LP should stop courting Poe as vice presidential bet

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas flanked by Senators Grace Poe and Chiz Escudero

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas flanked by Senators Grace Poe and Chiz Escudero

I think the time is up when Liberal Party (LP) stalwarts, including the party’s presidential candidate, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, should stop wooing Sen. Grace Poe to be the latter’s running mate in the 2016 elections.

It is not as if the country is bereft of intelligent, reputable and competent individuals in the private sector, that Roxas and his cohorts in the party are blinded and could not see beyond the realm of their political environment.

In fact, if Roxas wants us to believe that he is his own person and a dependable leader to boot, he should come out looking for someone incorruptible who shares his ideas, belief and dreams for the nation, in the same manner that he has supported with dogged loyalty President Benigno Aquino’s (PNoy) ‘tuwid na daan’ (straight path) advocacy as the cornerstone of his administration.

It is not necessary that Roxas’ running mate must be a politician. If none appears to be an ideal running mate within, then by all means Roxas should step out of the box and find one that believes in him and who will stick it out with him through thick and thin, just like he did with PNoy.

The people themselves are waiting that maybe a non-politician, who is respected and renowned for his managerial ability and leadership style in the private sector could very well assist Roxas in pursuing the reforms and sustaining the growth and development that PNoy has started with both their selfless efforts.

At least Roxas would be bringing in somebody with experience and managerial skills in running the government. Warming up with the person among the members of Roxas’ political circle will not be a problem, especially if he is likable and competent.

But, if at the end there is nobody, then Roxas has to pick the best within the party or the coalition, and turn him into a person that will have the same aspiration that he has for the country and the Filipino people.

I don’t think Sen. Grace Poe is the best. She used to be a breath of fresh air among the corruptly-tainted politicians in congress, but it has amazed many people, including myself, how easily she has adopted the trade and modus operandi of a traditional politician!

Look at her now going around the country and behaving just like a trapo! And she is just what everybody describes as a neophyte politician!

Look how she easily took advantage and found herself siding with the politically influential religious group Iglesia ni Cristo, even if she knew for a fact that the issue was not about government infringing upon the religious rights of the Church, but rather the State coming to the assistance and protection of a citizen whose civil liberties have been allegedly violated by the sect’s leaders. Rather than exercise her position to mitigate the traffic woes made worst by the INC demonstrators, Poe opted to wiggle herself into the graces of the INC hierarchy for political advantage.

Poe surely distinguished herself not just as a neophyte senator, but more so as a nascent trapo following the footsteps of Binay, Marcos and Escudero who were quick to praise the outcry of the INC group and brazenly criticize the humanitarian action of government.

I don’t even think Poe is her own person as she seems unable to move and decide without consulting with the young and arrogant Sen. Chiz Escudero, who is destined to be her running mate, if and when she decides to run for president in 2016.

Run she will for president, and there is no stopping her now. Her enthusiasm and body language shows it, despite being still coy about it.

Now, is there wrong about her running for president?

Of course there is, because voting for Poe is just like voting for Escudero as president, God forbids!

It is useless, therefore, for the LP and for Roxas, in particular, to continue courting Poe.

For somebody who ignores constructive and advantageous advice for her political career, can easily be manipulated and who relies strongly on her being the daughter of Fernando Poe Jr., I don’t think Poe deserves to be the leader of this country.

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