The inconvenient Santiago-Marcos tandem


Senators Miriam Defensor Santiago and Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr

Senators Miriam Defensor Santiago and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

I thought Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago was only seriously sick physically with her declared stage four lung cancer, but her recent confirmation that she has chosen Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. as her running mate in the 2016 presidential elections make me think that she is also gravely sick mentally.

Having high regard for Miriam’s intellect, her decision comes not only as a surprise, but also defies logic considering who she is, how she is and what the Marcos name means to this country?

I consider Miriam’s choice of Marcos as bothersome, at best and embarrassing, at worst.

There is no doubt that social media has been instrumental in making Miriam go for the presidency. It appears that she was just biding her time until she felt that she has overcome the Big C.

But has she really conquered this dreaded disease afflicting her?

Despite her health dilemma, people, especially the netizens, rejoiced about her entry in the presidential derby thinking and believing that she could make a big difference for the future of the country and its people if she was to be elected its leader.

“If I become president sometime in the very near future, this country will be much better than it was before. Today this country suffers from the malaise of plunder,” she said.

Coming from a politician and public official who certainly means well and adored by the young and idealistic people, how pleasing to the ears Miriam’s statements are!

But is Miriam being gracious and likable still now that she has  chosen the son of the dictator Marcos to be her vice presidential candidate?

Considering her character and her advocacy for honesty, justice and good governance, would Miriam feel privileged and honored to be associated with the Marcoses after what this family has done to the country, especially when the antipathetic Marcos matriarch, Imelda, is still very much around?

Has Miriam failed to see that plunder in this country is very much equated with the Marcoses?

Would social media take this without expressing disgust?

It would have been much better, much sensible and more Miriam-like had the latter just joined the presidential race without a running mate.

As it is, and whether she admits it or not, because of her stage four lung cancer Miriam is seriously putting the future of this country in peril when, sooner or later during her term, God forbids, she suffers a relapse and the reins of government shall be turned over to the son of the dictator.

What a disaster it would be for the country! A presidency in silver platter handed easily to a Marcos.

I can only hope and pray that this political development in Miriam’s career will not prosper for the sake of the country and the Filipino people.

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