First 100 Days of PNoy: Pass or Fail?

By on Oct 2, 2010 in Headlines, Opinion, World Comments

Today, October 2, completes the first 100 days of PNoy; and the time for Filipinos to give him their grades to President Noynoy Aquino as president.

As Filipinos may have different opinions about the president, it seems to be interesting to know whether they graded him pass or fail.

Earlier, Malacañang released a statement stating that they gave the president a passing grade.

According to them, the Aquino administration has been prioritizing two major projects pertaining to fight corruption and poverty alleviation.

On the other hand, The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) reportedly gave PNoy a failing grade on ten issues.

According to the report, among the ten issues includes the alleged lack of drive in the criminal prosecution of former President Arroyo, who is now a member of the House of Representatives; and for not showing serious interest in the peace process.

With this, I think it’s time share my comments about the first 100 days of PNoy.

First of all, I commend PNoy his humility especially when he said he ‘took the responsibility’ for the recent Manila hostage tragedy.

While that incident is truly an embarrassing moment for all Filipinos, it also took lives of innocent people, and the authorities seem to fail on their obligation.

Second, his recent and first US visit looks successful to me, and I do not hear any negative feedback so far.

Besides the reported $2.4-billion investment PNoy brought home that will surely create more jobs for Filipinos, the Philippines received a $434-million Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) grant from the US government.

The latter was said to be denied during the Arroyo administration.

Third, I admire his being publicly vocal about his ‘approval’ for the controversial Reproductive Health
(RH) Bill No. 5043
, authored by Albay Congressman Edcel Lagman.

Although not all Filipinos are Catholic, we must admit that the Catholic Church played a big part on the success of former late president Cory Aquino, PNoy’s mother.

Therefore, PNoy proved that he is among the few politicians who do not engaged in returning favors or ‘pagtanaw ng utang na loob’.

So far, his sense of humor seems to be showing his being a natural comedian, and his not being tough to his critics to me is admirable.

And lastly, he still keeps his private life ‘private’ considering that his sister Kris Aquino seems to be the opposite.

Although of course, his smoking habit may not be a good example, but I suppose that’s a personal choice and has nothing to do with being a president.

So if the passing grade is 75%, I think I can give him an 80% grade for his first 100 days.

How about you?


The above opinions are solely the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily represent the entire BatangasToday staff.

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