In about two months the Filipino people will be voting for a new president and vice president to succeed Benigno Aquino and Jejomar Binay respectively.
The race for the presidency and vice presidency are so close that one can only hope and pray that the electorate will give the country a break.
It has been a long, hard struggle for the country in the aftermath of the Marcos dictatorial regime that the Philippines has always been referred to as the ‘sick man of Asia’.
Not only has corruption been the blight that brought suffering to many people and made the country continually poor, but more than anything it is the nature, the inconsistency and the lack of character and purpose of the Filipino electorate to vote wisely that has contributed much to the country’s pathetic performance among the nations in the region.
Fortunately, in President Aquino, we were able to have a leader, made possible by the clamor of the people, who is honest and trustworthy, has a pedigreed name to uphold, and has promised to run after corrupt government officials.
The country seems to be recovering from our once lamentable economic condition and no longer branded as the ‘sick man of Asia’, after its economy grew more than 6 percent for three consecutive years during his term, making the country the second fastest growing Asian country behind China.
The question now is, who can best sustain the country’s economic growth momentum, while stumping corruption, peacefully governing Mindanao and keeping the country safe and secured, after Aquino steps down in a couple of months?
The spotlight now is upon the Filipino electorate and for someone who has aged and seen what has become of the country, I can only urge people to be objective and not be subjective and irresponsible in electing and entrusting the reins of governance of this country.
What the country needs is a break, a longer break that could take us to six more growing and fruitful years, and this could be done only if we elect another honest, competent, eloquent and respectable set of leaders for this country on May 9.
Let us not be too emotional just because the majority of the SC justices voted in favor of Sen. Grace Poe’s candidacy for president. Even as justices of the highest court they are still human beings with emotions and biases and as such they are not infallible.
Poe is running on the popularity of her adoptive father, the popular late movie star Fernando Poe Jr (FPJ), and Escudero tugging on at Poe’s skirt so he could be lifted up too. Partido Galing at Puso is pure nonsense. They don’t have that monopoly.
With all due respect to Sen. Miriam Santiago she should not have run really for the arduous job that is the presidency. Besides being sickly she is just doing a great disservice, if not injustice, to the Filipinos by promoting and making it easier for the dictator’s namesake, Sen. Ferdinand “ Bongbong’ Marcos Jr, to occupy the seat of power which is not fitted for him and will never be. He has no other intention but to resurrect the programs and policies of his father the way he has been mouthing it.
If we want this country to grow and perform economically better and be respected by the international community, then let us all avoid being crucified as people by making sure Vice President Jejomar Binay will not get to sit and live in Malacañang Palace. We will all be losers again. In fact he has already chosen a running mate in Sen. Gregorio ‘Gringo’ Honasan, who is a loser himself.
I do not know about Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. He has not only been promising to the people what they want to hear and, frankly, what I want to hear too, but I doubt very much if it could be accomplished as his timetable says. Also he is rocking too much the boat with his Federalism form of government. Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano is simply depending on Duterte’s popularity and is not making waves at all.
We are left with the tandem of former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and Rep. Lani Robredo. Clearly both are disciples of President Aquino and being believers of their leader’s center piece of governance which is the ‘tuwid na daan’ or straight path, then where could we go wrong with them?
Give the country a break.