P-Noy’s ratings decline, hasn’t made any headway into his political platforms, experts say


(SPOT.ph) A year after his election, experts say President Noynoy Aquino hasn’t made any headway into his proposed political platforms, reports Reuters via GMA News Online.


"Aquino never really seems willing to expend any political capital on what he believes in or claims to stand for," said Scott Harrison, managing director of risk consultancy Pacific Strategies & Assessments. He added, "Whether this is apathy or just another manifestation of his laziness, aversion to work and the rough-and-tumble of politics remains to be seen." Harrison, however, credited the president for instituting some ethics in governance.


Earl Parreno of the Institute for Political and Electoral Reforms added, "Aquino wanted to do a lot of things but he has not done anything to carry (these out)... People (have) not seen anything concrete."


While his regime has made progress investigating his predecessor, President Gloria Arroyo, Parreno mentioned however that growing public perception believes nothing has changed from the past administration to Aquino’s own government. Experts also noted some sluggishness in not only defining his campaign promises but also in meeting the country’s current demands.


According to the report, it was only in February that the committee for government agenda met and presented a list of bills that noticeably left out Aquino’s original advocacies such as reproductive health and freedom of information; no trials have begun for tax evaders; and data from Asian Development Bank (ADB) showed that foreign direct investment in the country trailed behind other Southeast Asian nations last year.



Experts aren’t the only ones noticing the lack of reform, the report revealed. Cigarette vendor Bobby Evangelista who works Manila’s business district said, "Aquino may not be doing anything wrong, but he has also not done anything good."


"I haven’t seen any change at all. We remain poor and he has a new car," he added, referring to Aquino’s much talked about Porsche.


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