Monday, February 28, 2011

The Hands-Off Presidency

Since Penoy became president, he has not shown any inclination to be a hands-on, can-do president. In fact, to this day, he continues to be a fence-sitter president, not having a proper or firm stand on anything (except for that wang-wang thing).

In the heat of the August 23 hostage fiasco, he was nowhere to be seen, later justifying his absence as not wanting to micromanage the situation. His hands-off attitude ended up with the death of many Hong Kong tourists. (Later on, it was found out that Penoy and Mayor Lim were having a delicious dinner at Emerald Restaurant along Roxas Blvd. at the time of the crisis).

In his campaign speech prior to the elections last year, he promised that he would support the Reproductive Health Bill. When he assumed the presidency, his stand became less clear, not wanting to be seen as pro- or anti- RH. (His wishy-washy stand is beginning to irritate some civil society leaders who supported his campaign primarily because of his promise to support the RH Bill).

Now, when there are calls for Ferdinand Marcos to be finally buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani, he shows his hands-off attitude by passing the decision to VP Binay. Penoy fails to realize that whatever Binay decides, he would still have to approve, which makes me wonder how he's going to a squirm out of that predicament.

Yes, we have a president with no hair and no balls, who doesn't even have the chutzpah to make definitive decisions. We have a president who doesn't want to make controversial decisions because he enjoys being popular and loved. What we have is a hands-off president who can't be bothered with details.

God save the Philippines from this creature.