PNoy’s love exploits boost his public image

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III may have not realized it, but the wide publicity given by the mass media to
his love exploits is doing him more good than harm.

While there are no studies or surveys to back up our views, we believe his fans and even his political foes like to read about the latest woman he’s dating with.

This kind of human interest story which has universal appeal projects our first bachelor president (if you exclude the late president Elpidio Quirino, a widower) as a person with ability to love. This tale of love and romance sells the papers and boosts radio/TV program ratings, a good business reason, for newsmen to chase PNoy for love news.

For the nth time the President urged media last week to stop waiting or reporting about his love life by invoking his democratic and constitutional right to hide his private life from public scrutiny.

He made the appeal during Christmas party of Malacañang reporters held in the place complex last Wednesday night where he was again asked by media men about his latest love interest.

People everywhere love to read about romance because love is man’s basic instinct and can’t live without. Movie personalities and other celebrities including political persons use and sometimes even invent their love affairs to keep their popularity on the upswing. The more popular they are, the more they can relate to the masses their feelings and emotions the non-verbal ways. As a poet once said, “the only abnormality is the incapacity to love.”

Again, while we have no hard data to prove it, we believe PNoy keeps his high popularity and public acceptability ratings of 80 percent partly because of public approval of his romantic escapades.

This means eight in 10 Filipinos approved his performance, either as a private person or public servant.

An example of how the masses value the President‘s love life was the case of Shalani Soledad, President’s erstwhile girlfriend whose 2-year love affair with him catapulted her to fame from an obscure konsehala of a small city to an instant celebrity co-hosting a popular and controversial TV variety show Willing Willie on TV5.

If her past relationship with the President can make wonders for Shalani there is no reason it can likewise work for the President.


Paskong Filipino, world’s longest, merriest and unique celebration of  Christmas starts on Friday, Dec. 16 with attendance of the first of nine pre-dawn masses and continues on nonstop until the first Sunday of  January, the Feast of the Three Kings, the official end of the season.

The Philippines is the only Asian country where 80 percent of its people are Roman Catholics. It’s for this reason Christmas is a national fiesta celebrated for family reunion, for sharing, for giving, for forgiving and time for food, fun and friendship.

Like in the past, the season, which covers four “ber” months (September, October, November and December) ushers in homecoming of “balikbayans” or overseas Filipinos numbering 10 million with crate loads of presents for their relatives and friends.

The sentimental arrivals of these Filipinos have started to be noticed lately at the Ninoy International Airport (NAIA) and other international airports around the country.

However, for those who can’t return home from their places of work abroad, they celebrate Christmas in accordance with Filipino customs and traditions like Noche Buena, the most important meal of the year.

It is usually associated with quezo de bola (ripened ball cheese), jamon (ham), relleno (stuffed chicken or milkfish), roast chicken or turkey, castanas (chestnuts), and fruitcake.

Christmas Day is a popular day for children to visit their godparents, uncles, aunties, and grandparents. Despite of too much commercialization of Christmas by big business with profit as their motive, they put Santa Claus and Christmas tree as focus of celebrations of the most anticipated holiday in the country with Jesus Christ remaining the superstar of Paskong Pilipino.


President Benigno Aquino III deserves kudos for taking the Machiavellian approach to save the lives of at least five Filipinos with no reprieve on death row in China.

He said the Philippine government stayed away from the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to a Chinese democracy activist because the fate of doomed Filipinos in China is at stake.

He said not sending a representative to the Nobel ceremony for detained Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo does not mean the Philippines is not championing democracy and human rights. It is just that the human rights and lives of Filipinos come first.

“It is in our national interest to advance our citizens’ needs first,” he said adding that he did not want to jeopardize efforts to spare few five Filipinos sentenced to death for drug-trafficking in China.
The President has already sent a letter to the Chinese government seeking clemency for doomed Filipino workers.

Being a pragmatist, the President, guided by expediency yielded to Machiavellian maxim or principle that the end always justifies the means.

Stated differently, Niccolo Machiavelli said that it is sound maxim that reprehensible actions may be justified by their efforts, and that  when the effects is good, it is justified by their effects, and that when the effects is good, it justifies the action.

Recall that our government boycott of Nobel Prize ceremony drew howls of protest from human rights activists here and abroad.

But upon knowing the pragmatist stand of President Aquino on the issue which is to save lives of  fellow Filipinos, those who lambasted him for the boycott led by Sen. Joker Arroyo turned around and praised him for his decisiveness. Cornelio de Guzman

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