woman is ambitious. We should all admire her for that. But as they say
in politics, just because you can win does not mean you should (run for
office). Remember Cory Aquino? We made her president,
though she admitted she was just a plain housewife and knew nothing
about running a country. Well, after six years as president, she stepped
down having accomplished next to nothing.
And forever gave away the only
real opportunity to turn this country around and correct the wrongs of
the past. In fact many of the problems we face today continue to linger
because of what she didn't do as president. But she was the grieving
widow of our beloved hero Benigno Aquino Jr., and well … she had a sweet
face and a really kind heart, and that was good enough for us Pinoys.
But today, nearly 30 years
later, Filipinos cannot afford to make the same mistake again. In the
upcoming election, we have the ambitious newcomer, neophyte Senator
Grace Poe—an untested, “unknown quantity” in Philippine politics. Poe is
currently riding a wave of popularity and is flirting with the idea of
running for President not because she has a long record of achievements
to run on—she has none. She is doing it simply because she knows she can
So we ask again as we
have done several times in the past editorials: What exactly has Grace
Poe done that qualifies her to lead the country as its president? In her
latest speech she argued for the rights of adoptees … like her. Well,
that’s wonderful but we’d also like to hear her talk about more
substantive issues like our national defense. What is her stand
regarding China’s aggressive moves in the West Philippine Sea? How does
she plan on dealing with the multitude of rebel groups in the country?
What about foreign policy? What are her views on ASEAN integration?
Where does she stand on taxes? Does she have a comprehensive plan to
curb pollution especially in our large cities? What about our exploding
population? How does she plan on dealing with that? What guiding
principles and beliefs will she follow as president? Nobody
knows, and she’s not saying!
As we've said about
Cory Aquino, a sweet face and a kind heart is not enough. The
Philippines is beset with serious problems and is lagging behind most of
its Asian neighbors; the last thing it needs is another sweet faced
know-nothing in Malacañang, who is out of her league and unable to come
up with the right decisions to move the country forward.
In an interview with
Bandila on ABS-CBN a few days ago Leni Robredo, the widow of the late
Secretary Jessie Robredo, was asked if she planned to run for vice
president in 2016.
Her thoughtful reply in Pilipino was: "Sa palagay
ko, 'yung VP, masyado siyang mahalagang posisyon; masyado siyang malaki.
Masyado siyang malaki para sa katulad ko na nagsisimula pa lamang.
Dalawang taon pa lang naman akong public servant (I think the
position of VP is very important, and very big a position. It
is too big for someone like me who is just starting out in politics.
I’ve been a public servant for only two years).
With her statement,
Robredo not only displayed her humility, admitting that she still had
much to learn in politics, but she also took a swipe at Poe who, though
obviously unqualified, is considering a run for the presidency. Before
becoming senator, Poe's only other public service job was with the MTRBC, a quasi government censorship board for movies and television.
Our advise to Poe, stay in
the senate for another decade and prove yourself first before aspiring
for higher office. Why? Because at this stage, you’re not even fully
qualified as a senator.