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article imageOp-Ed: The Aquino administration's internal problems

By Maria Narissa Aranzanso     Jul 6, 2010 in Politics
There is a growing war inside Malacañang. Philippine president Noynoy Aquino may have heard already of the brewing factions inside his administration.
President Aquino's silence about the matter remains to be understood because concurrently there are more pressing things to attend to but his spokesman in the guise of Edwin Lacierda, a supposed alter ego, is not making a move to reconcile with an Aquino supporter and volunteer, Mae Paner aka Juana Change.
ABS CBN News reported that Paner wants to have coffee with Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda, in a bid to finally thresh out differences that could have started as early as the campaign of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.
Paner commented on Facebook that the Aquino administration needs new faces and mentioned the two Abads in his cabinet - former Education Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad is now Secretary of the Department of Budget Management, and daughter Julia Abad was made chief of the Presidential Management Staff. This triggered Lacierda and his camp to post comments against Paner that later on resorted to name-calling. He had also emphasized that Paner has to apologize to the Abads who are his close friends.
An objective comment from a personality like Mae Paner popularly known as Juana Change is nothing new. Paner is a political satirist, a comedian and a proverbial figure that gives opinionated commentaries and principled views. For some people in the Aquino cabinet, it may be uncalled for but it can also be taken in as a reminder that the new administration’s gear is one that should be void of indebtedness from supporters which was what actually transpired in the previous administration.
Paner is clearly stating the obvious which is a repulsive truth to some. President Aquino being a mild-mannered gentleman may not take it against her and may consider it as a constructive criticism but the people around him, and that includes the traditional politicians, can become slighted to the very core, and apprehensive of the results of Paner’s bold remarks.
The political issues that the Philippines face are many and are complicated. Mae Paner’s observation and the altercation between her group and that of Edwin Lacierda remains one that will be on the lookout. While most Filipinos look at it as a simple and may even be a nonsensical matter, this could ruin the administration that they have all worked and fought for during the campaign.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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