Second In Rank

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 ·


I believe former President Erap Estrada said it correctly that he and Kabayan Vice President Noli De Castro will be the toughest rivals in the 2010 elections.
That is, of course, supposing the law acknowledges the legality of his being able to run again for the presidency.
Coming from a similar background, with both having the much needed appeal of the masses, the two men are assured of getting a big chunk of support (converted into votes) from the poor, who, as what Erap claims, comprise of about 80 percent of the filipino voters.
Erap, though convicted with plunder but was swiftly granted pardon by Gloria Arroyo, continues to charm the masses during his provincial sorties. It is as if the Filipino has already forgotten that at one point in history, this man has been tried and convicted of stealing money from the people.
And while the so-called opposition leaders, Villar, Roxas, Lacson, et al, continue to do their separate tactics to rank in the surveys, Erap's popularity easily moves his name on top of the list.
Noli, on the other hand, has not dealt to stand on any major issue, nor contradict the unpopular Gloria Arroyo, making him still the Administration's best (and only) choice as the standard-bearer. His "clean image", plus the administration's machinery and power, makes Kabayan Noli a man to beat in the coming election.
If the current situations will continue, we might see a race among Erap, Noli, Villar and Roxas, plus possibly the other hopefuls Villanueva and Panlilio. Logic will cast Villanueva and Panlilio out of contention (unless of course, God Himself performs a miracle and puts any of the two as the ruler). Villar and Roxas, I suppose, are a no-match in terms of masa appeal versus our two main proponents.
So that leaves us to only two individuals fighting for the top post. Will it be the returning Erap, or the popular Noli?
In either way, I believe it's about time we start praying that we will also be able to vote and choose for a very good Vice President.
Oftentimes, the people focus their mind on the presidential hopefuls, disregarding the fact that we also need a very good Vice President in place. A VP position may have been, in the past, easily overshadowed by the President, but unknown to many, the VP post is an equally important position in the land.
After all, if only we chose the best VP in 1998, history must have taken us into a different course after EDSA Dos.
Now, more than ever, let us pray that we will choose a credible and righteous Vice President.

6 comments:

marlon calaguas via inquirer blog said...
Mon Jun 08, 11:10:00 PM  

I agree. Some voters, come election time, leave the line blank intended for the Vice President position. We must remember that many times in the political history of any nation, the Vice President plays a vital role.

We must, then, pray for a good Vice President for 2010.

axie via inquirer blog said...
Mon Jun 08, 11:11:00 PM  

Nais ko lang hilingin na sama sama nating ipanalangin sa Diyos na kumilos ang Kaniyang mapagpalang kamay na maging maayos ang darating na election at loobin Niya na karapat dapat lamang na mga kandidato ang siyang manalo at maluklok upang maging maayos ang takbo ng ating gobyerno. The power of prayer can destroy all the works of enemies in our nation.

maverick via inquirer blog said...
Mon Jun 08, 11:12:00 PM  

DEFENDING ERAP:

Erap was a good president. He was just trusted most of his people which resulted to his fall.

Bakit sya lang ba nag kasala? Besides mali man ginawa ni ERAP pero kung tutuusin galing naman ang perang yon sa ibang tao hindi sa GOBYERNO. What im tryign to say is that Erap was the lesser evil. He was all out against MILF and ABU SAYAF. Meaning he wanted to cut the business these generals are managing for the last 20 years. If GLORIA really wants to put an end to this MUSLIM extrimist tapos na ang negosyo ng mga kulokoy na GENERAL natin. Kaso kailangan nyang pag bigyan sila kung hindi babaliktad ang militar sa kanya. Erap was willing to do it because he just wanted to do what was right. Erap had a civilian Secretary of Defense. This year ARROYO has a civilian secretary too. Pero sino mga nakaupong mga Cabinet Secretary?? PURO GENERAL. Naku po parang joint chiefs of staff ang itsura ng malacanang. You have Gen. RAZON of energy. Gen Ebdane of DPWH, Gen Ermita chief of malacanang. Gen. Mendoza, Etc. Ano ang mga ginagawa ng mga yan sa pwesto? para malakas pa din ang hawak ni GLORIA sa militar. Obvious naman na niloloko nya tayo.

ERAP wasnt bad. He might not be the best but he aint that really bad. We were just fooled by the ones who are intelligent and kunwari concerned sa bayan natin.

ERAP if you run i will vote for you
NOLI, sorry i wont

watawat said...
Mon Jun 08, 11:12:00 PM  

Karamihan sa nagluklok kay VP Gloria then ay nag apology kay Erap, dahil sa maling akala na uusad ang Pilipinas. Unang 3 araw pa lang ng administrasyon ni Gloria may anomalya agad (Nanie Perez). Kelan pa matututo ang mga Pilipino. Kaso hindi eh. Dapat sa Grade 1 pa lang ay turuan na kung paano ang tamang pag boto sa mga kandidato.

pinoypower said...
Mon Jun 08, 11:13:00 PM  

Just like in the presidency, there will be no dearth of good vice presidentiables. Most of them are also eyeing the top post but will be forced to go for the No. 2 position. For vice-president I believe that Chiz Escudero or Loren Legarda,depending on who will be NPC’s presidential choice, Kiko Pangilinan and Jinggoy Estrada are the strongest contenders. I will pray for all of them except for Jinggoy.
The fight will be very tough with Jinggoy having Erap as his main campaigner, Kiko having Sharon with bestfriend Juday and daughter KC as the main endorsers and Chiz or Loren with the machinery and resources of Danding Cojuangco.
You are right, we must pray for our vice-presidentiable also because after all the VP is only a people’s power, a coup d etat, an impeachment or a death away from the presidency.

quicksand via inquirer blog said...
Thu Jun 18, 01:24:00 AM  

Wag na tayong magpaloko pa kay ERAP. OO nga at marami pa siyang supporter, pero ang hindi maipagkakaila ay isa siyang ex-convict. Convicted plunderer si ERAP. Isipin na lang natin na kung hindi siya nawala sa posisyon bilang pangulo, lahat na ng mga pinoy ay pupulutin na sa kangkungan. Buti na lang at natanggal na agad siya kaya naisalba pa ang bansa natin. Ang isang mandarambong na katulad niya ay hindi na dapat binibigyan pa ng pagkakataon na makapandambong na muli. Ilibing na natin ang pangalan ni ERAP sa limot at ibaon sa hukay ng alaala. Napakasamang bangungot na ang inabot natin sa kanya. Huwag na natin hayaang maulit pa ito.

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