Are Unemployed Housewives Noynoying Too?

Noynoying in a different angle, a now-popular form of expressing one self against government non-performance on the streets of Manila.

It triggers deep interest on this writer each time women present themselves in an ackward manner. Am referring to a situation when they occupy the front stools of small retail (sari-sari or tingi) store, not buying or doing anything of much important but instead chatter and “do” among others- look for live lice on another’s head. And the ultimate reward for the search is crushing the tiny, crawling pest between the big thumbs.

This ackward chore before the public eye is now considered normal and acceptable among the local folks hereabout. But still, I would prefer they do it within the four walls and privacy of their homes. Am not saying it is bad, only that it is more proper done behind closed doors. Or, maybe, it is one way of sending a message to whoever it is deeply concerned that many of the folks have more time doing nothing due to the absence of available jobs.

But hey, the past weeks, we witnessed mass actions of the more concerned and younger people in Manila in protest of the many shortcomings of the current administration. Yes, am referring to the newest form of protest now “officially” known as noynoying.

According to Wikipedia: “Noynoying (pronounced noy-noy-ying) is a protest gimmick in the form of neologism which critics of Philippine president Benigno Aquino III have used to question his work ethic, alleging inaction on the issues of disaster response and of rising oil prices. A play on the term planking and Aquino’s nickname, “Noynoy”, Noynoying involves posing in a lazy manner, such as sitting idly while resting their heads on one hand and doing nothing.

Meanwhile, pundit Federico D. Pascual Jr. wrote that the reason why Noynoying has caught the attention of the public and even international media because “it is true.” He even claimed that while the Wikipedia entry of Noynoying was subject to deletion, the newly-coined word would take root, “thanks to Noynoy Aquino himself.” Bobby Nalzaro of Sun Star Cebu “partly agreed” that Noynoying protests was not far from a word he coined to describe Aquino: AIDS (As If Doing Something). “P-Noy has focused on his anti-corruption campaign and has neglected the other aspects of his governance,” Nalzaro wrote.

Jojo A. Robles of Manila Standard Today shared his “comprehensive definition” of Noynoying: Where Aquino does things he believes are important, like removing Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona from office, even if these do nothing to improve the lives of Filipinos. He concluded: “In other words, Aquino is ‘Noynoying’ when he appears to be really doing nothing important and, worse, when he disappears from public view, which he does periodically. But when Aquino does emerge from his regular disappearances and exerts his energies exclusively on the things that he considers his priorities, he is not ‘Noynoying’—he is merely out of touch and increasingly irrelevant.”

But while the noynoying protest scenes in the capital region get enough coverage by both the “yellow” and alternative press, there is no guarantee that a positive action from the concerned will be happening any sooner.

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