Talk Show: The Next President

Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada, Jr. for president? It’s too early to tell. It’s just a rumor – a ‘humor’ probably. Jun Lozada – The Movie, possibly comes first.

But rumors, words and actions always foreshadow Philippine politics except to some who love surprises.

Many names already surface as possible contender for the 2010 – Vice President Noli de Castro, Sen. Mar Roxas, Senate President Manny Villar, Sen. Panfilo Lacson, Sen. Loren Legarda, Sen. Richard Gordon, MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando.

Of the names I mentioned, it seems Villar and Roxas will most likely run for president in 2010. Both silently, yet obviously work to lubricate each political machinery. It is just right, I insist.

Last week, the news broke about the possible Noli-Vilma tandem (president and vice president) in 2010. Batangas governor Vilma Santos-Recto did not confirm nor de Castro. Both can be strong contenders considering both’s popularity.

It was also reported the possible Lacson-Madrigal team-up. The office of Sen. Jamby Madrigal said, the senator prefer to focus on her work than talking about 2010 elections.

Is it too early to talk about 2010?

No.

Politicians may say so, for whatever purpose it may serve to them, but 2010 elections must be openly discussed as ‘early’ as now so that we can elect the right person to lead this nation. History should remind us that electing the ‘less evil’ would not make good to our nation.

Recently, former President Joseph Estrada expresses his intention to lead the country for the second time. And if given a chance, he said, it will be his legacy to the Philippines. I doubt he will regain his glory as he has been convicted for amassing millions of pesos. Not all Filipinos are so forgetful.

Former Solicitor General Raul Goco told newsmen that Estrada is qualified to run for president in 2010 because he had not finished his term. [1]

However in the 1987 Constitution (Article VII Section 4) stated that [t]he President and the Vice-President shall be elected by direct vote of the people for a term of six years xxx. The President shall not be eligible for any re-election. xxx

Mr. Estrada had been elected once as a president and thus not capable of being re-elected again as the president. Please see comments below.

Another name that adds to the list of possible presidential contender in 2010 is Pampanga governor Fr. Ed Panlilio. Panlilio reportedly open to run as president when necessary. [2] Will a priest gain the support of the majority?

In Baguio City ‘meet-up’ with Villar, Erap reportedly expressed his strong faith that opposition will sweep the 2010 polls. With the controversies in the present administration and if the election is done today, Erap may be almost right. It’s just almost because we cannot discount the power of political machinery that the present administration wield.

Those who intend to serve as president must present concrete plans and clear positions on the impostant issues in the Philippines. Corruption and government transparency are on top of these issues. But let us also get interested on their stand on economic reforms, food security, education, defense and national security.

Just for today, the light direct on personalities, the discussions still a ‘talk show’.

[1] GMANews.TV: Erap pwede pang tumakbo sa pagka-pangulo sa 2010 – Goco
[2] GMANews.TV: Paring gubernador…bukas sa pagtakbo bilang pangulo…

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6 thoughts on “Talk Show: The Next President

  1. Mr. Estrada is not eligible for re-election.

    1987 Constitution Article VII Section 4. The President and the Vice-President shall be elected by direct vote of the people for a term of six years xxx The President shall not be eligible for any re-election. xxx

    Mr. Estrada had been elected once as a president and thus not capable of being re-elected again as the president. More so that the none completion of his term is not caused by circumstances that is beyond his control. The Supreme Court in Estrada vs. Desierto on March 2, 2001 ruled that Mr. Estrada resigned. He voluntarily abandoned the presidency. It was his will and own volition to heed the call of the greater population for him to leave the office of the president. Voluntary renunciation of the office for any length of time shall not be considered as an interruption in the continuity of his service.

    Following the idea of the proponents of Mr. Estrada’s re-election will put us in a situation wherein, just to extend terms or service a president will resign at the final year of his term in order for him to be eligible to run for presidency again for the next election. Aren’t we exposing ourselves to the danger from which the constitution has sought to protect us from?

    Erap? Never again. For God sake…. please.

    P.S.
    Isn’t it that one of the conditions of Erap’s parole is to stay away from politics? Watch out…

    batang buotan says:
    Thank you.
    I don’t know why there are people who confuse us by telling that Estrada can still run as president. I wonder why the press continue to ask Estrada and his men if Estrada still consider to run in 2010 when it is very clear in the 1986 Constitution that he cannot.

    Very informative. Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Whether we like it or not the next President of the Philippines will be Kabayan Noli L. de Castro!!!

    Sakit sa ulo ng mga nagkalat na issues na ito. Thanks sa Snippets. Parang express newspaper. Have a nice day!

    batang buotan
    says:
    Thanks for sharing your opinion.

  3. i can say that manny villar could be a good president because of what he has done and contributed in our country during his stay in the senate. but even so, i see bayani fernando as a better leader of the nation when looked at what he has done for his town in marikina. i think he can do much more in our country.

    batang buotan says:
    Thank you for sharing your opinion. As early as now, we can start looking into the best bet for 2010.

  4. Pingback: Erap in 2010: Aspire but cannot run « Third Wave

  5. Communicating the Philippine water crisis

    I am posting a communication briefing paper on how a senator can generate public support for the water crisis issue. Hope our presidentiables generate ideas from this.

    Eero (http://www.mindbullet.org/)

    Mind Bullet Briefing Paper: Communicating the Philippine Water Crisis as a Defining National Issue for Candidates Running for the 2010 Presidential elections.

    I. Rationale

    Defining moments are very important in capturing the imagination, hearts , minds of the people to genuinely entrust leadership. Through conscious efforts and expected historical milestones, defining moments can be laid out as a story line leading to a positive perception or conclusion. Defining moments establish how the market (electorate) will perceive and decide what to do with the product (politician). Simply put, defining moments in history will determine the market positioning of candidates running for President in 2010.
    read more at: http://brainbang-mindbullet.blogspot.com/2008/01/communicating-philippine-water-crisis.html

  6. batang buotan says:
    Thank you.
    I don’t know why there are people who confuse us by telling that Estrada can still run as president. I wonder why the press continue to ask Estrada and his men if Estrada still consider to run in 2010 when it is very clear in the 1986 Constitution that he cannot.

    Very informative. Thanks for sharing this.

    Actually,Ang katwiran ng opposition is That Hindi naman Natapos ni ERAP ang Unang 4 years niya as President….

    Yun daw ang gagamitin nilang Dahilan sa SC pag Nagkataon…..

    batang buotan says:
    At kung papayagan yan ng SC, magiging precedent yan ng mga sumusunod na presidenti. Halimbawa, kung gusto ng isang presidente na palawigin niya ang kanyang termino, hindi na niya tatapusin ang 6 years, aalis siya sa pwesto at tatakbo ulit. Tapos hindi na naman tatapusin tapos tatakbo na man ulit. Naku, siguradong lalong gugulo ang politika. Ito din tiyak ang argumento na gagamitin ng kabila.

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