Since taking office in June, he has proposed scant new legislation and promised little. His speeches are filled with platitudes and swipes at his unpopular predecessor, Gloria Arroyo-Macapagal. Nor is Mr Aquino obviously interested in foreign affairs; he is a reluctant flyer and has cancelled several trips abroad. "He's not a statesman," sniffs one Asian diplomat.
They make other pointed observations...
(1) "he has tiptoed around a disaster that took place in August after a disgraced former police officer hijacked a tourist bus in Manila";
(2) "[his government] is packed with people whose main qualification is their loyalty to his family"; and therefore,
(3) his inclination to be fair in the dispensation of "justice" that was the cornerstone of his campaign blurbs are suspect: "Mr Aquino has ruled out prosecuting any official" and as such, "Rico Puno, the deputy interior minister, who also served President Corazon Aquino, the incumbent's mother, [...] will face no sanction".
Noynoy's possible saving grace?
Stick to his guns on his position on Reproductive Health...
According to a recent opinion poll, 64% of the electorate would support a politician who promoted "modern methods" of family planning. If Mr Aquino would take this as a vote of confidence in his nascent stand, he could do lasting good.
It's simple, really™ -- though not for the small-minded.