It is still too early to answer the question "Who will you vote for President?" as we have yet to see who the real presidentiables are. But at this point, of those who expressed their desire to run for presidency, I think, these three are the best options.
Vice President NOLI DE CASTRO
There is no doubt that Kabayan has good chances of becoming Philippines' next president. As what I can see, he is one of the few who do their jobs seriously, even if he is often silent in the background, which could be a point in his favor. I haven't heard anything about misuse of funds or whatsoever especially in Pag-IBIG, the agency he handles. And, another thing I like about him is he doesn't engage in useless political bickering. Remember when he rejected joining the Hyatt 10?
The thing that is killing his chances is his loyalty to Madam President. As McCain is to Bush, so is Kabayan to GMA. No offense, Ka Noli. Despite all the anomalies besetting the Arroyo administration *do I need to enumerate each one?*, he hardly raised a stir. He got nothing more than a 'playing safe' answer or a 'pass'. tsk. tsk. That's not good. What we need is a president who has the balls that will show decisiveness in every decision he makes. And, Kabayan may not be the man that our country needs.
Senator NOYNOY AQUINO
If the elections will be held today, he might win.
Even before he confirmed that he will run for the highest post in the land last week, he is already enjoying strong popularity among the masses. Maybe he earned his popularity by being the unico hijo of the late Senator Ninoy Aquino and former Pres. Cory Aquino. Or maybe not? But, is being popular enough?
Shall I vote for him? As of the moment, NO. Noynoy Aquino may be the most popular and most winnable presidential candidate but he's not the most competent and most qualified to occupy the highest position in the government. Besides, correct me if I'm wrong, he hasn't proven himself yet. I want to see him perform. Of course, he has to convince me first, that he's worthy of my vote.
Can Noynoy tackle the multitude of problems and tasks the future president might face? Of course, he can resort to his advisers, but the last say is his.
Senator MANNY VILLAR
I think he's up to the challenge. I believe that the next president should be someone who is strong-willed and has a strong governance tendency ala Lee Kuan Yew. For those who have been to outer space for the past 50 years, Lee Kuan Yew is the founder of modern of Singapore. *don't tell me you didn't know that *. And Manny Villar is the best option we had, being a successful real estate businessman on his own. This man really has ambitions for the country, which is a good thing. He wants to be the man to make this country move forward and bring the Filipino
people out of poverty.
How about the C5 controversy? This is yet to be proven. But if this is true, he's totally dead. Say goodbye to presidency. But, it seems that luck is still on his side. He still ranks high in surveys, which only mean two things: (1) we don't find the C5 issue of high significance; (2) we believe Villar is innocent and the allegations thrown to him are all politically motivated.
At this moment, I prefer him over Noynoy and Kabayan. But who knows? Eight months is still E-I-G-H-T months. I might change my mind.
We're an impoverished nation of almost 90 million Filipinos. 27% percent of which lives under $1.35 a day. Almost a quarter is unemployed. The quality of education and health care continue to decline year after year. The government hounded by corruption and controversies. And, a struggling economy. We badly need someone who has a sense of moral outrage that will act decisively in pulling us out in the dire state we are in. Someone who can heal this "Sick man of Asia". So, VOTE WISELY!
Guys, you don't need to agree with me. I don't write this post to sway your votes. All I want is to share the views of an 18-year old blogger who will be a first time voter next year. :)
P.S. Any endorsements, if there's any, will be made just a few weeks before Election 2010.
Enough of the Election 2010 first.
Baby JONI of Box of Cherries has another fight to win. This time it's "I am RICH GIRL Snap-a-shot and Win Contest".
Let's give her our all out support, shall we? Go baby JONI! I know you'll top this :) I'll be waiting for your treat five days from now. Uhmmm... a fan sign would be highly appreciated.