There is no doubt we are seeing more work and favorable results for the country with President Benigno Aquino (PNoy) at the helm and we would like to see it sustained even after his term.
Whether we call it progress or good governance, the fact is we need a leader in the mold of PNoy – honest, diligent and committed to his work – to succeed him in continuing the development of the country making it respectable in the eyes of the international community.
Never mind his being vengeful and bullheaded sometimes for a long as he has the interest of the nation foremost in mind.
The question now is: Does the LP have in its rank somebody to fill in the shoes of PNoy?
Yes, perhaps out of courtesy, the name of Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas is always mentioned. One has to remember that Roxas sacrificed his presidential ambition in 2010 in favor of PNoy whose popularity as presidential timber surged after the death of his mother, former President Cory Aquino. He became PNoy’s running mate instead, but ultimately lost to Jejomar Binay.
This is where the LP dilemma starts.
Roxas may be the most qualified among the aspirants mentioned now, but that loss to Binay has tainted his personality and to this day has stuck like a bad omen in him that even in presidential surveys, he is lagging poorly. And what is even more degrading is that Binay continues to lead the surveys by a wide margin.
If Roxas could not be half as good as the late Jesse Robredo as Interior Secretary, especially with the way he responded to the immediate post-Yolanda devastation, which is a yoke he is carrying to this day, could he be half as good as PNoy?
There is not only doubt in Roxas’ winnability, but there also exist doubt in his capability as PNoy’s competent successor. And there is even no mention yet if his wife, the outspoken Korina Sanchez, is an added weight to the yoke he is already carrying.
Could this be the reason why PNoy continues to float trial balloons to feel the pulse of the public whether or not the general assessment is for him to run for a second term?
But of course PNoy will not do that. He has enough sense in his head not to appear as heel in the family where their parents are considered heroes in their own rights. Besides, who really wants to be harshly judged by history?
And so the LP dilemma continues.
Some politician says that whoever PNoy anoints and supports will have the advantage and certain to win. This may be true for others except Roxas whose standing in the poll surveys define how he is regarded by many Filipinos.
Is Binay still considered unbeatable? Well, the way Senators Peter Alan Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes has exposed Binay from being a boy scout and reliable to being untrustworthy and corrupt in the Senate blue ribbon committee probing the Makati building anomaly, leaves also some doubts in people’s mind if the man is for real and apt for the presidency.
Binay has to refute the allegations that he has received kickbacks from contractors and prove beyond any reasonable doubt that his hands are clean. Until then, his credibility will always be in question.
Binay should remember Abraham Lincoln’s famous quote: “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”
Binay’s close association with the Estradas, Joseph and Jinggoy, only adds negativity to his candidacy for president.
The LP dilemma could only be solved if there was an alliance of parties and PNoy should be open to that for the interest of country.
What it will take is for the other party to accept and agree to continue PNoy’s reform agenda.
So, who should PNoy put his trust on?
Santiago? Cayetano? Trillanes? Escudero? Poe? A corporate CEO?
Your guess is just as good as mine.
We can only cross our fingers and hope for the best.