PRESIDENCY TAKING A TOLL ON FAMILY, PNoy SAYS

President Aquino on Wednesday said the most difficult challenge for him during his presidency is the emotional toll it is taking on everyone around him, including his family and his staff. Speaking at an event of the Ateneo Professional Schools in Makati City, the President said, “The end of my term marks the beginning of normalcy in their lives. I don’t think I am prepared to sacrifice everybody else’s lives.” Aquino was keynote speaker at an event of the school dubbed as “Four as one: forming leaders for nation building forum," which is part of the 40th anniversary of the professional school. During the forum, Aquino was more than willing to respond to some questions from deans of the school. “One of my oldest staff members — oldest meaning, hindi physical age pero yung length of time that she’s been with me — she has this old style calendar na pinupunit niya yung pahina; it marks the number of days left… parang at the end of the day is marked by a joyous occasion for her… when she gets to remove one more page,” Aquino shared. According to Aquino, he copes by praying, by listening to music -- though he admits finding Adele “depressing." Adele is famous for her break-up songs. Aquino said he also finds time to spend with friends.

ALSO: Sisters give Noy reality check

President Aquino counts on family for support but admits the emotional toll of his job on his loved ones could affect him at times. Aquino says he is open to good or bad news, and his siblings are the ones who give him a reality check by telling him everything. “We communicate with each other a lot of times through text. They serve as my eyes and ears to make sure there is no filtering of any news,” the President told students of Hope Christian High School in Sta. Cruz, Manila on Thursday. “Sila naman, sanay na sanay; kung kailangan kong malaman sasabihin nila sa akin (They are so used to it; if there is anything I need to know, they will tell me),” he said. He recalled there was too much negative publicity during the time of former President Corazon Aquino. “We had something like 28 newspapers competing for the best headline every day when my mother was President. And there was truism that negativism sells... If you praise someone, that’s corny,” he said. The President said they would always get together on Sundays when his mother was alive. “So I would like to encourage all of you... Cherish all the time in the world with regards to our family. But time is a finite element; maximize our every opportunity while we have it,” he said. Aquino said he is looking forward to the end of his term so his family members and even close-in staff could enjoy normalcy. “The end of my term marks the beginning of normalcy in their lives,” he added.

ALSO: Aquino a good man but ‘poor, awful manager’, says Senate ally

President Benigno Aquino III is a good and honest man but he is an “awful” and “poor” manager, an ally in the Senate said Thursday. Senator Sergio Osmeńa III made this statement after his advice to the President to fire Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla for lack of focus fell on deaf ears. “I told the President to fire him (Petilla) two months ago because he’s not focused,” Osmeńa said at a press conference in the Senate. Asked what the President’s reply was, Osmeńa said, “Well, at first he asked for a meeting then he made me ‘indyan’ (a colloquial term which means to stand someone up).” “Walang nangyari (Nothing happened)… That’s alright but the thing is, that’s the way he (Aquino) solves things. He stays with the people that he appointed,” he said. “Like I said managing is not an easy profession and he’s a very poor manager, we know that. He’s a good man, an honest man but he’s an awful manager,” Osmeńa added. Osmeńa said the President and Petilla were good and honest men but both were also “awful” and “poor” managers. “We won’t be having these kind of problems now if they are good managers.”

ALSO: Power restored by March 31–Petilla

Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla said electric cooperatives were working to fully restore power supply in areas ravaged by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” by March 31.
“Slowly we are restoring power. I suggested a deadline of March 31 (to electric cooperatives) and a lot of them have committed,”¯ Petilla said on the sidelines of the groundbreaking of a 150-megawatt coal-fired plant expansion project of Panay Energy Development Corp. here last Friday. About 70 to 80 percent of power supply had been restored in areas hit by the supertyphoon in Iloilo, Antique, Aklan and Capiz provinces and around 50 percent in Leyte and Samar provinces, according to Petilla. He said the restoration efforts were primarily the responsibility of electric cooperatives but the government was helping because of the magnitude of the damage.
The supertyphoon that hit mostly the Visayas on Nov. 8 last year toppled thousands of electric poles and destroyed transmitters and other facilities.


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MANILA, MARCH 17, 2014 (ABS-CBN) by RG Cruz - President Aquino on Wednesday said the most difficult challenge for him during his presidency is the emotional toll it is taking on everyone around him, including his family and his staff.

Speaking at an event of the Ateneo Professional Schools in Makati City, the President said, “The end of my term marks the beginning of normalcy in their lives. I don’t think I am prepared to sacrifice everybody else’s lives.”

Aquino was keynote speaker at an event of the school dubbed as “Four as one: forming leaders for nation building forum," which is part of the 40th anniversary of the professional school.

During the forum, Aquino was more than willing to respond to some questions from deans of the school.

“One of my oldest staff members — oldest meaning, hindi physical age pero yung length of time that she’s been with me — she has this old style calendar na pinupunit niya yung pahina; it marks the number of days left… parang at the end of the day is marked by a joyous occasion for her… when she gets to remove one more page,” Aquino shared.

According to Aquino, he copes by praying, by listening to music -- though he admits finding Adele “depressing."

“At the end of the day, I talk to God, pray to god and say… i ask that may we be made instruments of His will. I am going to listen to some music before I retire. In fact, i am beginning to appreciate classical music these days… I am sure a lot of people here have heard of Adele… kaya lang pag you listen to adele na… parang nakaka-depress afterwards, parang nawawala yung uplifting moments,” the President said.

Adele is famous for her break-up songs.

Aquino said he also finds time to spend with friends.

“From time to time, even something as simple as a meal, you share with some friends. Natuwa ka, nangiti ka. From time to time, may ability ka pa para makangiti ng konti, okay na rin,” he said.

He also doesn’t feel inclined to keep responding to what he referred to as a cottage industry of critics, he said.

“Will i spend most of my time answering the cottage industry of critics that has sprung up? Or di ba, parang Father Oligares advised me noon, ‘Wala sa debate, wala sa usapan, sa gawa na lang.’ And I tend to follow that advice, ‘yong why spend time debating with somebody who will never have an open mind? Why not just do what has to be done,” he noted.

With over 800 days left before his administration ends, Aquino also said his administration is about delivering on the needs of the public, citing the praises his administration has been receiving.

“Yung opposition kasi is parang easiest thing to do e criticize and complain. And in the administration naman you have to produce; and i think we are producing and i think I’ll let their records that they earned speak for itself. We get all of these praises from the foreign business community, from foreign political leaders etcetera on what is happening in transforming the Philippines.”

The chief executive also rallied his fellow Ateneans in government to do well in their jobs.

“President Estrada at one point was talking to UP graduates while i was congressman, then and I overheard a conversation and they said “Alam mo sa dami nyong mga taga-UPng nandito at hindi pa natin napa-asenso itong bansang ito, sarado na natin yung UP,” he said it as a joke.

“Now there are a lot of Ateneans in government. I hope that we really fulfill all our promises coz there might be a call to close the Ateneo naman after that,” he lamented.

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Sisters give Noy reality check By Aurea Calica (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 15, 2014 - 12:00am 23 4310 googleplus2 3

MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino counts on family for support but admits the emotional toll of his job on his loved ones could affect him at times.

Aquino says he is open to good or bad news, and his siblings are the ones who give him a reality check by telling him everything.

“We communicate with each other a lot of times through text. They serve as my eyes and ears to make sure there is no filtering of any news,” the President told students of Hope Christian High School in Sta. Cruz, Manila on Thursday.

“Sila naman, sanay na sanay; kung kailangan kong malaman sasabihin nila sa akin (They are so used to it; if there is anything I need to know, they will tell me),” he said.

He recalled there was too much negative publicity during the time of former President Corazon Aquino.

“We had something like 28 newspapers competing for the best headline every day when my mother was President. And there was truism that negativism sells... If you praise someone, that’s corny,” he said.

The President said they would always get together on Sundays when his mother was alive.

“So I would like to encourage all of you... Cherish all the time in the world with regards to our family. But time is a finite element; maximize our every opportunity while we have it,” he said.

Aquino said he is looking forward to the end of his term so his family members and even close-in staff could enjoy normalcy.

“The end of my term marks the beginning of normalcy in their lives,” he added.

Aquino also said that leaders must not be on a pedestal or detached from their constituents and the people should not be afraid to speak their minds.

He assured the students the country would never go back to dictatorship where freedom of expression was suppressed.

“We are in a democracy. We should have an exchange of ideas. We should be able to talk to our leaders. There should be no leader elevated on a pedestal... and our philosophy is we lead by consensus, we come up with an agreement; we are not being dictated upon. We will no longer go back to dictatorship,” he added.

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Aquino a good man but ‘poor, awful manager’, says Senate ally 11:50 am | Thursday, March 13th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III is a good and honest man but he is an “awful” and “poor” manager, an ally in the Senate said Thursday.

Senator Sergio Osmeńa III made this statement after his advice to the President to fire Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla for lack of focus fell on deaf ears.

“I told the President to fire him (Petilla) two months ago because he’s not focused,” Osmeńa said at a press conference in the Senate.

Asked what the President’s reply was, Osmeńa said, “Well, at first he asked for a meeting then he made me ‘indyan’ (a colloquial term which means to stand someone up).”

“Walang nangyari (Nothing happened)… That’s alright but the thing is, that’s the way he (Aquino) solves things e. He stays with the people that he appointed,” he said.

“Like I said managing is not an easy profession and he’s a very poor manager, we know that. He’s a good man, an honest man but he’s an awful manager,” Osmeńa added.

Osmeńa said the President and Petilla were good and honest men but both were also “awful” and “poor” managers.
“We won’t be having these kind of problems now if they are good managers.”

Aquino ran and won in the presidential elections in 2010 on the strength of his campaign platform against corruption.

He became the standard-bearer of the Liberal Party following the death in August 2009 of his mother and former president Corazon Aquino.

Her legacy of restoring democracy after toppling a 20-year dictatorship with the help of a popular revolt in 1986 and clean image throughout her six-year presidency were transformed into an emotional outpouring of support for Aquino that catapulted him to the highest position in the land.

Power restored by March 31–Petilla By Nestor P. Burgos Jr. Inquirer Visayas 12:08 am | Monday, March 10th, 2014


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ENERGY Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla. RAFFY LERMA

ILOILO CITY, Philippines—Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla said electric cooperatives were working to fully restore power supply in areas ravaged by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” by March 31.

“Slowly we are restoring power. I suggested a deadline of March 31 (to electric cooperatives) and a lot of them have committed,”¯ Petilla said on the sidelines of the groundbreaking of a 150-megawatt coal-fired plant expansion project of Panay Energy Development Corp. here last Friday.

About 70 to 80 percent of power supply had been restored in areas hit by the supertyphoon in Iloilo, Antique, Aklan and Capiz provinces and around 50 percent in Leyte and Samar provinces, according to Petilla.

He said the restoration efforts were primarily the responsibility of electric cooperatives but the government was helping because of the magnitude of the damage.

The supertyphoon that hit mostly the Visayas on Nov. 8 last year toppled thousands of electric poles and destroyed transmitters and other facilities.

In Capiz alone, about 30,000 poles were toppled, according to Capiz Electric Cooperative (Capelco).

Repair crews from electric cooperatives from Mindanao and Luzon have been helping in the restoration efforts through the “Task Force Kapatid”¯ of the National Electrification Administration (NEA).

But electricity could not be restored in houses without roofs and those replaced with tents due to safety concerns, Petilla said.

The government had initially released P3.9 billion through the NEA as assistance to electric cooperatives but this was below the initial estimate of the P5-billion cost of damage, he added.

The amount of assistance will depend on the damage incurred by the cooperatives and the available funds.
The fund would cover the partial cost of damage, he clarified.

“These are government funds for privately operated cooperatives. We need to follow [the defined process],”¯ Petilla said.

Capelco alone had reported P670 million in damage due to the supertyphoon and was assured of a P505-million grant from the government, said Capelco general manager Edgar Diaz in an earlier interview.

Capelco consumers earlier raised the concern that the cost of damage due to the supertyphoon could be passed on to consumers who are already hit hard by Yolanda.


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