Sunday, September 13, 2009

Noynoy for President

I used to like Mar. He was not your traditional politician. He was respectable unlike others who hold the same job. He had class.

Then he decided to take a shot the presidency and slowly my regard of him to take the high road in his campaign peeled away. Who wouldn't when he aired those ill-conceived TV ads? When he proposed to Korina Sanchez on national TV? When his 'traditional' pamamanhikan gets media coverage?

Even with those PR stunts, he was still trailing miserably in the national surveys to Villar and Estrada. Then Cory died and the political landscape changed.

There was a growing clamor for Noynoy to run for higher office. Not long after Cory's burial, Mar dropped out of the race to gave way for Noynoy. His move was called heroic, statesmanlike. Mar really had no choice. His dreams for the presidency had gone kaput.

Noynoy gave in to the clamor and officially announced his candidacy on on the 40th day of his mother's passing. The first thought that came to mind when I heard the news was "Where can I register?".

Yep. I will be rooting for Noynoy, exhibiting the same passion I did when I rooted for Raul Roco. Others have said, including some I personally know, that Noynoy is too young. He is too raw. He needs more experience. He has been a politician for 11 years - 9 in Congress, 2 in the Senate. How many more does he need? 15 years? perhaps 20?

Until when is one ripe to run for higher office? Until one is snarled by dirty politics? Until one is indebted to so many people politically he has lost count of them? Until one has made a noisy dissent on a political scandal? Until one has amassed millions that he could not possible want more when he ascends the presidency?

If not Noynoy, then who? Villar? The one who is so atat na ata maging presidente with his TV ads? I wonder how he would recoup his investment. Surely, he must get that money back and more when he wins. The cost of those ads could possibly be in the hundreds of millions and the campaign has not yet officially begun.

If not Noynoy, then who? de Castro? That news anchor who had a field day exposing politician's dirty tricks in MGB many years ago but has been mum on the blatant lying and cheating that the administration he now serves is doing?

If not Noynoy, then who? Erap? That ex-president who used Malacanang as his playground? And who was driven out of office by sheer incompetence?

If not Noynoy, then who? Legarda? I like Legarda but she is not cutout to be president. She should stay put as a legislator. I like her there.

If not Noynoy, then who? Escudero? That senator who, according to Elena Francisco, did not support the impeachment of Luzviminda Tancangco and Erap? That senator who initiated the impeachment of Chief Justice Davide? That senator who is associated with Estrada and his ilk?

If not Noynoy, then who? Lacson? Remonde? Puno? Nograles? Teodoro? Bayani? Gloria?

I completely agree with this tweet from meilarnee "Our long-standing battle against corruption can never be won by credentials but by character."


Two of my favorite columnists, Condrado de Quiros and Patricia Evangelsita, has written insightful pieces in their respective columns on Noynoy. You can read these through the links below.

1. The Aquino son
2. Noypi ako
3. Destiny
4. Yes he can


theLastJedi said...

' oh i love this piece.. and I am beginning to adore your views more and more.. this is what watching The West Wing stirred in us pal.. uhm ayt? ahahhahaha!!!
- oh yes sir, i wud still want those mp4s.. parang-awa mu na, send mu.. ehe.. salamay ng madame.. =)

Sonia said...

C. I love this post. I'm rooting for NoyNoy too! :-)

engel said...

compelling post. not really sure where all the noynoy love is coming from.

prinsesamusang said...

i also enjoy de quiros' columns. it's like my daily dose of horoscope even when i don't read horoscopes LOL i just saw on tv that noy is leading. i wonder for how long can he keep it up

atticus said...

scud, with what you wrote, you gave me hope. hindi dahil si noynoy ang iboboto mo, kundi kung bakit mo siya iboboto. nag-aral kang mabuti at nilimo mo ang basehan ng pipiliin.


may mga kabataang nag-iisip nang malinaw at may lohika. wagi.

Raft3r said...

i like villar
pano na yan?
pero ayaw ko yun naa-associate sya ke willie

len said...

AS Conrado de Quiros said in one of his columns, if Noynoy runs for president the question on who to vote will be clear. Noynoy is it. :p

Sana lang huwag madaya, baka kasi may tumawag na naman sa Comelec eh.

Photo Cache said...

This is a well crafted post. One that I enjoyed so much.

I like the Aquino family, I voted for Cory and I wore Laban pins, etc during the time when our university security guards banned us from wearing because they said ang lapit lapit natin sa Malacanang, tanggalin mo yan kundi di ka pwedeng pumasok sa campus.

I sure hope that Noynoy has the stuff needed to lead the country.

*clap* *clap*

Love the post.

Raft3r said...

natuloy ka pala sa laoag!

so don ka na talag mag tennis?

happy weekend, scud

Raft3r said...

noynoy's ONLY liability: KRIS

Andy said...

I like Mar Roxas better. I'm a bit dubious about Korina, though. Ehehe.

Abaniko said...

I'm glad Noynoy is running. I just hope that when he wins, he'll be true to his promise of good governance.

The Scud said...

last jedi > west wing and conrado de quiros. hehe.

sonia > thanks! thanks! tennis tayo sa pasko. :D

The Scud said...

engel > decency in government. yan lang talaga. tarantado kasi gobyerno natin ngayon.

prinsesamusang > sana hanggang sa may 2010. :D

The Scud said...

atticus > thanks! salamat din at sinabi mo na bata pa ako. nyahaha.

raft3r > isasama nya si willie sa senatorial lineup nya. iboboto mo pa ba?

The Scud said...

len > hindi na yan tatawag. tetext na lang.

photo cache > thanks! i think honesty and integrity dapat hanapin natin sa susunod na presidente.

The Scud said...

raft3r > wala ako nakita tennis courts. basketball court lang. hehe.

andy > sa 2016 na lang si mar. huwag na siya mag-guest sa wowowee.