Except for his being a staunch critic of Vice President Jejomar Binay, and for a good reason he is doing it, Sen. Antonio Trillanes gets my applause. Other than that he is far from being my political idol. He is so puffed up that one will immediately notice it in his stance, wherever he goes and whatever he does, and it is just so abhorring.
I don’t blame Trillanes for showing utmost loyalty to President Benigno Aquino (PNoy), after all, his association with a popular president not only helped him get elected as senator, but he also saw his nemesis, former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, imprisoned.
Thus, it is understandable that Trillanes’ loyalty to PNoy and the Liberal Party (LP) ends when Interior Secretary Mar Roxas becomes the standard bearer of the party in the presidential election in 2016.
In fact Trillanes has thumbed down Roxas as a “daang matuwid” (straight path) candidate, saying, that the “daang matuwid” defined the term of PNoy while Roxas only represented the Liberal Party.
“To be fair to Secretary Mar Roxas, he’s a decent man. I believe hindi siya corrupt. But what he represents is the Liberal Party. Basically, ang kanilang programa or plataporma ay pagpapatuloy ng nangyayari ngayon. Yung ‘tuwid na daan’ kasi, si Presidente Aquino lang ‘yun. Pero yung Liberal Party per se, I don’t see myself being part of that,” Trillanes said.
(To be fair to Secretary Mar Roxas, he’s a decent man. I believe that he is not a corrupt official. But what he represents is the Liberal Party. Basically, they aim to continue the status quo. President Aquino is the only ‘tuwid na daan.’ I don’t see myself being part of the Liberal Party.)
How wrong could Trillanes be to think that he is a significant cog of the LP, and how presumptuous can he be to suggest to the LP officials that he not be considered as Roxas’ possible running mate.
Trillanes should remember that for almost six years now Roxas has been complementing PNoy, in words and deeds, the idea and the advancement of the “tuwid na daan” policy in governance. What this simply means is that Roxas believes in this advocacy as a foundation for a nation to progress. So why deprive Roxas of this means if it is an excellent vehicle for sustaining the growth and moving the country forward?
Trillanes must be reminded what the duck test is all about relative to PNoy and Roxas. It is usually expressed this way: “If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.”
PNoy and Roxas are one and the same in the way they want to lead the country and it is for this reason that Roxas was anointed to run and succeed PNoy for the “tuwid na daan” to continue being the battle cry.
So let Roxas continue what PNoy has started and let Trillanes do what he thinks is best for him.