This is payback time for President Benigno Aquino (PNoy) to anoint Interior Secretary Mar Roxas as his presidential bet for the 2016 elections. It cannot be somebody else and there could be no other way.
PNoy owe it to Roxas for stepping aside in 2010, heeding the clamor from the people that they wanted him to be the LP standard bearer with Roxas as his running mate instead.
It would not have mattered much if Roxas became the elected vice president, but dejectedly he lost to Jejomar Binay.
Thus, for the 2016 presidential race, PNoy has to be gentleman enough to do what Roxas did for him in 2010.
As Roxas showed his “ability to sacrifice”, so should PNoy now show his “ability to recognize” Roxas’ worth as a member of his cabinet and as an excellent presidential material who is apt to continue his “tuwid na daan” (straight path) advocacy.
The question now, however, is if PNoy’s endorsement of Roxas will translate to the latter clinching the presidency in 2016?
We all know how Roxas is faring in the presidential surveys compared to others and especially against his former nemesis, now Vice President Binay, despite the latter’s woes on corrupt practices.
So how could Roxas turn around his chances of winning against Binay?
The only way Roxas could trounce Binay is if and when the former will muster enough courage to tell Aquino that Binay is one cabinet member that does not reflect his “tuwid na daan” advocacy because of the serious corruption charges he is facing and should therefore be given the door.
The LP stalwarts are saying that whomever PNoy endorses for the presidency will win, but I don’t think this will apply even to Roxas, if PNoy continues to keep Binay under his wings, too.
Whichever way one looks at it Roxas continues to be a loser against Binay, but not if PNoy axes Binay and the people will construe it as PNoy exhibiting a political will.
But then, endorsing Roxas and keeping Binay in the cabinet is simply PNoy’s political stratagem. He will not do the unthinkable. He will simply wait that Binay will decide on his own to quit his cabinet and thank PNoy for ever everything – including trust and confidence. This way there is no bad blood between them.
Whoever wins PNoy will forever be ensured of a quiet, court case-free life after his presidency.