I am amazed with the recent media hype to make Noynoy run for president in 2010. After the death of his mother, former President Cory Aquino, Noynoy’s supporters suddenly surfaced.The excitement are becoming more intense with the catch that Noynoy is the only hope for this nation. The Noynoy Aquino magic is born!
Instead of going to political maturity, we seemed go backward. We go back to the time when we entrust our fate to magic and unseen forces. Are you going to blindly follow the wave and entrust the fate of this nation to a magic born out of sympathy? Obviously, the blind support to Noynoy is just a sympathetic move to ease the pain of losing a mother. Making Noynoy as president is too much!
Recently, Mar Roxas, announced that he will support Noynoy for president. But Noynoy has not yet decided if he will really run. The announcement of Mar made him an instant hero. If Noynoy decided not to run in 2010, Mar’s rating will surely get a significant boost. If Mar Roxas run as Noynoy’s vice president, the team will be a strong force in 2010 elections. I wonder, why Mar made an early announcement when Noynoy has not yet decided. What’s the catch Mar? Or is this part of ‘magic’ – a way so that we will talk about them?
Why Noynoy? As I wrote in my previous post, Noynoy has not yet proven his worth. He is only son of Cory and Ninoy. Being son of national icons are not enough guarantee that he will serve well. He also need to learn how to become a good statesman. Currently, he just echo the criticism of popular critic of the Arroyo administration.
In his column, Emil Jurado wrote:
[Noynoy's] only credential and qualification to seek higher office is his being the son of Ninoy and Cory Aquino. That’s all. Neither does Noynoy have the track record, much less the competence and credentials for the vice presidency or the presidency. What has he done except bask in the shadow of his famous parents? Neither does he have that “star quality” that appeals to people.
In an interview, Leah Navarro of Black and White movement asserted that since Noynoy is son of Ninoy and Cory, his will to serve the nation is in his blood. Obviously, Navarro implied that Noynoy don’t need to prove his worth because of his blood lineage. Do you see the logic on that?
What I see as most dangerous is the expectation of the people. Noynoy’s supporters have faith that he is the only hope of this nation because he is an Aquino, with untarnished name. But these are not enough. Leadership, competence, and ability to synthesize issues are essential for a national leader.
If we expect Noynoy to reform this nation, let us start asking him.
What he had done as public servant? His accomplishments will define how he will likely work as president. What are his visions and how he will direct this country to gain economic prosperity.
If Noynoy can’t give us concrete answers, he likely blame past administration. That is always easy for him.