As expected, President Benigno Aquino (PNoy) has finally announced his support for Interior Secretary Mar Roxas in the 2016 presidential election.
In truth, there is nobody more able, competent and ready to succeed PNoy, hitting the ground running even on its first day, than Roxas.
Even Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada has good words for Roxas, describing the latter “incorruptible and qualified”. Having used these adjectives to describe Roxas, obviously Erap could no longer or, more simply said, could not use and apply the same personal attributes to his friend, Vice President Jejomar Binay.
Erap’s first-hand knowledge stems from the fact that Roxas was his secretary of Trade and Industry from 2000 to 2003 during his presidency.
But, despite this apt description of Erap and many others in the Aquino government about Roxas, the sad reality is that PNoy’s anointed one lags behind badly among the 2016 presidential candidates in poll surveys.
I, for one, has been very skeptical about Roxas’ chances of winning even if he has the Liberal Party (LP) machinery in place. Somehow there is a disconnect between Roxas and some middle, but more of the lower classes of our society.
Though no fault of Mar, his being a Roxas, and having the bloodline of the Aranetas, seem to be factors that are generating negative results in the popularity and trust ratings in surveys conducted. The perception coming from this group of constituency could be that because one belongs to an aristocratic family that Mar will not care much for the poor.
Indeed, this is an unfair belief and expectation by some group of people on Mar. Unfortunately this is being taken advantage of and played up by the leading opposition candidate today.
Having said that, will Mar’s endorsement now by PNoy and the biggest political party, the LP, help him increase or improve his ranking in the poll ratings?
Perhaps, but not enough to overhaul Binay’s lead and harder even to catch up with Sen. Grace Poe’s, who has not even declared yet his candidacy, but is leading the pack in the presidential surveys.
What I am simply saying here is that for Roxas to top the surveys from here on, it is important and a must that whomever he chooses to be his running mate will have the competence to govern, the charisma to be on top of the vice presidential surveys and the eloquence to be able to convince the Filipino people coming from different group and classes in our society that the best man to succeed PNoy and continue pushing forward the “matuwid na daan” (straight path) policy of governance, sustaining the growth and progress already attained and acknowledged by the world community is nobody else but Mar Roxas.
Whoever Roxas’ veep may be, he or she must be popular enough and competent enough to carry, push Mar up and increase his approval and trust ratings.
And, please, don’t let it be Vilma Santos, for Chrissake! ! it is not her kind of popularity that I am talking about.
Otherwise, I will just go for Miriam, who has better chance of winning the presidency than Roxas has, and still be able to run the country effectively.