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Noynoying et al

Written By Jane Miranda on Sunday, March 25, 2012 | Sunday, March 25, 2012

In retrospect, maybe planking – the hipster practice of lying face-down in odd areas, often as a form of political protest – wasn’t quite so bad. Now anti-government protesters in the Philippines have found a new way to poke fun at President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III. They call it “Noynoying.”
Basically, Noynoying involves sitting around staring into space, much like Mr. Aquino supposedly does instead of running the country, at least according to some of his critics. In recent days, farmers have thrown laissez-faire poses on the steps of the Philippines Supreme Court while waiting for a land-ownership ruling. Student activists, meanwhile, embraced the tactic last week as a way to avoid getting arrested after Metro Manila authorities threatened to detain any demonstrators caught planking. Local newspapers pictured several students last week lounging around stifling yawns as a protest against what they view as the government’s reluctance to stop gas prices rising.

Like planking, Noynoying can be done almost anywhere, but has the advantage of enabling people to do it in any position they like, political activist Vencer Crisostomo told the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper. That could include standing up, sitting down, or even lying on your back. “The important thing is that you’re doing nothing,” Mr. Crisostomo said.

juantamadNoynoying plays on the widespread perception that Mr. Aquino – who is widely known by the nickname Noynoy – might not be the most hands-on president to have led the Philippines. Since being elected in a landslide in 2010, Mr. Aquino has sometimes been caught laughing it up with celebrities instead of attending to the impact of typhoons and other disasters. It also taps into old Philippine folk tales about Juan Tamad, or Lazy Juan, who manages to get by doing the least amount of work to get by.

Mr. Aquino, though, isn’t taking accusations that he sleeps on the job lying down, as it were. The media affairs team at the Presidential Palace has been issuing a series of photographs of the president at work to counter the notion that he is goofing off. The shots show him doing paperwork, inspecting sites and holding meetings.

Mr. Aquino addressed the issue himself at the weekend, telling reporters in Baguio City that some people just don’t want to recognize his achievements, and pointed to record highs at the Philippine Stock Exchange as proof that his administration is having an impact. Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad, meanwhile, predicted that the craze for Noynoying would soon die out.

It’s unlikely that political activists will give up on Noynoying just yet, though. Given the number of people routinely loitering around public buildings in the Philippines on any given day, Noynoying seems an easy way to trick people into thinking their protests are larger than they really are.
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by David- "He also cited the 21 times in his 21 months in office that the stock market has set records, the most recent, the Philippine Stock Exchange index’s breaching of the 5,000 mark last week".

This is not due to HIS administration doing a good job, this is merely because the western countries are on a downhill financially. He should not take credit for something that he did not do. Everything he said was vague and generalize, Not one instance of what he actually did.

"Aquino said Filipinos now have a stronger purchasing power, claiming that the majority of mall goers actually buy something instead of just window-shopping" -> Is this not also due to the fact that Filipinos are going out of the country more than ever for work? OFWs that his administration does not even help. Look at POEA processing? Ever try to register in poea? it will make your blood boil.

by Rodney- "Please stop talking about the stock market as your doing, reality is oil prices are skyrocketing everyday, prices of basic commodities with it, unemployment is very high, congress and the senate are distracted because of your political agenda. Now embassies are closed because of lack of funds, a great disservice to our OFWs who until now is the only equalizer of our economy...Stop the talk and just do the's ANOYNOYING already.... "

by Jun- "In Mandarin, nuyi (奴役) = enslave and ying (赢) = benefit. So #noynoying in Chinese is nuy-nuy-ying, means to continually enslave for profit".

source:the wall street journal 

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