There is no doubt that President Benigno Aquino (PNoy) wants somebody strong enough to win in the 2016 presidential election and ensure that his ‘tuwid na daan’ (straight path) program of governance will continue to be implemented to sustain the reforms he has started that has been seen, even by the international community, to be succeeding.
Thus, it is no surprise that until now PNoy has not anointed Roxas as the Liberal Party’s (LP) presidential candidate in 2016 despite the fact that some LP stalwarts are saying that Roxas continues to be PNoy’s preferred presidential bet in next year’s national elections.
I said before that PNoy has an obligation to fulfill his promise to have Roxas succeed him once he steps down in cognizance and in gratitude for Roxas’ noble act of sliding down and letting PNoy be the standard bearer of the LP during the 2010 national elections.
But the way the presidential race is evolving and the most recent presidential survey is manifesting, PNoy, certainly, finds himself in quandary whether it is more rational and worthy to honor a commitment he has promised to a good and loyal friend and supporter or to see his legacy of ‘tuwid na daan’ advocacy abandoned and his dreams for uplifting the lives of his countrymen shattered?
What is important to PNoy now and how does he envision the future? Choosing Roxas or choosing somebody else who PNoy knows will continue governing the country the way he sees fit for it to develop further and move forward?
There is no doubt that Roxas can pick up where PNoy will be leaving off, but the question is: Can Roxas win the presidency in 2016?
In the most recent Pulse Asia survey on preferred presidential contenders for 2016, we are now seeing Senator Grace Poe overtaking Vice President Jejomar Binay.
After a long time staying on top, not only has the serious, unanswered corruption charges taken a toll on Binay’s candidacy, but also the irresponsible and inconsiderate utterances made by Binay’s spokesperson made it possible for Binay to lose grounds behind Poe.
Coming third with a preference rating nationwide of 15% is Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who has not even declared yet his candidacy. Binay had 22% against Poe’s 30%.
So, what about Roxas, the LP presumptive standard-bearer in 2016? Unfortunately, Roxas landed fourth with 10% preference rating and tied with Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, of all people, though the latter is not keen anymore on the presidency.
Could the survey results be giving PNoy all the more reason to be talking to Sen. Grace Poe now and in the future?
I don’t see by any way, shape and form how Roxas will ever be the people’s preference between now and 2016. He is a loser – period.
Thus, if PNoy wants his ‘tuwid na daan’ advocacy to continue well beyond his term and see the country progress and the people’s welfare uplifted, then he should convince Roxas not to run because the latter would only spoil what dreams PNoy has for the country. The survey even showed Binay beating Roxas in the Visayas, when this is supposed to be Roxas’ domain.
Whether Poe runs as an independent or as an LP guest candidate, ‘tuwid na daan’ will also be her mantra, not because PNoy wills it, but because it is in Poe’s deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA).
What I am simply saying is that PNoy and the LP should stop vetting at a loser who will only bring the country to perdition, if, God forbids, Poe decides not to run for president, but the vice presidency instead, thus, catapulting Binay to Malacañang in the process.