• The President we don’t want

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    Having written last Thursday and Friday about desirable qualities for the next President, let’s talk about some undesirables.

    (For the good qualities article, go to: http://www.manilatimes.net/seven-traits-we-want-the-next-president-to-have-2/223901/ and http://www.manilatimes.net/seven-traits-we-want-in-next-president-to-have/223993/.)

    For starters, we don’t want a head of state who isn’t breathing. Of course, most would retort, no stiffs in the Palace, if you please. Yet we have one prominent presidentiable who just completed cancer treatment last year, and has at least five years of waiting and testing to make sure the deadly tumors don’t come back.

    To her credit, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago didn’t hide her ailment. And her doctors reported last year that the malignant growth in her lung had been arrested. But if it resumes or there are any other health-related developments which may impair or cut short her tenure in elective office before 2022, Santiago should tell the Filipino people.

    Ditto any other candidate, especially those vying for the presidency. Quite simply, the nation should not have to deal with the potential problems and disruptions of a gravely or fatally ill Chief Executive, especially since there are a good number of able-bodied leaders to choose from.

    Just tell the truth
    Undesirable Trait No. 2: The next President should not lie or otherwise play fast and loose with the facts, and should comply with the law. Again, this seems pretty obvious. Yet one leading candidate has yet to give a straightforward explanation of her citizenship and residency qualifications.

    Thus, what should be a simple matter of checking the records to see if Senator Grace Poe has fulfilled the requirements of both her current position and the one she aspires to, is now mired in documents marred by alterations, and the reported use of a U.S. passport after Poe had already reacquired Philippine citizenship.

    This writer is not imputing any falsehood on Senator Poe or her lawyers and supporters. But if she allows dishonesty of any kind in the process to affirm her Philippine citizenship and residency, then such actuations would demonstrate a willingness to purport untruths and bend rules which is most undesirable in the next President.

    Just tell the people the truth, and let the law take its course. Veer away from that path, and you get such episodes as President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s still-murky actions during the Mamasapano massacre of 44 police commandos, and the concealing of his pork barrel as a legislator, and even the papers for the Porsche sportscar he purportedly bought and sold in his first half-year in office.

    Corruption is, of course, another no-no for the next President, or any other public official, for that matter. But there are two problems with this negative. First, if one demands absolute integrity from candidates, none may make the grade. The bigger problem lies in partisan probes, prosecution and propaganda, which can demonize rivals while sparing allies with worse sleaze.

    After many months of televised Senate hearings and the high-profile investigations and orders of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, many Filipinos are aware of corruption allegations against Vice President Jejomar Binay and his son Jun-Jun in their running of Makati City. That has eroded the VP’s voter survey ratings.

    But with no Palace investigation and limited media coverage, not even seasoned journalists, let alone ordinary Filipinos, know that smuggling trebled under President Aquino to $26.6 billion last year and totalled P4 trillion since 2010, costing at least P760 billion in lost revenues.

    Also covered up are pork barrel irregularities since 2011, when the graft-ridden fund tripled to more than P20 billion a year, as well as the Metro Rail Transit anomalies schemed under then Transportation Secretary Mar Roxas and his successor Jose Emilio Abaya.

    For sure, no one wants a leader tarred with graft, but sadly, “selective prosecution,” as the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines termed it, and pro-Aquino media have targeted his opponents, while whitewashing his allies. It then behooves voters to seek out information on irregularities implicating all candidates, not just the opposition.

    Debates, not surveys
    A fourth no-no for national leaders is ignorance and incompetence. Hard to argue with that. Yet sadly, popularity and name recall has always trumped expertise and experience in governance in the electorate’s choice.

    Thus, even if 2010 candidate Aquino showed little achievement as legislator and avoided presidential debates, he still won two-fifths of the vote. And three years later, Poe topped the senatorial race even if her only government stint was at the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board.

    Still, voters are right to demand proven governance knowledge and capability in the next Chief Executive. Then we can avoid such hallmarks of incompetence as the bloody mishandling of both the August 2010 Rizal Park hostage crisis and the Mamasapano mission, and the dismal government response to the Yolanda disaster.

    If candidates make a habit of avoiding presidential debates, know that they have little or no knowledge to show. Don’t vote for them, even if they top the surveys.

    A final negative to watch out for is the backer: Who are the candidate’s main supporters, and what is their agenda? The Liberal Party backing Roxas has one thing on its collective mind: blocking moves to hold it accountable for unprecedented sleaze under Aquino, and continuing it for six more years.

    Poe and her running mate Senator Francis Escudero depend on the mammoth funds and nationwide political organization of billionaire Danding Cojuangco. He aims to continue his San Miguel conglomerate’s gains under the present dispensation, and maybe regain the political and economic clout he enjoyed during the Marcos era.

    To be sure, every candidate needs big-bucks backers to compete. But check if there is a dominant power broker or clique the presidentiable won’t be able to say no to. If the king- or queen-makers look likely to take charge, then it’s them you’re voting into office. That’s not the president you want.

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    1. The president we don’t want are Mar Roxas, Grace Poe, and Jejomar Binay they all fall under the criteria we don’t want. We can find the right one among the 130 who filed COC for President.

    2. We will push to have a debate among the presidentiables. From them, malalaman natin kung may substance ang kanilang mga pinagsasabi at kung paano nila magagawan ng solution ang ating mga problems.. we dont need a candidates who only speak sweet words, and we filipinos now, knows already this typical politician dont do nothing and brainless. Please dont vote brainless and idiot people.. , celebrities, personalities, and media people..They were only decorations…
      Feed your beautiful minds with facts and not LIES…
      GOD SAVE THE PHILIPPINES FROM THE CROOKS

    3. Grace Poe is inviting her rivals to have
      televised presidential debates .She was once a debate champion . I like
      that POE ! . GO GRACE POE “Tirisin” MO YOUR OPPONENT. Show to your
      rivals “the master of black propaganda and personal attacks” how the
      cow eat cabbage!

      The Liberal Party ( MURAMAR Roxas )and Una Party “Binay” are good on
      character assassination and disqualification or demolition by
      perception.

      Dick Gordon just told Karen Davila on Headstart that the
      L-I-B-E-R-A-L PARTY AND U-N-A AND OTHER UP LAW GRADUATES ASKED HIM TO
      FILE A CASE AGAINST GRACE POE .NOW PEOPLE THERE WAS REALLY A TRUTH TO
      THE GOSSIP THAT THE LIBERAL PARTY AND UNA ARE VERY GOOD ON BLACK
      PROPAGANDA AGAINST POE. Mr. Gordon just told the Philippines that Una
      and Liberal Party are indeed a back stabbers they kept denying about the
      accusations and now someone in the named of Gordon spilled the beans .
      We do not like these kind people again as a leader ,do not vote for
      Roxas and Binay .We need Grace Poe ,she is honest and sincere to serve
      our country .She is a natural born citizen and meet the requirements to
      run as president. We people does not believe those personal attacks
      against Grace .The masa continue to support the underdog .Grace is the
      best candidate out there .She is untainted,sincere ,compassionate very
      competent ,brave ,strong and determined .

      Let us all vote for Grace Poe as our future president in 2016 election
      MABUHAY POE !

      • Grace is Aquino’s other horse running for president beside Roxas, either one of them get elected he and his administration of looters get pardoned.
        Why else would Grace Llamanzares turn over the SAF 44 report to Aquino’s lapdog the Ombudsman instead of to the senate ?
        Why else would she be silent on the Aquino administration failures and the looting of the pork barrel and Dap funds by her fellow senators ?

        Grace Llamanzares only qualification is her adopted father and mother were in some movies.

      • No way for poe! LAMON LAMON ba!? Lamonin mo pagka corrupt ng pag iisip mo, d ka ata pilipino. Anyway, brainless na si poe,im sure you too,Right,

      • Andres Bonifacio on

        “But if she allows dishonesty of any kind in the process to affirm her Philippine citizenship and residency, then such actuations would demonstrate a willingness to purport untruths and bend rules which is most undesirable in the next President.”

      • CESAR MASCARINA on

        Spreading of gossips is never a mark of any gentleman. Gordon did not mention faces and names and that to me is gossip, Gordon started a gossip but the worst thing that a man can do is to spread this gossip. It is a mark of an effeminate personality.

    4. No matter how good, or trying your best and used critical thinking, your bet for those politicians to win the election, your vote will rely on what the picos will select or already selected. Poe, Binay or Roxas, any one of the three will make BSA happy. These 3
      started making news in media (brainwashing the voters).

    5. What is the similarity between Binay and GMA? Their integrity and their spouses are both questionable, but so what? Lets all vote for Binay, regardless.

      • We really should vote for Binay because he is the poorest among the declared presidential candidates. Only thing he has is money but bereft of honesty, dignity and principle.

      • Binay is so poor that he earns my vote. The poorest among all presidential candidates. Only thing he has is money, bereft of honesty, dignity and principle.

    6. Grace Poe is inviting her rivals to have televised presidential debates .She was once a debate champion . I like that POE ! . GO GRACE POE “Tirisin” MO YOUR OPPONENT. Show to your rivals “the master of black propaganda and personal attacks” how the cow eat cabbage!

      The Liberal Party ( MURAMAR Roxas )and Una Party “Binay” are good on character assassination and disqualification or demolition by perception.

      Dick Gordon just told Karen Davila on Headstart that the L-I-B-E-R-A-L PARTY AND U-N-A AND OTHER UP LAW GRADUATES ASKED HIM TO FILE A CASE AGAINST GRACE POE .NOW PEOPLE THERE WAS REALLY A TRUTH TO THE GOSSIP THAT THE LIBERAL PARTY AND UNA ARE VERY GOOD ON BLACK PROPAGANDA AGAINST POE. Mr. Gordon just told the Phillipines that Una and Lberal Party are indeed a back stabbers they kept about the accusations and now someone in the named of Gordon spilled the beans . We do not like these kind people again as a leader ,do not vote for Roxas and Binay .We need Grace Poe ,she is honest and sincere to serve our country .She is a natural born citizen and meet the requiement to run as president. We people does not believe those personal attacks against Grace .The masa continue to support the underdog .Grace is the best candidate out there .She is untainted,sincere ,compassinate very competent ,brave ,strong and determined .
      Let us all vote for Grace Poe as our future president in 2016 election.

      • Rodan Guerrero on

        Even in the beginning, starting from birth, Grace Poe is already WRAPPED WITH LIES, her two(2) conflicting birth certificates prove this. She abandoned her Filipino Citizenship in exchange of luxury but then reverted back when she tasted there is a lot of money in joining the government headed by master fund manipulator. She ran for a senate seat despite knowing she does not meet the constitutional requirements. With the help of propaganda experts, her being a foundling was used to gain sympathy so that support will be on her side. She had been sitting illegally as a senator for 3 yrs and now wants to become president. She has already committed PERJURY and FALCIFICATION OF PUBLIC DOCUMENTS, what more abuse do the uninformed citizens allow her to do?

      • I’m sorry but you can easily find an excellent debater and a very honest one at that among our college students. Does that mean they are capable of being president? Where is the experience? Isn’t it odd that most of us working class citizens find it hard to land a decent job because even from the job postings, skills and experience are key? We can’t convince any decent employer to hire us by declaring we maybe inexperienced but we are honest and a good speaker!

      • Andres Bonifacio on

        nasabi na nga sa taas na writer oh….Poe ka parin ng Poe…”But if she allows dishonesty of any kind in the process to affirm her Philippine citizenship and residency, then such actuations would demonstrate a willingness to purport untruths and bend rules which is most undesirable in the next President.”

    7. We must demand for the Presidential debate to be a part of the process in choosing a the right Candidate for the Job. This will allow and educate the Filipino people to be more
      engaged in their selection of candidates when its time to Vote.

      It is a Moral Issue that must be addressed so that All Filipinos , Rich or Poor can learn and be part of the Process. This can help bring the awareness in our blind society!

      Knowledge is Power!

    8. What matters now , is to elect a tough and bright Constitutional lawyer like Sen. Santiago, If her doctor gave her a clean bill of health, with the grace of the Lord , she is the only one who can save the Philippine democracy from many severe anomalies, rampant corruption and lawlessness.

      • Sen Santiago is the only one running for president that is not a liar and or corrupt.

        Of course there is still the problem of Aquino and friends stealing the next election again with the Hocus Pocus machines. Might not matter what the voters want but then again even if they steal the next election what will the people do ?
        The same lazy response of lets sit back and let our corrupt courts decide on it sometime in the next 6 or 10 years.

    9. About Grace Poe – and nobody, i repeat nobody noticed that – even if you marry an American, you MUST
      apply to become an American citizen, just as a legal resident you pratically have all the rights of any American citizen. She renounced her Filipino status voluntarily and needlessly.
      Why ?

    10. We must demand for the Presidential debate to be a part of the process in choosing a the right Candidate for the Job. This will allow and educate the Filipino people to be more
      engaged in their selection of candidates when its time to Vote.

      It is a Moral Issue that must be addressed so that All Filipinos , Rich or Poor can learn and be part of the Process. This can help bring the awareness in our blind society!

      We must Learn from the Mistakes of the Past ! Knowledge is Power!

    11. Excellent topic discussed which is very helpful to the electorate
      However, it should be dealt with more often in the press the “king or queen maker” behind each candidate. There’s no way the ordinary voter will know who is who behind these candidates. The example of Mr. Cojuangco is one good example.

      Right on!