For a number of Filipinos who are thoroughly frustrated with the bursting of the Daan na Matuwid bubble, there has suddenly been a desperate search for a Presidentiable come 2016.
Who will they vote for President?
Probably not Mar Roxas -despite having all the resources of government behind him – for the same reason why Secretary Gilbert “Galing at Talino” Teodoro was cursed after then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo made him the “anointed one.”
If the surveys are to be given consideration, Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay is it. However, the continued demolition job against him and his family has successfully adjudged him a corrupt politician even before he gets his day in court.
If winnability is to be made a measure, former (and disgraced) President Joseph “Erap” Estrada could be it. But then he is already old and may just delegate the administration of the nations to his cronies. Not a good choice for intelligent Filipinos.
So who are we going to vote?
What about Senator Grace Poe?
For months now, Senator Poe has been manuevering her poltical strategy. She seems geared to run for a higher office as whatever the outcome of this ambitious foray may be – the Senate topnotcher will be back in the Senate after 2016 as her term does not end till 2019. No sweat, no risk.
What does Senator Poe exactly wants? Obviously, all signs point to the Presidency. If not this 2016, surely in the next one.
But will Senator Poe be the hope for the country or just another woman President who will be haunted by the same problems of Presidents Cory Aquino and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo?
This early Senator Poe has given the Filipino people a preview of the brand of governance she is likely to have. With the Mamasapano controversy landing on her lap as Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, she could have showcased her capability as a no-nonsense politician – somebody who does not operate in the “grey area.” She should be clear cut in her decisions – what is black is black, white is white. When she was given the task to determine who shall be accountable for the massacre of 44 police officers, she should have work tirelessly to explain to the families of the slain policemen: Who is responsible for the debacle and how they should be made accountable for such wrongdoings. But she did her job haphazardly. Although she hinted the President Aquino has some sort of responsibility being the Commander-in-chief, she was quick to say that no measures should be made against him as he had “good intentions.” On the other hand, she should castigated the MILF for staging an overkill. But she did not lift any finger against the Muslim insurgents even though its leaders who were in attendance during the Senate inquiry came up with the lamest excuse to extricate themselves from their devilish twin- the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF). So what was all the Senate inquiries about, Senator Poe?
With her unexpected inefficiency in the Mamasapano inquiry, Senator Poe could be maneuvering through political channels this early. She would not hurt President Aquino because he is undeniably a big political patron (with all the resources of the government come 2016). On the other hand, she may not want to antagonize the Muslim rebels as this will taint the Fernando Poe Jr.’s Muslim 357 legacy and winnability of the Poe= Muslim 357 legend in vote-rich Muslim territories in Mindanao. Again, all her current efforts to ensure a better vote in 2016.
Even if we can excuse all the trivial political gimmicks that Senator Grace Poe are currently doing (The “Magandang Araw POE” slogans, lining up and riding in the MRT, etc. etc.), we need to worry about considering her to lead her nation. Setting aside the bankable FBJ aura and the “Sheryl Cruz” innocence that elevated her to the number 1 spot in the Senate, Senator Grace Poe has no political experience, no politcal bailiwicks, no political allies, no political machinery, no economic know-how, no legal background and no military connections (as of now) to support her as a viable Presidentiable.
Stated otherwise, if she becomes President by sheer stupidity, she may likely earn political experience at the expense of the Filipino people, win over political bailiwicks by pleasing the masa regardless of cause, compromise ideals in exchange for the support of political trapos and warlords, build a neophyte political party like ERAP’s Puersa ng Masa and GMA Lakas-Kampi CMD – to perpetuate her political interests or cronies in power, experiment with various economic programs to solve economic woes of the country, appoint outsiders to the Supreme Court to ensure legal backing, and appoint retired generals to key positions to have military protection.
And our famous last words applicable to this case are……