PRESIDENT Benigno Simeon Aquino III should not ignore or belittle the student activists who criticize his seeming inaction on the problems besetting the nation because it is the right thing to do aside from the fact that student movements could provide a rich breeding ground for future dissenters.

Instead of waving them off and their new protest move called “Noynoying,” the President should prove them wrong. Perception, rightly or wrongly, is very important in a society like ours hence the need not only to do the right things but to be seen doing it.

Noynoying is a creative protest act that basically involves sitting around staring into space, much like Mr. Aquino supposedly does instead of running the country, at least according to some of his critics. It is the act of doing nothing.

Detractors noted that Aquino is more interested in hounding his former teacher, the indicted little girl Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo; his current arch nemesis, impeached Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona; his fast cars and guns, and the newest love in his life whoever that is.

They said the President pursue his interests with vigor oblivious to the rising price of petroleum products, cost of living and criminal incidents; the low wages of ordinary folks, the continuing proliferation of the culture of impunity in government and the onslaught of calamities, natural or otherwise.

It is about time Mr. President that you prove your critics wrong.

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Now that The Daily Tribune reporter Fernan Angeles has indicated that a number of ranking police officers from the Eastern Police District Office and the Pasig City Police Station could have something to do with the attempt on his life, the justice department should order an impartial investigation of the incident and to ascertain the truthfulness of his claims.

Angeles, in a recent message to the members of the Malacañang Press Corps from his hospital bed claimed 14 hours before the ambush, he informed the EPDO director Chief Supt. Francisco Manalo of the arrest in Pasig City of Faisal Sancopan, allegedly a known drug dealer.

Angeles further told to Manalo that Sancopan, whom he identified as one who shot him, reportedly gave P500,000 grease money to Pasig City policemen for his release and agreed to share with them the proceeds from his illegal drugs.

“I was shot by a group of men led by the very subject I reported to him (Manalo).

Interesting how that very subject, Faisal, traced the lead of such information,” Angeles said in his statement to the MPC.

This is a very serious allegation.

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