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Palace: Aquino listens to constructive criticism

Posted On 2014 Jan 13
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TOKYO, Japan – Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III along with fellow regional leaders offers a toast during the Luncheon Meeting hosted by Keidanren and the Japan Chamber of Commerce and industry (JCCI) at the Golden Room of the Keidanren Kaikan in 1-3-2 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo on Saturday (December 14, 2013) at the sidelines of the ASEAN – Japan Commemorative Summit. At the summit, the Leaders of ASEAN and Japan will primarily set the future (long-term) direction of ASEAN-Japan relations, to cover politico-security, economic and socio-cultural cooperation.  They will also exchange views on regional and international issues. (PLDT powered by SMART) (Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

TOKYO, Japan – Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III along with fellow regional leaders offers a toast during the Luncheon Meeting hosted by Keidanren and the Japan Chamber of Commerce and industry (JCCI) at the Golden Room of the Keidanren Kaikan in 1-3-2 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo on Saturday (December 14, 2013) at the sidelines of the ASEAN – Japan Commemorative Summit. At the summit, the Leaders of ASEAN and Japan will primarily set the future (long-term) direction of ASEAN-Japan relations, to cover politico-security, economic and socio-cultural cooperation. They will also exchange views on regional and international issues. (PLDT powered by SMART) (Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – While he will ignore baseless criticisms against him, President Benigno S. Aquino III and his administration will listen to those that are constructive, Malacañang maintained Wednesday.

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said that while the President would ignore baseless accusations as a New Year’s resolution, he will heed those that can lead to a solution.

“Let’s be clear… There are criticisms that are very constructive and can be a source of encouragement for us. Not all criticisms are bad but there are those that do not contribute to the national discourse,” he said at a media briefing.

He said the administration may study criticisms that “can help us in furthering good governance.”

On Tuesday, the President told high school students who called on him at the Palace that he would ignore baseless criticisms.

Meanwhile, Lacierda said the Cabinet has gotten used to the high standard of governance set by the President.

The President had said he would be more understanding of his Cabinet secretaries this year. (MNS)

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