This is it.
If there is one thing that really clinched and sealed who I will be voting for Vice-President come May 9, 2016, the first and only debate for Vice-Presidential candidates sponsored by the Commission on Election, Business Mirror and CNN Philippines did it. It was held at University of Santo Tomas (my alma mater) Quadricentennial Pavilion yesterday from 5pm to 8pm, a three-hour stay in front of the TV but it was all worth it. And this is way, way better than the first two Presidential debates sponsored by two local TV stations. Give it to CNN Philippines.
Five men and a lady.
Yes, five of them are senators and a lone congresswoman from Bicol – Sen. Cayetano, Sen. Honasan, Sen. Escudero, Sen. Marcos, Sen. Trillanes and Cong. Leni Robredo. I need not describe how they presented themselves to the public and how they courted voters to mark them on their ballots next month. Some have the usual charm but their words are without “meat” if you know what I mean. Some are big in words backed by experience but not everyone of them deserves to be vice-president.
Sen. Cayetano – I like him as a Senator, the fighting-outspoken-and so in touch with issues senator when there are Senate hearings but listening to him parrot his partner’s words (Duterte’s dream of eradicating crime after 3 to 6 months), I don’t know if he is in touch with what is happening around. How would you eradicate crime in that short span when you’re just comparing it with just one place in the whole archipelago? And it makes me laugh when he said that they would step down if they can’t do it in 6 months. Tell us how you’ll do it and I’ll probably believe you. Do you have concrete plans or you just have to count bodies in the street and say, “they are criminals and they deserve to die”. Is that how it should be?
Sen. Honasan – the renegade soldier at the time when Cory Aquino was president. He was one of those coup plotters in the Aquino government. I don’t understand where he is coming from and I won’t even consider him. Issues on corruption which were frequently asked reminds me of his partner VP Binay who is running for president.
Sen. Bongbong Marcos – He is a Marcos, what more can I say. Those who don’t know history and how it was during the martial law years would admire or even vote for this guy. He was bombarded with questions about their hidden wealth, atrocities done during his father’s reign etc. He said he won’t apologize for something he didn’t do and he could not give back (meaning the money for martial law victims) something which he does not have. It makes me puke just imagining another Marcos in Malacañan. I remember the day they fled the country last 1986, he was in full battle gear, ready to fight. Never again.
Sen. Escudero – he was one of the dullest speakers in the debate, next to Honasan. I could not understand the way he talks. As we say in Tagalog “sobrang palabok” meaning, he has gone and travelled a thousand miles before he gets to the point of what he is trying to say. He is so confident that he and his partner Grace Poe would be able to pull it off. No way baby.
Sen. Trillanes – this guy has promise but he has no political machinery to speak of. I think he is the most hard-working guy in the Senate. A brave soul who thinks that Binay is guilty of corruption and doesn’t deserve to be president of our country. He clearly know what he is talking about. I like him, maybe it is not yet time for him to run but he should concentrate more on exposing anomalies in the government.
Cong. Leni Robredo – now we are speaking of someone who I think is the best among them all. She is a lawyer and wife to the former DILG Secretary Jessie Robredo who died in a plane crash a few years ago. Over the years she gave her time and effort to the poor. If there is someone who can honestly say that she knows the pulse of the lowest rank in society, she is the one. She started virtually unknown to the public but she is slowly and surely getting to the top slot. A very intelligent woman, can stand on her own even without mentioning the name of her late husband. She commutes to and from Bicol just to be with her constituents. You know, I have this dream of someday visiting Bicol riding in a bus with her and talking about not politics but about those people who she freely shares her time with. My opinion actually won’t do justice to what she has done.
May the best woman win, Cong. Leni. My family and I are voting for you. I think it’s time we deserve to have an honest Vice-President.
For the win!