As if the Filipino people have not seen enough of the mediocre performances of famous actors in congress, now here comes a toady of shamed former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA), House minority leader Danilo Suarez, who for lack of sagacious judgment for the country, but hungry to be in power once more, has floated the silly idea of having Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. as candidate for president in 2016 elections.
It will be noted that Suarez belongs to the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD), the political party of GMA, who continues to be under hospital arrest.
“Let’s not kid ourselves, he is also a pillar in our political hierarchy and possible candidate for another position. At saka may agimat iyon. Bihira ang senador na merong agimat (And besides, he has an amulet. A senator with an amulet is rare.),” Suarez said.
What a ridiculous assessment of a politician groomed for the presidency coming from an equally cockeyed politician.
Granting that Suarez uttered the last two Tagalog sentences in jest, still he should have realized that the presidency of this country is serious business and should not be liken to movie roles which are solely for entertainment.
“Well, keep in mind that we have seen it once. We have seen it before and we’ve seen it happenning again. It’s different when a candidate comes from the masses and Tagalog films,” Suarez said.
Obviously, Suarez was referring to Joseph Estrada, who won the presidency in 1998, but who was booted out of Malacañang by people power and later charged and convicted for plunder. In the same vein, he was also alluding to Fernando Poe Jr., who run for the presidency in 2004, but got whipped (or robbed?) by GMA.
The fact that Suarez candidly admitted that Lakas-CMD is banking on Revilla’s stature as a movie actor is not only a joke, but also an insult to the intelligence many Filipinos, who simply want actors to stay in the movies where they do best in amusing people and not bring their acting prowess and millions to the legislative and executive branches of government and parlay themselves as public servants. Almost always they end, well, what else, but thespians and clowns.
Public service is not about being a celebrity in the entertainment world. This is the least of the genre from which the Filipino people should be choosing from for public office, especially on the national level.
Public service is about credentials and commitment of selfless endeavor. It is not about more ego boasting.
It is about intellectual work and its realization for the good of the country.