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First Things First

May 16, 2010

A good commander knows how to pick his battles.

If our new President knows how to picks his, he must realize that while he has immense political capital going into Malacanang on Jun 30, the Filipino people expects him full well to expend that capital prudently and in a manner that the downtrodden that he is the avowed champion of understands and understands easily.

Yes, President Noynoy won by a landslide with his spinmeisters dubbing him the ‘People’s President’, making him sound like he’s Manny Pacquiao.

But let’s stop the mixed imagery right there.

It’s not as if Benigno Simeon Aquino III is some bang pugilist who eats Mexicans for breakfast and a Bob Arum packaging his next megabucks fight.

Aquino is President and the first order of business for him is to translate his electoral victory into effective government and good governance.

At the same time that he is assembling a Cabinet made up of men and women of both broad and deep seated commitment to his agenda of positive change the new President must cobble together principled leaderships in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

This will not be an easy task but it can and must be done, notwithstanding the antics that Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her allies can be expected to continually pull.

At the Judiciary, the battle is also against corruption, as corruption is seen as also at the root of injustice.

President Aquino will be wrong, woefully wrong, to think it’s about him simply showing petulant displeasure at GMA successfully installing her midnight Chief Justice and completing an ‘Arroyo Court’ that will protect her from the slew of cases over her misrule.

The onus will be on Chief Justice Renato Corona, Mr. President, to cast his own independent, probative shadow.

First things first.

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