By Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News
BATANGAS CITY – Aside from monitoring developments on Typhoon Chedeng, President Aquino said he plans to have “quiet time” this Holy Week, as well as pray for people who hate him.
“Siyempre ang headlines kaninang umaga does not induce one to have quiet moments,” he told reporters on Wednesday. “But at the end of the day, siguro pagmumunimuhinan ko ‘yong, some quarters have this intense hate that they have continuously exhibited.”
“Well I’ll concentrate on praying for them,” he added without naming names.
The President has come under heavy criticism recently following the bungled January 25 police mission in Mamasapano, Maguindanao where 44 elite cops died after an encounter with rebel forces.
Critics scored President Aquino for entrusting the operation to a suspended police official and for his perceived lack of empathy for the victims’ families.
He has taken responsibility for the incident but not apologized, saying key officials fed him lies about the status of the operation.
The incident, however, has put the fate of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law in peril, with several lawmakers withdrawing support for it and vowing not to pass it without amendments.
The bill, a priority of the Aquino administration, seeks to create a new Muslim-led autonomous region in Mindanao and end decades of armed conflict between government forces and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.