my business. Whether he will quit not or tomorrow or when elected, I don’t really care. He is big enough to know his responsibilities as leader. That is if he knows.

Does Noynoy says, vote for me so that I will quit smoking if I won? Because his recent statement sounds like that. The same Manila Standard report says,

Aquino said the pressures of the campaign would be different from those he would face as President, saying he could deal with pressures in office byย “doing the right thing.”

I wonder if he is “doing the right thing” now. Hala!

This is what I have always told my friends, even in small things, the acts and words, and reactions, of presidential candidates can give us enough hint and picture of what kind of president he would be.

As voter, I can promise to “do the right thing”. Promises. Promises. Let’s make many promises.

So, what is your promise?

8 thoughts on “Noynoy Aquino’s promises

  1. you made very good points here jer, as usual. which is why it is very important for everyone to really know their candidates and not be swayed by their ads. we have to catch them in their most candid moments.

  2. @jabberedonion: Thanks! I just wanted to be light this time. Of course, with this Noynoy supporters should not get discouraged. This is just a tip of an iceberg, there are more ‘heavy’ issues to tackle – I think that is political platform.๐Ÿ™‚

  3. @jabberedonion: Thanks! I just wanted to be light this time. Of course, with this Noynoy supporters should not get discouraged. This is just a tip of an iceberg, there are more โ€˜heavyโ€™ issues to tackle โ€“ I think that is political platform.๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Noynoy cannot make promises in behalf of others. He can be clean and not corrupt, but he cannot promise that voters would no longer sell their votes, that the trapos would no longer accept or demand a percentage of government contracts, that trapos would no longer buy votes, etc. These are old habits and old habits die hard or just being transmitted to the next generations. Why did Noynoy make us believe that when he will win there is no more corruption? It’s very clear, kong walang corrupt walang mahirap. He means there will be zero corruption. That is promising the people the moon.

  5. hi jerry! finally found your site. ๐Ÿ™‚

    well written article! i read the paper today and noy2x says he won’t quit smoking coz its gonna add pressure to his being a president. So much for promises.

  6. Hello Terese,
    Thanks for dropping by. Sometimes I find it funny to think that I have written this piece last February. I have even forgotten this until last night news about some people calling Noynoy to help them in their anti-smoking campaign.

    As what the DOH secretary had said, everyone has the right to choose how to die. It’s difficult to compel someone to stop his habit – much more to a president.

    He can continue to smoke but I hope he won’t smoke like what he did when he voted. He didn’t mind that that he was spreading his pollution that time.

  7. That is indeed true. We never know whether a politician is honest to his promises or not. But we HAVE to trust P. Noynoy– not because we’re stuck with him or we have no other choice, but simply because WE HAVE TO GIVE HIM HIS CHANCE TO SERVE US AND TO PROVE HIMSELF WORTHY OF OUR TRUST…

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