De Lima for VP not bad choice at all

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima

It looks like the Liberal Party (LP) is more inclined to having a woman vice presidential running mate for Interior Secretary Mar Roxas in the 2016 presidential election.

After courting Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos, who declined the offer, thank goodness, the party, and even Roxas himself, started making a pass at Camarines Sur 3rd District Rep. Leni Robredo, hoping that by invoking the name of the late outstanding government leader Jesse Robredo, it will do magic to their tandem. It was not a bad idea at all, for Leni is competent and incorruptible person herself, but her better discretion told her that not only was she ready, but she did not also want to be used. Thus, she declined the offer, too.

The LP stalwarts must have given up wooing another woman, Sen. Grace Poe, who has been playing coy all these times about her political plans, but whose actions speak louder than her voice, by the manner she has been storming the country and criticizing the failures of government, which prompted even Senate President Franklin Drilon to comment and advice the party to start looking for someone else as Roxas’ running mate because the writings on the wall, he says, already show that the lady senator is, indeed, running for president in 2016 election.

Well, the party’s dilemma on who is going to be paired with Roxas may have been solved, for now they are bringing up the name of another woman, the indefatigable and pertinacious Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, as a plausible vice presidential candidate.

Indeed, why not? They could not have made a better choice!

Both Roxas and de Lima are trusted lieutenants of President Benigno Aquino (PNoy), and de Lima, like, Roxas, has shown dogged loyalty to PNoy and equal determination to carry on with the ‘tuwid na daan’ (straight path) advocacy that is making a big difference in this administration compared to past administrations.

De Lima’s favorably acclaimed action against the powerful bloc-voting religious sect, Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), is simply a fitting application of the icing on the cake, when one mentions the war she waged and the accomplishments she made against the corrupt in government and the drug lords, either inside or outside of their prison cells, in her tenure as Secretary of Justice.

Like Roxas, de Lima is very able and adequately qualified for the position and would very well complement each other at the executive department.

Most of all, de Lima is her own person and has the balls to do what it takes to make a difference, which is lacking in some men aspiring for higher positions, except, perhaps, her adversary, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

I would call the Roxas-de Lima tandem, therefore, an excellent team-up for a sustainable and progressive future of the country, which many Filipinos want to happen.

(For more about my take on de Lima, please go to this link:

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