So many presidentiables come 2010, a peek of these wannabes during the leadership forum over ANC where some made a bit of an impression, and some flopped. The first batch were Among Ed Panlilio, Gibo Teodoro, Mar Roxas, Chiz Escudero, Dick Gordon. Perhaps the next batch would bring Ping Lacson, Jejomar Binay, Bayani Fernando, Loren Legarda, Manny Villar, and former President Erap Estrada over the tube.
Was I impressed? Not much. But if you ask me to pick from these batch my top three would be Gordon, Fernando, and Roxas would be my last choice. I believe we need a leader who has a strong arm; Gordon and Fernando may have this (but not like those of Ping) and a leader who has vast experience in grassroots knowledge. Roxas belong to the elite class and may not truly possess what you see from his Erap-like campaign.
This country does not need so many intellects but men who are willing to make a change, endure countless sacrifices, and a follow through policy. The need to end corruption, start fixing poverty; and finally stamping on what has to be done with our ballooning population. This has to end. We should know when to stop being a burden.
We need some Deng Xiaoping indoctrination in our western- imitated system because everything we’ve tried has failed. We will never reach the responsiveness (the west) possesses no matter how media mileage and education we expend; we need to let the undeserving people know that the government is not always there and they should try to fix themselves first. Being poor has been a weapon of choice in defending the status in life and the government (politicians) tolerate this. We need an iron casted policy that will thumped heads and finally wake them up.
It’s a messy, difficult uphill climb but has to be done. Who’s going to do it? A leader with an iron hand, a political system that does not favor allies, where corrupt public servant, private taxpayer, elected officials are prosecuted whether he’s a big fish or not, where media institution does not favor themselves always, and does not pollutes peoples way of thinking, and at the very core are constituents that abide, assert themselves and do not expect so much (personal) favor from their vote.