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The Burden Of Leadership, If It Does Come (Updated With Reported LP Plan to File DQ Case VS Noynoy)

April 28, 2010

I am trying to stay calm as I take in these two statements from the man who may well be our next President:

As interviewed by Bloomberg

Noynoy Aquino:

If we have a correct counting of the votes, I think we will be very victorious. If “the people’s will is frustrated,” demonstrations could make this month’s protests in Thailand seem “mild” by comparison.

I don’t claim sole credit for having withstood the coups (during my mother’s time), But I think I played an important part. They chose our side.

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aJTgwZoa.Bis

As reported by The Philippine Star

Gusto ko iliwanag, sa akin kandidato ko kaisa-isa kong partner sa laban na ito, si Mar, dahil sigurado akong ipagpatuloy niya kung sakaling di ko kayanin (I want to make it clear that I have only one candidate and one partner in this fight, and that is Mar, because I am certain he will finish what I have begun).

http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=570439&publicationSubCategoryId=63

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20100428-266851/Aquino-Roxas-is-my-only-VP

Making these statements in succession, one gets a sense that the only son of heroes Ninoy and Cory Aquino is caught between

1) seeming to petulantly declare victory on the basis of the surveys;

2) asking himself whether he has what it takes to be Chief Executive;

3) shaking off the persistent talk that not all is well between him and running mate Mar Roxas; and

4) recklessly invoking People Power.

This is difficult, and dangerous.

How Benigno Simeon Aquino III sorts these issues out will impact not simply on his ability to lead a post-Arroyo regime but whether he can parlay a legitimately obtained electoral mandate into genuine reforms in governance — reforms promised by all those before him but waylaid by politics of accommodation that co-opted by the self-serving agenda of people who are a  leader’s blood relations and extended family, including favor seekers and those who anonymously funded his electoral run.

Such is the burden of leadership… if it does come.

Update:

The negative reactions to Aquino’s statement have begun to broil, with Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Rosales summing it up in one word: crazy.


Akbayan Representative Risa Hontiverous-Baraquel this morning attempted to nuance the remark of her presidential standard bearer.

“The reference to People Power is the sense that Filipinos remain vigilant against any threat to their freedoms. It is not at all a threat to stage a new revolution,” Hontiveros told the Kapihan sa M anila Hot el press forum.

Hontiveros had a ‘revelation’:

Sources are telling us that the Nacionalista Party is plotting to file a disqualificatiom case vs Senator Noynoy on the basis of the bogus psych reports the NP itself released.

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