Is it too early to campaign for the next president? Yes? Yeah, right!
There have been soooo many of them who have already been giving feelers here and there. Some of them have even verbalized their “dreams” of leading this downtrodden land. So why can’t I make my own declaration? I’m not the one running anyway.
In a previous post, I have shortlisted my presidentiables. I have already mentioned Richard “Dick” Gordon. I also said that he will not win. Why? He’s not the typical KBL politician (Kasal or Weddings, Binyag or Baptisms and Dedications, Libing or Burial/Funerals). He may be energetic but he’s not charismatic and patronizing. But he’s one guy who delivers and whose tail doesn’t go between his legs when his decisions cross party lines. For that, he’s on my good side. Well, I think Subic speaks for him.
Bayani Fernando, on the other hand, is my other living bet. But I strongly believe that he’s better off as an operative. While listening to the last episode of Hwang Jin-i (my back was to the TV set because I was beating a deadline), I heard the head Kisaeng say that the committee of dance teachers from all across old Korea chose the other dancer because she’s not as good as the lead of the story but because she sees and acknowledges another person’s talents and that the better dancer is needed by the country to continue dancing because she’s good at it. Fernando is like that. The country needs more people like him. He may not be popular because of the effects of his actions on the surface but because of the longer-term effects of those actions, he has nailed it for me.
So why Gordon? Why not Mar Roxas? Why not Kabayang Noli De Castro? Why not JDV? Why not Manny Villar?
Mar Roxas looks really good on paper. His résumé is awesome. Why, when he was just starting to make the waves in the Philippines back in the 90s, I was already been a fan! In fact, when I chaired an event in our dorm in UP, I made it a point to really have him as our guest speaker. He graciously accepted our invitation, I was ecstatic. Now that I think about it, I hate it that digicams weren’t that popular then. I remember that he smelled and looked really good! He came late because he came from a session in the Congress that wrapped up really late. Oh, and as a giggly college girl who had a huge crush on the guy, I blushed to my roots when he kissed me on the cheek. Yeah! It was just one of those besos that people exchange instead of handshakes but it sent me to cloud 9. So Korina, my dear, una syang naging akin! LOL. But I will not vote for him. Why? He’s too politically motivated. He has changed big time. I’m pretty sure he’s a good person and that he has really good intentions for the country but the people around him are too strong for him. I’m not discounting his ability to think for himself but let’s just say that with so many strong people around you, you can’t help but be swayed into doing things that you may not personally like without actually realizing that you’re doing it. It’s too early for him too. Perhaps, by the next presidential election after 2010, he’ll be ripe enough. And perhaps by then, I’ll vote for him.
Kabayang Noli is not a presidentiable. I’m sorry but I really do think the shoes are too big for him.
Why not JDV? Well, in the 1998 presidential election, I was a NAMFREL volunteer. The strongest contenders then were House Speaker Jose De Venecia, the late Raul Roco, and then Vice President Joseph Estrada. I was not qualified to vote during that time because I turned 18 June of that year so there was really no chance that I could vote. So what I did before that was get myself all-informed about who’s who in the race. And I started my NAMFREL tradition. I started volunteering on elections back in the 1995 elections when I was still in high school. It was VOTECARE then. It’s PPCRV now. In 1998, it was NAMFREL for me and before our “shift” we were told to make sure that our flashlights were working and to be on our toes at all times as there were rumors that JDV was going to cause some power interruption to do some last minute “adjustments” and well, it didn’t happen and Erap won hands down. I remember crying upon seeing the huge whiteboard outside the hall where we were stationed at in Ateneo. JDV has never been someone that I liked. I liked Ramon Mitra better when he was still the Speaker of the House and I liked him when he was running for presidency and even before that. Marcelo Fernan was my favorite politico then. Alongside Roco, Serge Osmeña and many others. Recently, JDV has given me more reasons never to vote for him.
How about Villar? I must admit, he is possibly one of those who’s got almost everything needed to win a presidential election. He’s got the money, the machinery and the popularity. But does he have the balls to run this country, let alone the ability to dance decently? I don’t think so. Lest orange becomes a national color, I don’t think we want this guy. I do love orange but well, I’m not sure about it becoming a good national color. How about a coat of arms in orange? Nah!!!
In this time of turmoil and unrest, perhaps, it’s best if we think of what we want in a leader and who out there deserves the key to the golden door that we call our country. We don’t need someone who has the charisma to make ladies swoon and men bow. We don’t need someone who can dole out all the time to the beggars that dear Philippines never seems to run out of. We need someone who can govern conscientiously, be firm, be a good statesman, maintain decent foreign relations and steal just a little without getting caught. Believe you me, no one will NOT steal. So let’s hope for someone who will steal just a little and not truckloads of our nation’s treasure chest.
I’ve made my pick. That’s Richard Gordon. He’s not winnable. He’s an elitist. But for now, I think I’ve found my man. Dick’s my pick!