• Forget Chiz. He’s your road to perdition, Sen. Poe.

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    “If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting.
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
    Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise…”
    —   From “If” by Rudyard Kipling

    “IF” is one of my best-remembered poems! It does not only pack a wallop in human knowledge; it is a big bang on the level of wisdom. Every stanza breathes with knowledge and wisdom; that is why it is worth remembering. Why the distinction between knowledge and wisdom? Because in the very telling words of Dr. Ben Carson, one of the presidential hopefuls of the Republican Party in the United States of America, in the coming November 2016 presidential elections, he knows many who have Ph. Ds, with knowledge but no wisdom. Knowledge means fact and theories; but wisdom is the ability to sift from knowledge the gems that are instruments to becoming human – having fruitful guides to day to day living that last a lifetime and beyond.

    It is imperative for aspiring national leaders to read books – admire them and integrate the worthwhile lessons and the drops of wisdom into their system. An aspiring national leader who does not read books is worse than fowl and bird tailings. Why? Tailings have their admirable uses – fertilizing the soil so vegetables, flowers and fruits can grow and blossom for humans to appreciate or consume. A non-reading aspiring national leader is good for the trash can – unfit even to be recycled.

    It is in this light that we continue to examine the preparedness or fitness of ambitioning individuals who want to become national leaders of this country – specifically those who aspire to be the national President or Vice-President.

    In our last column, we briefly examined Vice-President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay and DILG Secretary Mar Roxas and tested them by Nilo Tayag’s 3Bs and 3Cs – Best, Brightest and Bravest; Competent, Clean and Committed. We cannot help but be brief because they have been on the scene for as long as we can remember. Moreover, we do not have the time to write a lengthy article on them as they have been wearing bikinis for a long time and we have seen everything there is to see and what is covered by them are revealed by their poses, pauses, body language and their on-guard and off-guard statements that there is really nothing left to   imagine.

    Why the 3Bs and 3Cs as imperatives for a President or a Vice-President since the latter can become President either by accident or design, honest or criminal? The reason is quite simple because in theory the President or national leader should be the best among our people. Best in his vision of the country and of our people; best in his academic and non-academic qualifications; best on his plans, road map and blue print for the country; best in character and values; best in discipline; best in dogged and courageous determination to realize his vision, dreams, blue print and road map for the country and our people; best because he is the first among equals in all designed levels; best among the cleanest and committed.

    If he is Best in all these, then he is the Bravest, Brightest, Cleanest, Most Committed and Most Competent. These are the elemental requirements for the national leader – President, Prime Minister, Chancellor or Dictator. You may think no Filipino can survive the test of these requirements. Of course, if you think that way, we are telling you – you are absolutely wrong! In our previous columns, we have witnessed that the Filipino has demonstrated these characteristics with various foreign audiences. If foreigners could judge them on the spot, at one graphic moment in time, we see no reason why Filipinos could not spot him – if they try hard enough. The many with these qualities walk with them everyday of their lives and it is time to pause and look around. And in so doing, finally discover him and throw him into the fray with the challenge that he should lead and respond positively.

    With these in mind, let us examine and analyze the other possible presidential contenders – Senator Grace Poe LLamanzares because she is at the top of the totem pole in the two pretentious survey groups in this country which brag about their so-called scientific methods and accuracy.

    No academic, non-academic resumes shown
    She has not shown her academic and non-academic resume. We do not know where she graduated in college –under what environment and whether she was at the top of her class with academic and non-academic distinctions. She is a Filipino citizen who became an American citizen and decided to re-acquire Filipino citizenship.

    Her known distinctions are as follows: She vaulted from out of nowhere to top the last senatorial elections; she looks clean and prim and gives the aura of being the most morally upright among the lady senators; she is the adopted daughter of Fernando Poe, Jr. (FPJ) – the man who was really elected President of the Philippines in 2004, a man of courage and character who could have improved this country and the life of the Filipino if he sat as President of the Philippines; she is rumored to be the biological daughter of President Ferdinand E. Marcos; she admitted at the beginning that she is not prepared to aspire for higher office; she gave the impression that she would be independent-minded as chairperson of the Senate committee that heard resource persons and witnesses to determine the validity and viability of the BBL, including the MAMAPASANO INCIDENT; she  gives the impression that she is an enemy of graft and corruption.

    Somersault on Mamasapano to please PNoy
    So far so good! But with the drift of events, she has converted some of these assets into liabilities which damn her as an ambitioning national leader. She said she made an initial committee report that the blame on the MAMASAPANO INCIDENT ultimately lies with PNoy but she hedged later when it was bruited about that PNoy was considering her either as presidential or vice-presidential candidate in the May 2016 elections. As a matter of fact, she did not submit to the Senate a report that places the blame on PNoy as the ultimate culprit in the Mamasapano Massacre. Her somersault could only be explained by a desire not to displease PNoy so she can be the presidential candidate PNoy would endorse.

    But PNoy, as expected, finally gave Mar Roxas his endorsement. She grossly miscalculated and now she is in serious trouble. She is toying between running with the LP machine as the running mate of Mar and allowing herself to be conscripted by the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) of the aging kingmaker and boss Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco.

    As standard bearer of the NPC, she hopes to get the subterranean support of the Americans which, according to popular wisdom, is what makes the difference between victory or defeat. This is old hat analysis which defies a jolting precedent in this country.

    The heirs of the ebullient and well-remembered President Ramon Magsaysay organized a political party immediately after his death – the Progressive Party of the Philippines (PPP). Some of the most brilliant and ablest politicians in this country were its incandescent stars – Senators Emmanuel “Maning” Pelaez, Raul Manglapuz, Manuel Manahan; and Hunters’ ROTC guerrilla fighter, Eleuterio “Terry” Adevoso – manned the newly organized machine of the party. They packed hundreds of thousands in their rallies but when the election results came, they found themselves in the kangkong farms, badly beaten.

    But still Senator Poe seems to rely on her probable running mate, Senator Chiz Escudero. Her curious and mysterious relationship with Senator Chiz is a source of wonder.
    Escudero is a lot of babble and bubble. He delights in salivary festival preferably in Tagalog which Manila crowds seem to appreciate with gusto. But Senator Chiz is as deep as the water in a plastic basin in the kitchen sink. Maybe Senator Grace in her limited and superficial knowledge of Chiz must think that he is as “deep as the ocean and as high as the sky,” as the line of the popular song goes. Maybe high in ambition as the sky and deep as the ocean in his motives, after all Senator Chiz’ favorites, as some of his friends and enemies almost chorus in agreement, are liquor; being separated from his former wife; making an ass of himself sometimes, as his parents-in-law used to publicly declare with a lot of obfuscating emotion before he married Heart Evangelista; and of course, Heart Evangelista. But Heart cannot be a secret weapon in the campaign because she is no Imelda Romualdez Marcos. She is probably a Korina Roxas or a Kris Aquino. But she is just that in many levels though she is definitely more beautiful than the other two, if we have to limit our standard of beauty in reference to Korina and Kris. Simply, beyond Kris and Korina, Heart is really beautiful, with or without Senator Chiz.

    And on the issue of her citizenship, PNoy is correct that she is a Filipino. But when she became an American citizen and thereafter she got back her Filipino citizenship, she ceased to be a natural born Filipino citizen. But, of course, the Supreme Court can reverse me on this though its decision cannot be final because it’s infallible it as an American Supreme Court justice once said.

    So if Senator Grace wants to run for higher office, her intelligent option is to run for vice-president with Mar. That way, she is assured that the citizenship question will be settled in her favor and considering that she is not ready for the presidency, as vice-president she can undergo a six-year seminar in preparation for the presidency. Forget Senator Chiz because he is the road to perdition for you.

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    31 Comments

    1. Gagamitin lang ni Roxas si Grace Poe para manalo sa pagka-presidente.

      Mas mabuti pang magpagamit siya kay Chiz na kaibigan niya, kaysa kay Roxas.

      Marami ang ayaw kay Roxas, kaya kulilat sa survey, si Grace Poe ang nangunguna.

      Bakit hindi na nanga-ilangan si Corazon Aquino ng “six year seminar” ng maging presidente? Ahh, kaibigan mo pala si Cory.

      • Santi O. Yong on

        Magagaling na abogado sina Homobono Adaza, Rene Saguisag, Joker Arroyo.

        Hanggang senador lang sila. Sayang, sana sila na ang naging presidente ng Pilipinas.

    2. All I can say is that – unless one is seeking reelection for president, no one has the experience for the office per se. So, as long as the candidate is smart enough, and with pure heart and intent to learn the job fast so that he or she can serve the people and country to the best of his or her ability, and a be able to choose good and dedicated assistants/servants who will also serve well, then God Bless the Philippines. A superior education and political experience is never a guaranty for good service, ano? Lalo na kung magnanakaw yung tao! Matakaw!Magnanakaw! Dala pa niya lahat yung pamilya niya sa gobierno, para magnakaw din, patay!

    3. You are all dreamers, to think Grace with a magic wand will solve the countries problems. Wake up! It’s all a con trick by the Abnoy and his cohorts. The Philippines needs a leader with foresight and intelligence to lead the country out of this quagmire. There are many better than Llamanzares Mar or Binay. Just wait he will come. God has shown us our folie, he won’t abandon us this time.

    4. laguatanlawzen.com on

      Grace should STOP using POE to enhance her political ambition. Rather she START using her family name LLAMANZARES not POE. She is overly confident to win the Presidency if she keep on using POE because of FPJ’s popularity as a movie action king during his lifetime. Grace is keeping the people in the dark with respect to her academic qualification, her citizenship, & her managerial experiences, There are those who are brilliant and more qualified than her to aim for the highest office. Sanamagan, she wants to lead this hapless country to perdition again for another mediocre performance. Enough of stupid Presidents. Tama na, sobra na.

    5. Abdullah Macatanong on

      Homobono Adaza is one of the best lawyers in our country but not as a politician. He can dish out practical wisdom as well as legal analysis. I am proud of him, more so that he is from Mindanao. Reminds me that the two leading minds in the current Supreme Court, Justices Sereno and Carpio, were both born in Mindanao, who both see the error of their colleagues in allowing bail for Enrile from a crime that our Constitution say is non-bailable. Adaza would have voted

      I am not a Poe admirer but I think her best option is as vice president. And that’s right, she is better off without Chiz.

      God bless the Philippines.

    6. A very realistic view of the current political dilemma
      of Sen. Poe. Run for president and risk the serious question on her citizenship or run for Vice President and parry off or minimize the risk.

    7. Oh yes Atty Bono, thanks for your insight and advise on this Grace Poe. Of the qualities of presidentiables right and correct for the Philippines is none other than,……………..PANFILO ” Ping” LACSON as president and DUTERTE for vice president.Enough said..

    8. I would have to disagree with many of the points raised in this article. Certainly Sen. Poe’s educational stature is public information, (and is credible, unlike some current and former senators from two of the biggest parties in the country). And she’s hardly as inept as this article portrays her to be: just look at her legislative track record or her stint in the MTRCB.

      Neither is this article’s take on the mamasapano hearings fair or credible. She conducted herself fairly and independently during the hearings. And I don’t think there’s any tangible basis to disagree with her findings.

      She could very well have laid it all in favor of the President and his allies if all she wanted was his favor, but insted she openly criticized Purisima. Let’s give credit where it is due.

      • Roldan Guerrero on

        But why didn`t she bring the Mamasapano report to the Senate Plenary?There are 2 reasons, no. 1 is she just could not defend her findings as she lacks the ability to have a debate with her fellow Senators who would try to interpellate her, this is the necessity of having a good educational background, not necessarily being a lawyer but could understand well the constitution. No.2 is, it is a payback for the PIGNOY, as she won her senatorial seat thru him, allegations were even circling around that Grace Llamanzares is a product of the HOCUS-PCOS MESS. If controversies and problems besets her now, this is the result of being too ambitious for a position she is not fit. The evidences brought out now are very clear, not just to destroy her credibility but she is really not. Just like TRAPOS, she is yet a Neophyte but already behaves like a TRAPO. In my opinion, out of the 24 senators, Grace Llamnzares is just above Lito Lapid when IQ is gauged, but her FOOLISH AMBITIONS PUT HER ON TOP OF THE 24 SENATORS.

    9. Dominador Ocampo on

      I still think Poe and Escudero will be the top contender in the upcoming elections

    10. Both Poe and Escudero are individually capable citizens. They are friends but I believe that they are also professionals that would put aside their personal ties when it comes to politics. If they decided to team up for the 2016 elections. They will have my vote and support.

      • Roldan Guerrero on

        Birds of the same feather flock together,both are drunkards Chis may not be a smoker but Grace is while Chiz is a wife beater, Grace is a housemaid beater too…VERY GOOD COMBINATION!

    11. With all these propagandas against Grace Poe, I am more convinced to vote and fight for her. Bullying at its finest! She is qualified and is not a puppet of Chiz. God bless and continue the fight against corruption Madame Senator!

    12. Jocelyn Paclibar on

      First your poem verse from Rudyard Kipling does not apply to Sen. Grace Poe. The neophyte trusts herself and not waiting for anybody to dictate her. Second, Senator Grace is not in serious trouble, it is Roxas who is in serious trouble finding a running mate. Third, Senator Grace is not hiding behind Senator Chiz for decision making not like Roxas who is hiding the skirt of Pres. PNoy. Wherever the President goes there is Roxas. Fourth, Senator Chiz has not done something wrong to Senator Grace to make her believe Chiz is a bad influence to her. Fifth, if you are writing a column to field your candidate Roxas it only means that Roxas is not brave, courageous, incompetent to approach Sen Grace because he always need PNoy someone like you a padrino to boost his instincts. Lastly, each one of us has the right for our own decision. And it is not good for you and for the supporters of Roxas, the Liberal Party to dictate what should Senator Grace do for herself, and who is supposed to be her friends and trustees. And, you can do that to Roxas, don’t do that to Senator Grace and Senator Chiz for it only backfire to all of you who are in great trouble wooing Senator Grace as Roxas running mate.

    13. Ganda sana ng ingles niya kaso alam mo motibo siraan si Chiz at Grace.Maka Mar ang writer kaya biased siya.Pang VP lang daw si Grace .Eh sa totoong buhay dapat pareho ng qualifications angvPres at VP para anumang oras mawala ang presidente kaya ng VP ang pagalawin ang bansa.Lahat pwede namang mangarap na maging Pres at VP at makakamit mo yun kung iboboto ka at susuportahan ka ng masa. Walang pakialaman sa pangarap.Sayang maniniwala na sana ako sa umpisa ng kwento pero bandang huli makikita mo motibo ng writer palpak din sa huli ang sinabi.Panira lang sa dalawa.Mabuti na lang ang masa di masyadong nagbabasa ng mga high falluting ingles at maniniwala sa ganda ng pagkakahalaw ng mga panguri at panlilibak sa dalawa dahil sa isang motibo ng pag angat sa manok niya! Sorry i wont buy this argument.Grace-Chiz pa rin sa 2016

    14. Bert jurinario on

      Agree! But somehow POE blindly believes Escudero not realizing he is using her for his own selfish motive since nobody thinks of him seriously.

    15. For your curiosity, there ain’t no “mysterious” relationship (as you put in)between Grace and Chiz. Escudero is an ally, long time family friend and spokesman of the late FPJ in his Pres bid in 2004 and this is of public knowledge. Where the deep relationship was formed, with CHiz acting as Kuya to Grace and ever supportive of her cause. Your tirade against CHiz is personal, his personal, private life! A clear indication of political mudslinging to pull down his popularity which in my opinion is pathetic! As oppose to your view against his prowess in public speaking, Escudero’s eloquence is natural to him, the way the public understand clearly what he is talking about, a very good public speaker who influences many, the nightmare of his enemies who talks too much nonsense in public why people never believe however they try to influence them! I prefer this kind of communication than something hypocritical like commercial dramas to make people believe in him. Or rather how would anyone like someone who is adept as an educator curses in public? Or utter nonsensical “bahala na kayo sa buhay nyo” stints in times of a distressing situation?
      Yes, Escudero is ambitious, and this is a very good attribute/virtue of a leader! For a person without ambition is futile! They CAN NEVER BE A GOOD LEADER. A person with ambition has VISIONS FOR HIS COUNTRYMEN. That ambition to boost his country’s capability in struggling against the harrows of the world we are living. The ambition that the negative society accused and defined as personal motives when they themselves are pure talk and critical. That if this kind of intellect continues to grow in Philippine society, then we hope not for progress, for changes, for a better tomorrow, because that is pure, unadulterated envy and crab mentality!
      And please do not discount Senator Grace’ intellect, she is a smart lady and knows whom she can rely on, a loyal and trusted friend of her family. Again attacking Escudero’s private life is also an insult to people like us and youself as a man, for we all have our misfits and weaknesses, that I am sure you also have! Never was he seen drunk in public, tho’ they always “alleged” . He is always sober and able to do his duties! His wife’s family who were once against the senator are now friends and they now even prepare for another wedding, would you believe? All is well that ends well, now where does one critical idiot left after a family reconcilliation was made?
      I suggest we don’t drag Heart Evangelista in politics for she has her own world, her showbiz world apart from the chaotic political world. Escudero is her family and it is of course natural for her to support her husband.

      At the very end of your litany, I saw the light! Why do I have the feeling that you are rooting for Mar Roxas? You suggest Grace to go VP to Mar? You made me laugh aloud! Now your point was never clearer until it has gone this far! An obvious STRATEGY TO DISCREDIT CHIZ ESCUDERO SO GRACE POE WOULD DECIDE TO GO WITH MAR? How pathetic! Somehow you are right, in saying that Grace Poe is intelligent, for trusting in her bff than believing in some people’s desperate way of pushing her to pair with Mar.
      And you even implied that the Supreme Court’s decision woudl be infallible,re citizenship issue, that early? BUT NOT IF GRACE ACCEPTS THE OFFER FROM LP? hahahaha! And you said she is not ready for PRESIDENCY so she should accept to be VP to Mar?

      MAY I THEREFORE ADVICE YOU , tho these maybe unsolicited excuse me, that IN THE EVENT THAT SOMETHING HAPPENED TO THE ELECTED PRESIDENT, THE VICE PRESIDENT ASSUME THE POST THAT THE INCUMBENT PRESIDENT LEFT AND THEREFORE THE VP SHOULD BE READY TO ACT AND DO PRESIDENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES NECESSARY TO GOVERN IN SUCH CASES! YOUR ASSESSMENT OF THE SITUATION IS CONTRADICTING! YOU WANTED GRACE TO RUN AS VP BECAUSE SHE IS NOT READY FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL POSITION, BUT NOT AS PRESIDENT? Where is the logic here? How could Grace be influenced in contradicting assessments of the situation? Did u say Chiz is Grace’ road to perdition? NO WONDER WHY SHE BELIEVES and TRUST ESCUDERO – the faithful friend, shrewd and capable – GRACE’S ROAD TO SUCCESS! Stop criticizing CHiz, because the more you bash him, THE MORE GRACE AND THE PUBLIC BELIEVES IN CHIZ ESCUDERO!

      Might as well advice Roxas to go without Grace, if he really believes he can win, then by all means go without a VP! Let us all see what he can do! Bakit nga pala walang gustong mag VP kay Mar Roxas? ;)

      GRACE FOR PRESIDENT, CHIZ FOR VICE PRESIDENT 2016!

      • Roldan Guerrero on

        Talking of credibility, Chiz is 100x more qualified than Grace Llamanzares, but why like this? Are we going to have another President by popularity again? CORY AQUINO and BENIGNO SIMEON AQUINO should be always remembered and never be forgotten as the BLANK HEADED and STUPID mother and son presidents. Arent they enough yet to prove that what we must have is a competent president?

    16. Cant wait for the next presidential preference survey result to come out. May nadagdag ba sa nabulagan o may mga nagising na sa katotohanang hindi nararapat sa Panguluhan si Grace P. Llamanzares?

    17. BOTH GRACE POE AND CHIZ ESCUDERO ARE PERSONS THAT WILL LEAD THE FILIPINO PEPOLE TO PERDITION. SI GRACE POE AY BOBO NA AMAPON PA AT NAK NG NAGASAWAHANG ASO SA KALYE…. . NALUMABAS SA PUERTA NI SUSAN ROCES DAHIL SA IMMACULATE DELIVERY NA GINAWA NILA NI FPJ. SI GRACE POE AY GINAWA NI NOYNOY AQUINO NA TOPNOCHER NA SENADOR SA PCOS MACHINE IN 2013 SALAMAT PO TANDANG BRILLANTES

    18. Ay naku bakit sumisiksik si Grace Poe Llamanares, when politicians know how Escudero is rated, mediocre,political butterfly and what not. Escudero will pull Grace Poe popularity.

      • that’s is your own opinion only not by many . go, go grace n chiz for pres. and vice in 2016.

    19. Let this upstart Poe fall flat on her face. She is most definitely NOT what we want to lead our desperate country.

      • you are the only person said that . many supporters will support her.she is smart,fast learner ,always did good in what she do ,she has good heart ,she is raised with fear in god ,she will make the country well known and progressive. go grace poe for presidency in 2016 .