Proclamation of the new President (Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III) and Vice President (Jejomar “Jojo” Binay) of the Philippines is ongoing. Tune in to ABS-CBN or ANC for the live coverage. Or follow ANCAlerts on Twitter for the blow by blow account of what’s happening at the Batasang Pambansa.
You can also watch it online through ANC’s web site.
President-apparent Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III is obviously out to please those people who campaigned for him. As my sister puts it, it’s “payback” time!
Reports have been surfacing that he’s offering government positions to Boy Abunda, Lily Monteverde (Mother Lily to the local entertainment world), Mary Grace Poe (daughter of late Fernando Poe, Jr.), Dingdong Dantes, and Ogie Alcasid.
I know most people would say there is nothing wrong with Noynoy offering the aforementioned people government posts. But when you step back and really think about it, you begin to question the qualifications of these individuals. Are they really qualified for the job or are they just being given a job to please them/to say thanks for the help? Is Boy Abunda qualified to become the Secretary of Tourism? He is a talent manager and a showbiz talk show host. He is also well-known for being Kris Aquino-Yap‘s (Noynoy’s youngest sister) best friend. Wouldn’t he be more qualified for a PR job rather than the Tourism post? Mother Lily Monteverde is a movie producer. She is supposedly being offered to chair the Optical Media Board (OMB) whose function is to stop piracy in the country. If a place needs to be raided, can she tag along with the OMB team? We’ve seen violent raids done in the past. Is she really the one for the post? Or is someone tougher and well-versed with piracy more suited for the position? The same question comes to mind with Mary Grace Poe, Dingdong Dantes and Ogie Alcasid.
There is nothing wrong with Noynoy surrounding himself with those he deems trustworthy and loyal to him. I can understand as much. But to offer government posts to those people with whom he has an “utang na loob” is another matter. We might be seeing government people who are unfit for the job but since they are loyal to the newly elected president, they are given important posts. Do we really need another 6 years of this?
We all want change. That’s what we’ve been asking for. But if the President-apparent Noynoy Aquino will start handing out government seats to friends and those with whom he is indebted to (for campaigning him), I don’t think change will happen anytime soon.
I can’t understand why these actors and actresses would join politics without any knowledge of what to do and then would promise to study/enroll in a crash course in Public Administration when they get elected. They are so confident to run for a government position without any knowledge of what they are about to do because they know they can hire someone to act on their behalf. They will just be puppets of those who urged them to run in the first place.
I would like to think that these people are making fun of us whom they will serve. How can they even serve us when they know nothing about what to do? Popularity and appeal are just what they have. What happens when they start their term?
Lani Mercado, Lucy Torres-Gomez, Manny Pacquiao, Angelica Jones… these are just some of the names I read who are going to “study” now that they got elected. Lany, Lucy and Manny are said to be attending the National School of Public Administration and Governance in University of the Philippines (UP). The last one I just heard in the news.
In my opinion, people who are seeking a seat in the government should at least have a working knowledge of the system. It doesn’t matter that much if he/she is running for a barangay position. But these are national positions. If someone who has no knowledge of the government system really wants to serve his/her countrymen, I say start from the bottom. Seek a local position first. Learn the ropes. Study Public Administration and Governance BEFORE seeking a national position. Be fair to the people you plan to serve!
If you are a Unionbank accountholder, chances are you know what happened the whole day yesterday until early today. They went offline! Yes, the bank was offline for hours and hours on end! According to their customer service reps, the bank was undergoing system maintenance. This is the first time I’ve heard of a bank system maintenance that lasted longer than an hour! It actually lasted more than a day! What was so annoying about what happened was there was no advisory at all!
I read their Facebook page discussion a few hours ago. I read irate accountholders who were relying on their ATMs to be able to get cash. I know there are people out there who only keep a minimum amount of money they need for the day or the week. So what happens to them now that the bank was offline the whole day? No withdrawal via ATM or over-the-counter. You couldn’t even use online banking as the whole bank’s system was really unavailable!
There was a woman who said that she needed to withdraw her kids’ allowance for yesterday. You could tell how irate she was. One mentioned that he was looking for work and was hungry but opted not to eat because he couldn’t get money from his account. My sister and I were supposed to enroll Hazel yesterday but since we couldn’t access both our accounts, we’re just going back today. It was too much hassle for everyone!
I just checked an hour ago and Unionbank‘s system is back up. I immediately checked my balances and it’s intact, thank God. I hope that when something like this happens again, Unionbank would have given an advisory beforehand so that their accountholders can prepare.
But something’s nagging me since I talked to their CS reps and both couldn’t give me a direct answer… was their system hacked that’s why it took their IT guys longer to fix it??? I hope not.
Note: Thumbs up to the customer service representatives of Unionbank for patiently answering the calls and responding to tweets and Facebook messages of concerned accountholders like me. They were also profusely apologizing for what happened. That’s customer service!
Unionbank Twitter account – http://www.twitter.com/unionbankph
Unionbank Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/unionbankph
Did you vote for Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and Jejomar “Jojo” Binay (NoyBi)? Or did you go for the Aquino and Manuel “Mar” Roxas II tandem (NoyMar)?
One thing is for sure, Noynoy has won the battle for the presidency. I keep telling my friends that Noynoy might not be their bet but now that he’s the incoming president of the country, let us support him in any way we can to really bring about the much needed change in the country. We need it.
I made a major boo-boo last May 10… I forgot to renew this domain! I didn’t forget to post a blogoversary post but I forgot to renew my domain. Imagine that! When I opened this blog an hour ago, I saw a message on my admin page that I could not log in because my domain was suspended. I was surprised to see it and when I logged on to my Bluehost cpanel, I checked the domain manager and found that the domain was 4 days past the expiry date. Boohoo!
So I renewed my domain about an hour ago and I was charged $0.99 per day past the expiry. After paying, I was able to log in to this blog’s admin page again.