MANILA (Mabuhay) – With 280 days left before he steps down from office, President Benigno Aquino III said he believes majority of Filipinos would think he performed beyond what was expected of him.
“For the bulk, I think they will say that we went beyond expectations. And when we say bulk, talagang overwhelming majority,” Aquino said in an interview with ANC’s Tina Monzon Palma Tuesday night.
“But I submit that there is a contrarian group that exists anywhere in the world now and then of course the cottage industry of my critics,” Aquino added.
Regardless, Aquino, who was once a reluctant president, said it was “really an honor” for him to serve the Filipino people.
Aquino said his administration’s “greatest achievement” is changing the public attitude towards its government.
“Before, people were so apathetic, they just gave up…Now, we have everybody’s inputs,” he said.
“I won’t say I’d like all of these criticisms but the point is the legitimate rights are indicative that they do believe that government can effect positive changes as oppose to what we inherited, which is apathy. That I think is the greatest achievement.” Aquino added.
Asked how he defines his leadership style, Aquino said he doesn’t micromanage.
“I’d like to think I am a consensus builder. Siguro, I really have an allergy to being dictatorial thereby, I really-we will have very, very thorough discussions,” he said.(MNS)