An imperfect Presidency

President Aquino should stop feeling insecure about his “imperfection”. No individual is perfect. It’s in the nature of human beings to be imperfect. In the same vein, no leader can ever be perfect. In running the affairs of a nation, mistakes are bound to be made. The important thing is that a leader learns from those mistakes. The worst thing that a leader can do is refuse to acknowledge mistakes, and even try to cover up on the causes of the mistakes.

These are the thoughts that flow through my mind as I pondered upon the statements made by President Aquino yesterday when he faced a panel of three TV journalists in a “no-holds barred” interview on nationwide TV. The Filipino people embraced the President’s brave act of showing complete transparency, but doubts continue to linger about his ability to put certain officials in his immediate circle on the chopping block. From the way he answered some questions, I detected a reluctance to show his displeasure to his close friends even when they committed clear acts of incompetence. President Aquino seemed determine to shield these friends from hostile fire in the arena of public opinion.

It would be unforgivable for the President to just sweep the blunders under the rug and use his popularity to absorb the shock. It will be a betrayal of the people’s trust in him. He can’t continue to govern this way. His energies will be depleted just trying to protect incompetent subordinates. He shouldn’t be afraid to tell close friends they have to go. The presidency is one great big responsibility. He may not be perfect, but he definitely has the power to remove ostensible causes of greater imperfection.