Barnido aired his frustration with the two-month performance of the new government. His take-off point was the hostage tragedy in Manila last month which left nine Hong Kong tourists dead. He also expressed his disappointment with the Cabinet members of Aquino.
An excerpt of Barnido’s open letter
Mr. President, we did not switch from cheerleaders to cynics because of a singular incident caused by a madman. Our process was a metamorphosis catalyzed by a series of excuses and inconsistencies over the past two months. They don’t paint you as a man in control; rather they portray a group of helpless officials in utter disarray like rats scrambling from the basement of a burning building. You are the hub of a bunch of incompetent fools whose idea of honesty is withholding the truth until someone slips and whose interpretation of transparency is to let the media and the public wrestle the facts from their mouths like fishes dangling from hooks.
This is not a flaw in the character of your administration; this inefficiency has become your defining trait.
Believe it or not, your cheerers may have become cynics, but they are still your companions in this journey. I, for one, will not abandon you Mr. President.
An excerpt of Aquino’s reply which was posted on his official Facebook account
First of all, thank you for your note on Facebook. Such insights from concerned citizens are vital in a maturing democracy such as ours, where all avenues and technologies should be explored in order to raise the level of public discourse. However, thoughts expressed in such sites, which can sometimes be incendiary, spread easily without the necessary validation. This is why I felt the need to respond to your letter
I understand that much of your frustration stems from the unfortunate crisis that befell our nation, but my administration will not be defined by this tragedy. It will be defined by what we have already achieved and what we will still achieve in the future.
Here are some Facebook comments.
Ronald C. Rosas praises Barnido’s “nice and truthful” letter
been wrestling with the same feelings of disgust towards pnoy (Author’s note: Aquino prefers to be called PNoy, short for President Noynoy) for his seeming lack of control and weak governance and this piece hit the target right on. yes, i'm not yet giving up on him, but i hope he get his act together pretty soon. or else, the cynics would turn real bad critics.
Cheryl L. Daytec appreciates the quick reply of Aquino
That Pres. Aquino or his team would take time to respond to an issue raised on FB is a bit encouraging. At least they listen to a vigilant citizenry.
Ditas Garchitorena describes Aquino’s response as proof of transparent governance.
Now this is what we call transparent governance…Thank you, Mr. President for your honesty and humility. God bless you!
Jerome Locson notes how technology can help citizens articulate their sentiments
See how technology can help voice-out our concerns? Glad that Pres. Aquino responded to this note.
Peter Paul Carim appeals to Filipinos to be patient with the new government
I’m glad that PNoy was open to this kind of criticism and responded in a positive way. I think we Filipinos expected to much from his government and expected an “immediate” transformation or change. Be reasonable Pinoys. It’s not going to happen in just a few days or months. And let’s just wait after 2 (two) years like PNoy said. If you want our country to change for good, weather you like our President or not, you should do your part too as a citizen of the Republic of the Philippines.
Balatucan is not worried if Barnido will no longer support the president
The note is disguised as an advice to the President. But glossing over the entire note, it is very evident that it is actually a sugar coated attack on the President
Well, if Barnido sees that everything is over for Pnoy in just two months then losing him in the group is a good riddance. What are needed are people made of steel. People who will not buckle down at the first sign of distress.
Creed of Goop analyzes both the letter writer and the president
Me, I'm just surprised (or jealous) that Noynoy actually replied to a random person on the web…I do believe, however, that Noynoy is taking too much value on impressions and, subsequently, saving face. I cannot help but generalize this overt sensitivity as a sign of weakness, a student of Psychology that I am. Though Reyn's hasty logic is no less erroneous, Noynoy cowering behind heaps of excuses is obvious either. Nevertheless, the blogger did affirm his support for the president. The lack of strong will is probably just one aspect of himself that needed to die.