QUEZON City, September 3, 2014—A priest faults President Benigno S. Aquino III (PNoy) for allegedly lending a deaf ear to the lamentations of whom he proudly calls his “Boss”—the Filipino people.
Inter-congregational Theological School director Fr. Marlon Lacal believes that PNoy takes orders from few, close confidantes belonging to his inner circle, and whom the priest accuses of being “greedy” for power and of protecting their own vested interests.
“The way I look at it now, his real bosses are these select power-hungry individuals, not the Filipino public,” stressed the priest.
Lacal, who is also a justice and peace advocate, told Church-run Radio Veritas the only way the President can gain insights on the life of ordinary Filipinos, and to take the job of reforming the country seriously, is for him to go down to the grassroots.
“I’m not sure who is the boss he [PNoy] keeps referring to. If he would care immersing himself in depressed communities, spending time with the poor, he would learn firsthand how the masses live,” said he.
The former executive director for men of the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP) chided PNoy for allegedly being a “masochist”, for behaving contrary to what he says and to what people expect of him.
“Contradiction in words and in intent…He denies being one, but he exhibits signs of a typical masochist,” said Lacal of the president.
This is in connection with alleged proposals filed by Aquino stalwarts intending to amend the Constitution in favor of a possible PNoy encore in Malacañang.
“Majority of our people abhors the idea of an overstaying leader and believes that six years are long enough for a bad president,” explained he.
“It’s time he listens to the people,” Lacal added. (Raymond A. Sebastián)