My wish is that Noynoy remain President of the Philippines for the next five and a half years constituting the remainder of his term. Come hell or high water, Noynoy should sit in Malacanang and be the President. Filipinos deserve Noynoy, and deserve him over the next five and a half years.
Noynoy may keep reminding Filipinos that he was hoodwinked into running for President back in 2009 'til the cows come home as he does here:
When I was being asked to run, I did say there were people who came up to me and approached me and said, we know you will not be able to change our country from black to white. Perhaps, as my father would put it, our mission is to make it grey, the grey which is the in between step, lighter and lighter in shade until we get to the white. And we will be there with you. And so when I accepted the challenge of running first and then running this country, running for the campaign and then running this country. In the back of my mind, I was I accepting on behalf of all of the people who egged me to run. Therefore, those of you who are absent and not helping us, I hope my parents visit you one of these days.
But, see, the only thing that is relevant today is that he did run for President in 2009 and won. Perhaps he thought at the time that going into a "retreat" to seek "divine" guidance in that tough decision he had to make back then would dilute accountability for the result of that decision. Perhaps he thought then that God would be party to that milestone in Philippine history that saw him go down the road to Malacanang. Whether or not it is "God's will" (as that "retreat" would imply now) that Noynoy is the President of the Philippines today we will never know. God is something -- or someone -- better off understood when one is dead. For now, all of us who are subject to Noynoy's rule are alive. And much of the issues he needs to lead the Filipino people through are issues that are relevant to the living.
The irony that Filipinos need to come to terms with is that to learn from this unfortunate situation of having a man like Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III rule as President of the Philippines, Filipinos will need to subject themselves to his presidency for the full term that a President is obliged to serve. Choosing a man to be President is a responsibility and electing him to the Presidency is a commitment.
Filipinos deserve all of six years of a Noynoy Aquino presidency. We owe it to ourselves to learn from that experience.