OF LATE, for one reason or another, there were public pronouncements coming from none other than the President himself that were not only imprudent but also intriguing as they seemed to reveal more and more about his thinking process in conjunction with his exalted public office and his constituency.
This is not in any way meant to look down on him but rather to call attention to his self-appreciation on one hand and his depreciation of people on the other hand—people whom he precisely call his “Boss” but who become more and more disillusioned with the way he continues to govern them in intriguing collaboration with his close and chosen allies.
In other words, the President is becoming more and more convinced of his personal and distinct intelligence and some kind of a certified ingenuity. Hence, he expressed the following sublime self-esteem: “I am the heir… to the wisdom of great men and women before me.” Right or wrong, this is not really pride but most probably his honest to goodness self-appreciation.
There was also a statement he recently made in conjunction with people who signified their disagreement with some decisions he made and certain actuations he did. To them he said: “Bahala na si Lord sa inyo. Busy ako.” The comment is neither that profound nor that complex to understand as it simply meant to say that complaining people are not worth his attention.
Lately, there was likewise another intriguing pronouncement he made in conjunction with his critics who are growing more and more in number—people who are watchful of his unacceptable options and questionable actuations and thus criticize him for such perceived errancy. His reactive response: “Ignore hopeless people.”
Something is wrong somewhere. It is good to remind the Honorable President of the Philippines—even of the following elementary realities: 1st, he aspired for and is now still holding the highest public Office in the country that makes him a well-known public figure meant and expected to render acceptable and effective public service; 2nd, while not pleasant to hear or to know, criticisms are good reminders to hear, a good checklist to have—not unless the subject considers himself as the incarnation of perfection; 3rd, the thought itself that someone knows everything and wherefore has nothing else to learn from others and thus looks at himself as on the top of the world in intelligence and capability, can be anything but on ground reality.
Would that criticisms thus made be not an excuse for the person criticized to make the puerile excuse that he is but a man. Precisely, what would he still want to be—a petty god or something the like?