Okay, we get it. President Noynoy Aquino is such a sensitive man that he doesn't like using wang-wang in traffic. Or cutting in line when he renews his driver's license. So when he went to the Land Transportation Office branch in Tayuman, Manila, today--two days before his 54th birthday on February 8th--to get a fresh license card, he brought with him an entire cortège that included his bodyguards, Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, and several press photographers...and then put on a grand spectacle of his license renewal.
Now, let's be clear here: We admire the President for at least agreeing to stage this show, which we suspect was the brainchild of his image handlers. At least we know we have a leader who understands the importance of looking good in the eyes of the people he governs. We just have something to say about this.
By mounting this show and trying to persuade us that he didn't want to inconvenience anyone by jumping the queue, the President actually did just the opposite: He did inconvenience everyone. We bet you whatever amount you have in your pocket right now that PNoy's mere presence in that LTO branch all the more increased everyone else's waiting time. Imagine the major production that had to be done in order to put together this PR stunt. Check out his retinue. The waiting area for those renewing their licenses is already crowded to begin with. Throw in the most powerful man in the land and, well, you suddenly have a circus.
It's okay, Mr. President. You can have your driver's license renewed via special means. We won't begrudge you that. You've earned the privilege. In fact, we're kind of miffed that you wasted precious time with that theatrical performance when you could have spent it on more important--and truly pressing--concerns.
Thank you, Mr. President, for caring about our feelings--for caring enough to want to convince us you don't get the VIP treatment. But we'd really like for you to show it with substance. We won't mind stepping aside for you at the LTO. Just be one of us when it really counts.
Photos from President Noynoy Aquino's Facebook page