By: Elena Grace Flores
Sen. Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan II, when asked of how he would rate former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III or Pnoy responsed – to leave it up to God and the Filipino people to judge the outgoing and incoming presidents. “God, the Filipino people, history and time will tell of the legacy they will leave behind. The greatest good for the greatest number for the longest time, the strong foundations and institutions they leave behind, the long-term peace unity and prosperity, the future and welfare of our most precious resource: Our children,” Honasan said. (With reports from Mario B. Casayuran, Madel Sabater Namit, and Hannah Torregoza)
As per Manila Bulletin’s report: Neophyte senator Sherwin Gatchalian likewise credited Aquino for his efforts at fighting corruption in the country. “PNoy tried his best to fight corruption and change the culture of impunity in our country. In my opinion he was successful in showing to the public that honesty is still possible in government and it started with him,” Gatchalian said.“However, he neglected the simple but important things to the ordinary Filipino. Simple things such as the MRT or Metro Rail Transit woes, a symbol of apathy towards the people. I give him 6 out of 10,” he said when asked how he would grade Aquino’s performance in the last six years.
Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito is generous and gave the Aquino government a grade of 8.5 for its over-all performance in running the country. “But in terms of infrastructure development, I give his administration a low mark of 4,” Ejercito said. Sen. Vicente “Tito” Sotto III said, “as far as PNoy is concerned, I have no doubts about his sincerity and performance. Some people he has appointed and people below them are the disappointment. They were not on the straight path,” Sotto said.