IF we are to believe a recent Bloomberg survey among analysts and bankers, first–time Sen. Grace Poe emerged as the choice to lead the country as President of the Republic come 2016. From among the 23 surveyed, 12 voted for Poe, three for Vice President Jojo Binay and four for Interior Secretary Mar Roxas.
That must be heartwarming. To be leading in almost all if not all surveys. But it can also be pressure on the senator. Surely she must be thinking already will I be able to handle the country’s gnawing problem of jobless growth, overpopulation, climate change, food security, the elusive peace in Mindanao and now, China’s relentless pursuit of disputed territories?
Her inexperience in running a government is one issue being thrown at her other than her citizenship. Other than the MTRCB, she did not hold any other government post. But it seems the masses do not feel this is an issue. They probably would rather hedge their bet on someone with no track record of corruption and scandal rather than to a trapo.
Poe has the benefit of starting her political career on a clean slate with only the reputation of her adopted father Fernando “Da King” preceding her. And that is why it is important that Poe surrounds herself with excellent advisers who can counsel her with the right motives. Not only when that time comes when she wins as President but right now while she is a senator. Other than Sen. Chiz Escudero, I am not aware who Sen. Poe seeks counsel from nor who composes her Senate office staff. And other than the Freedom of Information Bill, which she authored, I have not heard of other causes that she has championed.
No doubt Sen. Poe is a runaway winner in all the polls and surveys conducted. She exudes a mystical charm and people feel her genuineness and simplicity. But she has to learn the ropes of how to run a presidency with all its intricacies if she is seriously thinking of taking a crack at the country’s highest post.
I am always reminded of what Ka Dolphy said when people were egging him to run. Madali manalo pero ano gagawin ko pag nanalo na ako? My personal wish is for Sen. Poe to be the first majority President elected. Then maybe there will be less politics and more governance for the people to benefit.
God is Great!