Inside Man

His Excellency's parting gifts


Used to long goodbyes

President B. S. Aquino is no stranger to long goodbyes. A happy childhood in Times Street, exciting but vicariously fearful times in Boston, the tumultuous years of Mum's reign, that stint in the House of Representatives and the camaraderie at the famous Jesuit Law School, rekindled from time to time in Consulado. Leaving Bahay Pangarap (House of Dreams) by the riverside Palace of Malacanang is no different. There's the choosing of memorabilia, to throw, give away and take home. Then there's the placement of loyal staff who would either go their separate way, follow him, or choose to wait on the new master of the Palace.

Presents for the future


But unlike his previous departures, he leaves a lot of parting gifts, and consequences of his decisions, many of which we will tackle on another occasion by a laundry list for whoever is the King of the Palace. Whatever his record of service to the Nation is and the millions of brick bats we in the Media have thrown at him, we will, for the last time, give him unsolicited advice in order to ensure that the gifts of infrastructure that he leaves us behind are gifts that we will appreciate in the many administrations to come.

A toast to the future

As a keen driver, like his favored presidential candidate, he would surely enjoy cruising through all these new roads when he turns Citizen Pnoy. He now faces a new future, a future that he has embellished with his successes and his mistakes. Nevermind the accolades; they make for good trading puns when gathering with his college buddies at their favorite watering hole. He knows that he will have to face the music for what his detractors hold him responsible for, but he rests in the assurance of his good intentions. He will now live in this new Republic, hopefully thankful for the chance of having served the nation the way his Mum and Pop did, and like them, gave it all he had.

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