P-Noy Aquino getting flack for the SONA wasn’t a surprise. His getting elected wasn’t a surprise. P. Noy’s gaffes aren’t a surprise. Lacierda’s incompetence is not a surprise. The communication group’s “Cabinet rank” is not a surprise. The policy pronouncements about “public-private cooperation” is not a suprise. Everything that P’Noy Aquino has done so far is not surprising.
The case of P Noy, like the case of Erap will be fodder for discussion in the years to come, as a how-not-to-run government guide for leadership should someone become President of the Philippines.
P Noy must have studied in a university somewhere in a parallel universe, where the anti-rules of lousy leadership are embedded into one’s psyche. I imagine that those anti-rules will look like this:
TIP #1 – PRESENT FLAWED INFORMATION AND FLAWED INTERPRETATION AND CLAIM IT AS FACT.
If you have instituted a program about eliminating false statistics and you have presented a questionable presentation of the figures just say “I encourage everyone to take a step towards participation rather than fault-finding. The former takes part in finding a solution; from the latter, never-ending complaints.”
Do you seriously want people to participate on actions based on false information?
TIP #2 – – DENY THE EXISTENCE OF PROBLEMS – DON’T MENTION WHOLISTIC STRATEGIES FOR DEVELOPMENT.
Hacienda Luisita does not exist. Kamag-anak Inc does not exist. The evils of protectionism does not exist.
Forget the FOIA – that puts too much power to the people. Just have a Whistleblower act so that we deal with only a few whistle blowers instead of an entire population of whistle blowers.
TIP #3 – EMPHASIZE YOUR OWN POWER AND IMPORTANCE
When your choices of people in the Cabinet are questioned – just say you have the power to hire and fire people. Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Marcos – they had that power, too.
When people question the choice of Abad – never mind that favoritism is a breeding ground for corruption – just say “they are qualified”. Just use Arroyo’s strategy of “pakapalan ng mukha”, when applied to P.Noy – it’s “conviction” – it works.
TIP #4 – MAKE PEOPLE FEEL RESPONSIBLE FOR EVERYONE ELSE EXCEPT YOU. PEOPLE DON’T HAVE TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEMSELVES. DO WHAT I SAY DON’T DO WHAT I DO.
Just say ” if we prioritize enabling others, we will open a world of opportunities not just for ourselves but for those who direly need it.”
Forget that you did not prioritize the enabling of Hacienda Luisita’s farmers – or passed laws to that effect when you were still Congressman and Senator.
When poor people prioritize “others” it ensures that the Pork Barrel is full, and there is money to be looted by government and the oligarchs.
And never never make people be responsible for themselves – that’s when they start thinking for themselves – that’s a NO-NO. Always present yourself as a padrino. Do not teach the people how to fish. Just give them fish.
Don’t open up the economy – I have big shares in the oligarch companies – I don’t want foreign competition threatening my income. Just give the people the circus – ABS-CBN can easily launch a program that will have people wanting to be poor so they can win money in a variety show.
TIP #5 – GIVEN TWO CROOKED PATHS – CHOOSE THE LESSER CROOKED PATH. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FIND THE CORRECT THIRD PATH
Present as a straight path – the continuity of the protectionist policies in the Constitution which ensure that Filpino businesses have a monopoly of the domestic market. Never let the public in on the personal interests of HLI and Kamag-Anak Inc – and where one is “a slave to political considerations to the detriment of our nation.”
TIP #6 – NEVER APOLOGIZE AND DON’T EVEN PRETEND TO LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES
Don’t apologize for your ignorance of Japan’s parliamentary system. Don’t even learn from your diplomatic faux pas. It’s alright – if you are a hermit kingdom like North Korea – you are A-okay.
In another universe – where these anti-rules are reversed, the outcome could have been different.
Good leaders must face facts – not just one but ALL – not just Arroyo but ALL.
Good leaders prepare for the worst case scenario by solving the problems before they even happen. They don’t serve as apologists of utility companies that rob the people in broad daylight.
Good leaders acknowledge mistakes and don’t make the same mistake twice.
Good leaders continuously seek to discern and evaluate a choice before committing to it – and when they commit they do so wholeheartedly.
Good leaders do not make irresponsible misleading and factually incorrect statements.
When a candidate becomes President and is now responsible for the fate of a country, he is given enormous power and privilege. P-Noy is expected to enhance the country – not undermine it in favor of his oligarch masters.
Of course, calling for P. Noy’s resignation at this point is out of the question – let’s give him his 100 day honeymoon. Removing him will not guarantee any change either as long as we operate under the higly anti-FDI provisions of the constitution.
By now, it no longer is the question of P. Noys leadership. It is a question about what kind of society comes up with such mediocre leaders.
The deeper question is what kind of people make up this kind of society that comes up with such leaders?