SET DECISION ON POE’S STATUS
There goes the decision of Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) favorably granting Grace the status as natural-born and therefore qualified to run for the highest post in the land. Hindi pa nakuntento ang iba sa naganap na kinahinatnan, the outcome of the SET deliberation has been challenged. A failed senatorial candidate who filed a disqualification case against Poe wanted to appeal what has been handed down by SET. A front runner candidate for the highest post believed that the decision trifled with the Constitution. Other competing candidates, unable to discourage one another, would rather mount one black propaganda after another in a manner that would bash and discredit those who cast a moistened eye at the Presidency.
Ano nga ba talaga gustong mangyari nitong mga hinayupak na ito? That SET should decide according to what other people wanted to believe based on other’s perception and not only one’s studied position on the matter? SET came up with their own stand and after dividing the house, handed down the verdict.. Tapos nung hindi umayon ang desisyon sa pakilasa ng iba, away na gusto. Bakit nung una pa hindi kinwestyon ang proseso na dalhin ang issue sa SET sa simula pa lang. May mga taong hindi talaga bagay sa fair competition. They are sour when they lose.
What is there in the candidacy of Grace Poe that smacks of fear among those she is competing with? That she would win hands down? Depende yan sa gusto ng taong bayan. Sabi nila, ano naman daw ang ginawa ng Grace Poe na dapat kilalanin kung karapat -dapat syang maihalal na Presidente. Dahil siya ba ay anak ng Action King Fernando Poe? Dahil siya ba ay anak ng Susan Roces, reyna ng pinilakang tabing? Grace Poe’s star shone during a Senate Inquiry and her composure and brilliance illuminated the murky issues and those watching the proceedings were mesmerized.
Hindi naman basta bumibilib ang taong bayan sa mababaw na paraan. Senator Grace Poe showed radiance kasi. On the other hand, Mayor Duterte’s adroit handling of Davao, a former hotspot of violence, transformed the place into a model hub and the safest city in Asia. It intrigued the people no end. They want a Duterte leadership to make the country at par with best. Ganyan katalino ang taong bayan. Duterte may have a strong regional Visayan accent but he was a best seller, a firebrand even in Luzon during his Federalism forays.
The same is true with Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, who dropped her intellectual posturing on Law and pursued street witticism instead. She is a rallying cry in cyberspace, the home of the millennials, that group comprising almost one-half of the voting population. She is their patron saint, a savior in the making, a contemporary Joan of Arc. Gusto nilang maluklok sa Malacanan si Miriam din. Hindi mababaw ang taong bayan, I tell you.
Although to a certain extent, wala nga lang magawa ang tao sa situation. Karamihan ng mga maayos at maiging maging lider sa Congress at Senate ay siya pang nangangayaw kumandidato. Kaya naman ito naging kumpulan ng ilang may ambisyon, gaya na mga artista, basketbolista, boksingero, at iba pang celebrity, kapamilya na halos wala namang nalalaman sa patakbo ng bayan. Kahit sino na lang tuloy ang naiboboto. Sa ganyang paraan lang hindi makuhang lumalim ng botante. Eh, paano naman, wala ng pag piliin pang iba.
I dpn’t understand why candidates for the highest post do not like idea of presenting their mantra to the people, to have a debate, some kind of a program like that in USA where contenders confront their fellows, there to answer the people, there to argue and sell their ideas. Walang ganito dito sa Pinas, puro paid advertisement. At kung meron man sa media na lumabas na interview, ito ay halatang may script o di kaya, pabatikos ang dating.
Why not face the people, all of those who are vying for the Presidential post. Let the people hear them. Mabuti pa si Alma Moreno braved Karen Davila’s prime time program. She was bashed after that forgettable interview but I would give it to Alma for being what she really is, brave and casual. Samantalang yun iba, ayaw humarap sa taong bayan. Nahihiya kaya? Tapos gustong maging lider ng madlang pipol. Nakakahinala tuloy kung ano talaga ang hidden agenda ng mga ito.
Filipinos love fairness. They can be enslaved anytime. They can suffer also kung kasalanan nila. They deserved a poor government because they falter at times when they choose. But they never renege when it comes to playing fair.