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Aquino denies 'Noynoying' in office

'Noynoying,' the new protest form that mimics President Benigno Aquino III's alleged inaction, has been adopted by overseas Filipino workers.

InterAksyon.com
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BAGUIO CITY, Philippines - President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III said he has 'all of the statistics' to debunk the very notion of "Noynoying," the new form of protest that portrays his supposed 'inaction' over problems besetting the country.

Noynoying, in which people strike poses depicting idleness, was introduced by activists during last week’s protest against oil price hikes and. Initially dismissed by Malacanang spokesman Edwin Lacierda as “propaganda (that) will not sell to the public,” the quick trending of the novel protest prompted Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma to call it “degrading.”

“I think I should just ignore that,” Aquino said during a tete-a-tete with reporters Sunday evening.

Eventually, however, he gave a mouthful on "Noynoying", denying its connotation and defending his administration’s performance record.

"Honestly, how do you show the truth to people who do not want to see?" he asked. "How do you make people listen to you if they do not want to listen?"

He said his administration has not been remiss, citing the various investments and infrastructure projects in Metro Manila alone.

Aquino said Filipinos now have a stronger purchasing power, claiming that the majority of mall goers actually buy something instead of just window-shopping.

He also cited the 21 times in his 21 months in office that the stock market has set records, the most recent, the Philippine Stock Exchange index’s breaching of the 5,000 mark last week.

“When they say that I am not doing anything and our situation is turning downhill, what conclusion can we form from that? Are they looking (at what we have accomplished)? Are they listening to us?” he said.

“If they do not want (to acknowledge our accomplishments), what can I do? I will just do what I think is right and I think this has brought us (positive) results,” he added.

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