A few days ago I wrote about President Benigno Aquino’s (PNoy) dilemma. (https://quierosaber.wordpress.com/2015/07/13/president-aquinos-dilemma/)
I thought then that the main reason why it was taking PNoy a long time to decide who to anoint as his successor was because he wanted to make sure his choice would be seen by the Filipino people as one that is good and beneficial for the country – to carry on his reforms for good governance and continue advocating the ‘tuwid na daan’ (straight path) policy beyond 2016.
So, it is not really just a matter of choosing between a good friend and a loyal party mate who also champions the straight path policy, but perceived to be a loser in the person of Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, and the preferred presidential candidate in surveys, Sen. Grace Poe, who is also a strong supporter of the straight path policy and who can be trusted to carry on the legacy of good governance that PNoy has started.
Now it can be said that, more than anything, the dilemma that Pnoy has is not just about his own personal choice, but rather taking into consideration also who will be the Liberal Party’s (LP) coalition partner’s preferred candidate for president and vice president in 2016 elections.
Needless to say that PNoy, at this time, cannot afford to make a unilateral decision as to his choices, impose them and risk the disgruntlement of some coalition partners. Consensus and unity is more important now for PNoy and the ruling party, the LP.
Breaking the coalition and having more presidential and vice presidential candidates to choose from in 2016 is the worst thing that could happen to PNoy.
We can only hope and pray that a consensus of an acceptable tandem can be reached by the parties concerned to ensure victory in 2016 that would sustain the momentum of growth and development the country is having today.
Otherwise, it will be back to woeful years, especially if the voters keep on swallowing Vice President Jejomar Binay’s bait.