Sen. Koko Pimentel’s political gamble


Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III

Many would probably think that parlaying personal principle for political expediency will doom Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III’s political career.

Well, not me, and perhaps many more, who thinks that it is about time we start reinventing our manner of choosing candidates to legislate laws in congress and to run the executive branch of our government.

What Koko has shown the Filipino people, when he bolted from the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) because he could not “in conscience” run with former Senator Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri under the same senatorial ticket in the 2013 elections, is a personal and political sacrifice worthy of respect and acclamation.

UNA is the coalition ticket of Vice President Jejomar Binay’s PDP-Laban and former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada’s Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino.

The way politics is played in this country where the unscrupulous would sell his soul just so he or she could rub elbows with Erap, a popular and, alas, a known kingmaker in this country, it is not prudent that you turn your back on him and expect to win.

Even Koko’s father, former Sen. Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr., admitted that his son was taking a risk by leaving UNA.

“There is a price to it, naturally. You don’t just ignore Erap (Estrada) who is a proven vote-getter and has the means to spread his causes,” he said.

“But on the other hand, there is also, I think, a huge segment of the electorate which is looking for principled politics. So if you lose voters from the sector who believes that politics is just political gain, you will also gain from the thinking sector.”

This is what we should all be advocating and supporting if we see idealism in Koko’s move.

It must be remembered that Koko missed the first four years of his six-year term after Zubiri was erroneously declared winner of the 12th and final slot in the 2007 senatorial election.

He was able to assume office only in August last year after Zubiri resigned amid an investigation into alleged election fraud five years ago.

In leaving UNA, Pimentel said he wanted to send the message that political alliances “should be based on principles” or at least, “commonality.”

If by “commonality” Koko meant sharing the same advocacy and principles especially against electoral fraud, impunity and the promotion of a more credible and transparent electoral system, then it would do him and the nation good if he aligns himself with the Liberal Party of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino who shares the same aspiration as him.

The Noynoy-Koko alliance could be an auspicious beginning for this country.

2 comments on “Sen. Koko Pimentel’s political gamble

  1. Butch Paredes says:

    In support to your opinion, when will the “subservient voters” ever become intelligent voters? Homo sapiens is by definition “intelligent being”.. Sorry to say but many of those who “sell” their votes generally become complainants when things go wrong. Voting and letting candidates win wilth questionable moral ascendancy is character of a “myopic mind”. To Sen. Koko, it’s better to be a “just man” than merely to be just a “man”.

    • quierosaber says:

      I like the way you describe the man in your last sentence and how wanting that description is to many of our present batch of senators. You should be yearning the way I do now the olden times when we used to have the likes Sumulong, Tolentino, Marcos (yes, the dictator), Tañada, Manglapus, Puyat, Salonga, Lim, Almendras, Primicias, Aquino (yes, the martyr), and many more distinguished senators worth their salt crafting laws. I missed classes a few times as I got glued to my seat listening over the radio their spellbinding debates. Now we have all kinds of characters in the senate courtesy of what you call “myopic mind” countrymen.

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