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Malacanang on former US Ambassador Kristie Kenney ‘s views on Aquino

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The unbecoming  cable assessment of former United States ambassador to the Philippines Kristie Kenney on President Benigno Aquino III when he was  a senator was "clearly wrong". This was stated by  a Malacañang official said on Sunday.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte claimed that  in spite of the unpleasant secret cables made by Kenney, the Palace will not do anything against the US ambassador.

"You can ask anybody, the assessment is clearly wrong. You can see it in the performance of the President," Valte said.

According to Kenney, she  described the former  senator Aquino as "diffident and unassertive" when he was still running for presidency in 2010.

The comments  were published by an anti-secrecy website Wikileaks.

The series of cable was filed by Kenney after Aquino visited  the US envoy at her home in January 2010.

Kenney, who was unimpressed with the son of late democracy icon and former President Corazon Aquino, said Aquino "left the impression of a diffident, unassertive man continuing a political tradition handed on by his parents but not carving his own legacy."

"It remains unclear whether Aquino can turn his shy, reserved qualities into strengths," she added.

Judging Aquino to other presidential candidates, she said the former senator was "vague" on the policies that he would pursue if he won office.

"To put it very frankly and very clearly, the assessment was clearly wrong," said Valte.

Meanwhile,  Valte refuted that the leaked cables have connection with Aquino’s recent visit to China.

"Let us not read into it any more. We take it at its face value," she said.
 


  • Anonymous

    Everything she said about Noynoy is true! Kenney was just being honest!

  • Jimcrickneck

    I think she somewhat understated it

  • http://twitter.com/hugmehearth leonardo

    Paano nila minamali? Corruption Index: Highly Corrupt (0) No Corruption(10)
    Philippines in 2003 was 2.6, 2004 was 2.5, 2005 was 2.6, 2006 was 2.5, 2007 was 2.5, 2008 was 2.5, 2009 was 2.3, 2010 was 2.4, 2011 is 2.6 

    Last years ranking out of 178 countries we are 134 and this year we are 129 out of 183 countries. Tataas talaga ranking natin dahil dumami yung number ng countries at dumami ang corrupt na bansa. In reality mas talamak ang corruption ngayon than last two years.