Senator Miriam Santiago’s announcement that she might run for president in 2016 seemed to have lessened some more the chances of Vice President Jejomar Binay from being a runaway winner in the 2016 presidential election, considering that he has been topping the surveys.
I say some more because the people who are perceptive and discerning enough watching the Senate probe live on TV about the corruption allegedly committed by the Binays in Makati, significantly one of which is the scandalously high-priced parking building, would know that somehow honesty and integrity are not values close to the hearts of this political family.
In the same manner that I had been expressing my disgust, and will continue to do so, about the attitude and manner the vice president projects himself as a leader and the political dynasty he is creating, I also had been critical about Miriam in some of my blogs, but, admittedly, complimentary in others, where I found her to be deserving of it.
I could never utter laudatory words for any Binay, much more for the vice president who is seeking the presidency of the country and who seems to be favored by PNoy himself, the Aquino sisters and their relatives by virtue of Binay’s association with Cory Aquino.
Added to it is that Binay has never been a thorn in PNoy’s neck.
But recent events like the Makati corruption probe under the leadership of the Binays, has proven me right about my thoughts and impression of Jejomar Binay.
This will not, however, pull down the standing of Binay in the presidential polls, for others will be quick to claim that Binay’s destruction is politically motivated since those in the forefront of the investigation – Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes – are themselves presidential aspirants.
Thus, Miriam’s entry into the presidential foray in 2016 is a welcome announcement as it could seriously give Binay a run for his money.
If the most respected Constitutionalist, Fr. Joaquin Bernas, is urging Miriam to run for president in 2016, now that she is well into recovery from cancer, wouldn’t be that a better option compared to the rest of the presidentiables?
Whether Bernas was saying it in jest or in all seriousness, does not really matter. The fact is that Miriam is an alternative presidential candidate worth considering.
Miriam has been maligned by critics for being off her rocker.
Well, presidents in this country have come and gone and all proclaiming themselves sound in body and mind.
And, look where we are today?
So, why not try Miriam?
One thing sure is that she will not allow the PDAF scammers to go scot-free, especially Juan Ponce Enrile, but unlike Binay who has Enrile and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada as party mates, Miriam will surely continue what PNoy has started – going after the corrupt in public service – and making the wheels of justice run faster.
Besides, what this country really needs is a competent and fiery president and that spells:
M I R I A M.