As expected Malacanang defended President Noynoy Aquino’s purchase of a luxury vehicle reportedly at a cost of P4.5 million pesos. According to the palace, the president bought the “third-hand, entry-level” Porsche using personal funds.
I’m willing to give Malacanang and the President the benefit of the doubt. After all it’s not that difficult to imagine Mr. Aquino having the means to buy whatever he wants. What’s P4.5 million anyway to a Cojuangco?
I’m wondering though if the President thought twice before he decided to make that purchase. I mean he should know that anything he does will be scrutinized. And what about the bright boys and girls handling his image-building machinery? Did they even try to discourage him?
Perhaps they didn’t realize that the timing is really bad. Just this week the Department of Transportation and Communications announced the new rates of the MRT and LRT. Also very recently, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board announced an increase in taxi fare. We know how these were received by the general public.
Incidentally, Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma practically dismissed all concerns raised about these increases. Coloma said it’s all part of progress. I wonder what progress Coloma was talking about?
For now, let’s ask the question many of us are itching to blurt out: Whatever happened to being a simple president?
Remember that hotdog lunch in New York, which Malacanang used to try to establish that President Aquino is so much simpler than former President Gloria Arroyo? I hate to point out the obvious, but this thing with the Porsche makes it clear that President Aquino is not simple, well, at least, not in the way they say he is.
But what do I care that our President has a taste for expensive vehicles? As far as I’m concerned, he can buy whatever he wants as long as he uses his own money. Yun ang trip niya eh.
I do wonder though how the rabid yellow horde are taking this. Remember, Aquino’s supposed simplicity was one of the reasons why they supported him. If I were one of them, I’d really feel embarrassed now.