I have decided to run, declared Chairman Bayani Fernando when asked if he consider to run as president in 2010. Fernando recently visited Cebu and spent a fraction of his time meeting some Cebu bloggers, and student writers and leaders. I got the opportunity to see him upclose.
If his party, Lakas-Kampi CMD will endorse an outsider (Noli de Castro) or a newcomer (Sec. Gilbert Teodoro), will he still pursue his plan? Bayani expressed with confidence his faith that he will get his party’s support. His answer was straightforward. There was no implication that he will leave Lakas-Kampi CMD and form another party like what former President Ramos did.
Ironically, on the same day he shared to us his faith on his party’s support, Malacanang announced that the President expressed her confidence that Noli de Castro would become a good president. President Arroyo is the chairperson of Lakas-Kampi CMD. Her statement was taken as strong sign that Lakas Kampi will soon adopt and endorse Noli de Castro.
Bayani Fernando is serious on his plan to become the next president. His close supporters are now working hard to prepare for that. In fact, he was introduced to us as the next president of the Republic of the Philippines. And why not? Bayani Fernando has proven track record as former mayor of Marikina and as MMDA Chairman. To sum it all, Bayani has proven track record, credentials, competence and integrity – the traits we need for a president.
However, Bayani performs poorly in surveys – too far from Noli de Castro and a little better than Sec. Gilbert Teodoro.
Chairman Bayani was soft spoken. And unlike other presidential aspirants, he did not boast his plan for reforms and changes on government structure. Instead, he presented his vision to implement what we have (our laws) and to instill productivity and discipline. He had done this in Marikina and in MMDA.
I have not known much about Bayani except when he is on news when illegal structures are demolished and illegal vendors pushed. I remember him with his men giving deodorants to drivers.
More than traffic and deodorants, Bayani had accomplished many things. His political will is admirable. I think we need political will to make our nation great again.
It will take some time before majority of us to believe Bayani’s ways. Most Filipinos prefer leader who bend rules to accommodate feelings.
In a local news, reporter asked some Cebuanos if they know Bayani Fernado. Some of them said, they don’t. Again it will take time for Fernando and his team to introduce him and what he did and what he had done.
But like other presidential aspirants, Fernndo is pouring his efforts to get close to grassroots level. To have online presence, he has also his website, BayaniFernando.com.Ph. At least this help boost his popularity. I don’t know how popular his website is but it has already been noted because of the interactive game. I have not tried it though.
Unless team Bayani triple its efforts, Bayani will just be associated to traffic – his accomplishments never known.
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