Malacañang rebukes Senator Juan Ponce Enrile for taunting President Benigno Aquino III’s capacity to respond on issues of national security, welfare and emergency.
Senator Enrile said: "3-day President si Pangulong Aquino." (President Aquino is a 3-day President). The Senator pointed out how the President needs 3 days of planning and discussion before he can react to national issues, such as the Mamasapano incident, Bagyong Yolanda, and in recent events, the Kidapawan incident and the money laundering scheme.
According to Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma, the President keeps a close and watchful eye on all national affairs in order to ensure a safe and effective course of action that adequately responds to the needs of Filipinos, both within the country and worldwide.
Coloma adds that the President also prefers to follow a course of action that is consistent with the decisions of the members of the Cabinet and other Government officials.
Furthermore, Coloma believes that the Senator, who was a member of the Cabinet of President Ferdinand Marcos, carries this mentality because it was borne out of the style of governance he was exposed to during the Marcos dictatorship.
Senator Enrile expressed his dissatisfaction with President Aquino's administration during a forum at the Senate on the Anti-Money Laundering Council's action on the money-laundering scheme. From Senator Enrile's point of view, the President needed to take time to think. He lacked spontaneity - a value that could have mitigated the effects of the injustices caused by the people on the ground that he claimed to be serving. He strongly believed that the President's lofty ideals of growth could not be achieved because they themselves do not understand the lives of the most vulnerable citizens in his country - something that could have better been understood and addressed under the Marcos regime.