Can Noynoy Lead?
Can Noynoy lead?
This must surely be the questions most right-thinking and patriotic Flipinos are asking with the latest surveys indicating that Aquino and Manny Villar are running neck and neck 60 days before the elections.
There is even a dark back drop: both camps, according to loud whispers, are set to unleash (if they haven’t already done so) black propaganda stories against each other.
The operations are aiming at both candidates’ jugulars.
But true or not the important question still is whether Noynoy or Villar has what it takes to govern and govern with integrity and vision.
A lot has been exposed about Villar’s alleged tainted if not corrupt activities and all that he’s said is the allegations are just “political smear jobs.”
Villar is also widely perceived as Arroyo’s Trojan Horse and people ask how, as a businessman, he will obtain ROI on the billions he is spending to win Malacanang.
While no such charges have been leveled against Noynoy, the criticisms have ranged from the paucity of his supposed platform, his running purely on the basis of his parents’ legacies, and his track record as lawmaker.
The supposed ‘dead heat’ notwithstanding, Filipinos overseas keenly watching how the election in their homeland will turn out.
They share the belief that after the corruption-riddled rule of Gloria Arroyo we must make an informed choice about who our next President will be.
This hope is embodied in a note that found its way t my In Box this morning:
The national elections in May, obviously, will be the most important democratic event, exercise, process, etc., if you will, to occur in the lives of the Filipino people. The May elections will be a very unique moment in time in the life of our country. The last time a presidential election, a rare event (only every 6 yrs), took place was in 2004.
Despite the fact I live here in the States, I and millions like me, have more than a “passing interest” in its outcome. The Philippines will always be our Motherland. We were born there, grew up there, educated and worked there. We have a home there. I have a daughter and a grandson who live there. We all have relatives and close friends whom we visit with regularity. We can all agree that physical proximity to the country shouldn’t be a litmus test in deciding which one of us has more at stake in the country’s future.
I need to be enlightened. It will help me try to convince my aunt, my daughter, the domestic help, and others to vote for the best leader to govern the country in the next 6 years.
Tom and Vince, you signed on with Senator Noynoy Aquino very early. What attracted you to him? What kind of leadership do you think he can provide that Villar, Gibo Teodoro, Gordon, Eddie Villanueva can’t? I am not including Erap in this list because we all know he can’t lead and therefore cannot govern.
The country is experiencing, perhaps with a great deal of anguish, a Gloria Macapagal Arroyo fatigue. Is it fair therefore to her annointed one, Gibo Teodoro, to be on the receiving end of the negative issues that are being hurled at Gloria? Is it really fair to Gibo even though he may be a very gifted public servant who may be strongly committed and passionate about the issues that you and I and the average man or woman care about? Note, I do not know Teodoro nor am I endorsing him. Am merely raising issues and questions here.
maternal grandparents were from Tarlac, Tarlac. I spent more than a few summer days and months, as a child and growing up, visiting and paying my respects to my Lola, and my aunts and uncles. Often, I look back with fond memories at those summer days gone by.
I am disappointed that Tarlac did not benefit as much and as it should during President Cory’s era. There were questions, if I remember right, of impropriety of then Tarlac Governor Tingting Cojuangco’s governance. She, by the way, is (was) the sister-in-law of the late President Cory Aquino. Then, there was another governor of the province (a Cory ally whose name escapes me at the moment) who was charged formally for missing funds …in the tens of millions….allocated for a hospital project that has remained a white elephant. It is a pity because Ilocos Norte benefitted so much under Marcos. It is a pity that Pampanga is benefitting from Gloria’s blessings.
Lest anyone question my allegiance here, I am no Marcos fan nor an Arroyo fan.
Hacienda Luisita, a Cojuangco (Noynoy’s family) property, farm, business empire has seen volatile landlord-tenant relations, leading at times to violence. Is it true that Hacienda Luisita is on the verge of bankruptcy? Or is it already bankrupt?
If so, how does one expect Senator Noynoy to lead, manage and govern a more complex Philippines when he and his family cannot even take care a province like Tarlac and a business like Hacienda Luisita?
I do not wish to offend and antagonize any and all Aquino supporters. At the end of the day (and at the end of the May elections…regardless who the winner may be), I would like to believe that we can set aside politics and still remain friends.
I have not made up my mind. Like I said, I wish to be educated and enlightened. I do think the questions I raised are valid.
Is there something indefinably different about Noynoy, and genuine that I may be missing? Do you believe that Noynoy Aquino present the best hope we’ve had in a long time?
Mabuhay ang Pilipinas. Mabuhay kayong lahat.
Paging Senator Aquino.