A possible team-up between Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd and President Benigno Aquino 3rd in next year’s polls is an “act of desperation” and the “biggest tragedy” for the administration-backed Liberal Party (LP), a renowned political analyst said on Thursday.
According to University of the Philippines political science professor Prospero de Vera, reports that Aquino would slide down to become Roxas’ running mate speaks of the LP’s “failure” to inspire able leaders from its own ranks.
“The fact that the LP is thinking of this is the biggest tragedy of all because it is an admission that they have failed to produce competent new leaders in the five years they have stayed in power,” de Vera told The Manila Times.
Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) secretary- general Renato Reyes claimed that a “Mar-Noy tandem in 2016 will not be a dream ticket but a “perpetuation of a national nightmare.”
Noy or Noynoy is the President’s nickname.
“It is a sign of utter hopelessness on the part of the ruling coalition,” he said in a statement.
De Vera and Reyes were reacting to a proposal by Dasmariñas City (Cavite) Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr. on Wednesday for a team-up between the President and Roxas, who have been having a hard time searching for a vice presidential candidate.
“No need to look any further. There is no better running mate for administration standard-bearer than President Aquino himself. A Mar-Noy tandem would be the ‘dream team’ for the Filipino people–our bosses. It will be a tandem that will not only win but more important, would work for the next six years for the continuity of the daang matuwid [straight path],” said Barzaga.
The lawmaker is vice president of the National Union Party, which has coalesced with the LP.
But De Vera disagreed with Barzaga, saying an Aquino vice presidential runs smack of a sinister agenda to perpetuate himself in power.
“Its always a dangerous sign when political parties, out of desperation, recycle their incumbent officials to run for lower positions. At the local level, political clans and dynasties do this (mayor to vice mayor, governor to vice governor) to stay in power,” he pointed out.
Reyes, on the other hand, said Barzaga’s proposal was “delusional” and that a “Mar-Noy” tandem will “inflict anew on us the discredited daang matuwid (straight path).”
“He is either delusional or is desperately trying to score brownie points with the outgoing President. There is no way this recycled yellow tandem will be acceptable to the people who desire real change,” the Bayan leader added.
“In life, certain things are not meant to be recycled and allowed to persist beyond its expiry. The Aquino regime is one of those things. It deserves to be placed in the dustbin of history,” Reyes said.
Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. reiterated Malacanang’s statement that the President is not running for any elective position in 2016.
“President Aquino has previously stated that he would like to retire from public office when his term ends at noon of June 30, 2016, and to the best of my knowledge, he has made no comments to the contrary,” he pointed out.
Caloocan City Rep. Edgar Erice, chairman of the LP political affairs committee, also ruled out a Mar-Noy tandem in 2016, saying the bachelor President should pursue a married life instead.
“Let’s give the President time to have a lovelife. He should get married and have children,” he added.
“Sayang naman ang genes niya [His genes should not go to waste],” Erice said.
The President, according to him, deserves some time off once he steps down from office in June 2016.
“Let’s show some compassion to the President. Let us let him have rest. I don’t think that’s [Mar-Noy tandem] possible,” Erice said.
WITH LLANESCA T. PANTI