President Rodrigo Duterte and his predecessor Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III have been throwing tirades to each other ever since the former officially assumed his position in 2016. Duterte’s supporters are also targeting Aquino with criticisms on how he failed to satisfy the needs of the Philippines under his term.
But during the 30th death commemoration of his father Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., the winds had temporarily changed with Noynoy as he emphatized with what Duterte’s fatigue as the leader of the country.
Duterte earlier admitted that he is already tired and he wants to step down from his post. For Aquino, he can relate to this.
“Hindi biro ang trabaho lalo sa sistema natin. (Ikaw ang) head of state, head of government na talagang saklaw,” Aquino told reporters.
He said there are different factors on making a president tired. This includes rising inflation, territorial disputes, and natural disasters like typhoons and floodings.
“Dumadaan sa atin ngayon weather disturbances, buti nga dumadaan hindi talagang rumaragasa ‘yung bagyo, 20 ang bagyo taon taon. Bawat isa e saan ba dadaan ito?” Aquino said. “Saan ba ang areas na mapanganib? Habang hindi pa lumilikas ang mga tao, babahain ba sila ulit? Handa ba ang evacuation centers? Ano ang status ng calamity fund? Handa na ba ang DOH?”
He added: Sa bagyo pa lang 20 okasyon na taon-taon tapos mina-manage niya ngayon ang inflation. Ano ba ang dapat gawin sa inflation? May factors within the country, maraming factors outside the country na nag-iimpluwensiya sa inflation. West Philippine Sea (issue), etc. Mahaba talaga ang listahan.
Aquino also shared his frustration that despite doing everything a president can, only the negative news were always remembered from his term. “Hindi lang ‘yung understandable that he is tired, merong ‘yung habang nagpapakapagod ka nang todong todo na talagang hindi ka hihinto habang meron ka pang puwedeng gawin tapos ang mapapakita sa’yo, siyempre tao ka rin naman, kadalasan puro batikos ang mapapala mo,” he said
Aquino even said that he already reached to the point in which he asked the media if his government is not really doing anything good. Based from one of his experience, a reporter told him that it is the bad news “that sells”.
“Ilang beses ko na natanong ang media wala ba kaming nagawang maganda at ang isasagot sa atin, ‘yung mga honest, pasensiya na kayo ‘yung negative ang nagbebenta ng aming pahayagan instead na positive,” he said. Aquino added: Tao ka para kang baterya na medyo overdrained.
Duterte previously said that he became tired of his position as his “chase against graft and corruption seems to be endless.”
“Guys, I want you to know that I am thinking of stepping down because I’m tired. While I am not angry against anybody…[graft and corruption] contaminated almost all government departments and offices,” he said.
“Graft is so embedded. It is endemic and it is always a part of the territory of a transaction especially by government,” Duterte added.
The President also said that he will step down if Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero or former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will replace him in his position.
Source: GMA NEWS