When the President of the Philippines buys himself a Porsche, his spokesman needs to emphasize that "personal funds [were used] for the purchase". That's the sort of society that the Philippines is -- a society where presumption of thieving intent always trumps benefit of the doubt. It seems that even the squeaky clean image of President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III fails to break a mindset forged in the furnace of banal thievery of Philippine society.
I maintain that Noynoy can do whatever he wants to do with his money. His inability to put his private tastes on hold for the six years that he will be serving as president should allow us to rest assured that he remains consistent with the bases with which we selected him to be our leader.
Lest we forget, Noynoy is The Reluctant One -- a man to whom the presidency was served on a silver platter. Perhaps, unlike other candidates who wanted the presidency really badly, and would therefore immerse themselves with gusto in the role upon acquiring it (easily stepping up from private citizenship to the top public office), Noynoy nonchalantly sauntered into that coveted seat in Malacañang while his other foot literally remained planted in his parents' ancestral house. Now he wants his other foot on the pedal of a fine German automobile -- even as hundreds of thousands of Filipinos are impacted by torrential floods all over the country.
I don't blame him. After all, how much can you do in six years in a country impoverished not within one particular period, not on account of one particular identifiable factor, and certainly not as a result of one particular person's ill intentions? And Noynoy is one man with a taste for fast cars. Let The Reluctant One be. After all, we elected him not with the sort of high expectations one could expect from a qualified leader, but for his being a pedigreed man. So why be critical now?