That in spite of the fact that millions of Filipinos, Ilocano and otherwise, residing within the Philippines and around the world, are supportive and are encouraging the good senator to run for president in 2016, Senator Ferdinand “Bong-Bong” Marcos remains safely un-committal and has not made any categorical statement or pronouncement that he indeed will run for president of the Philippine Republic in 2016.
The recent 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA) by the current Philippines president aside from soliciting reactions from the public of the current president’s performance it also signifies that the political curtain arena for the 2016 presidential contest has just begun.
Vice President Jejomar Binay since his election as vice president has long announced his intention to run for the presidency in 2016. Whereas, the Liberal Party through the now Senate President Franklin Drillon has likewise announced some 4 months ago that the Party’s standard bearer is DILG Secretary Mar Roxas. The same thing is true with Senator Bong Revilla of which his party mates in the Lakas-CMD categorically announced that indeed Senator Revilla would be their presidential standard bearer in 2016.
Secretary Roxas mindset to run for president has been fixated too long ago as he himself should have run for the 2010 presidency and the story of his unselfish and heroic sacrifice in favor of P’noy has endeared him to a lot of Filipinos. On the other hand, VP Binay is being hailed as the man to beat in the 2016 presidential race.
Not to be outdone, Senator Revilla smilingly, but with conviction declared that if he runs he will run to win and that he will make sure that planning and preparation are all in place to catapult him for the presidency.
In my personal opinions, there are many reasons why the good senator from Ilocos cannot make any categorical pronouncement at this juncture whether he will run for the presidency in 2016 or not.
Everybody is encourage to post a comment to support or to vehemently contradict any of my opinion on why Senator Marcos kept delaying his intention to run or not to run as president in 2016.
The best comment that we could get is from the good senator himself if he indeed is brave enough to take the challenge of the presidency.
Is he for presidency? Below are my personal opinions, to wit.
1. Senator Marcos fear to lose in the presidential contest far outweighs his desire to become the next president of the Republic of the Philippines;
2. That despite the long successful experience of his family in Philippine politics, Senator Bong-Bong Marcos do not know how to win the presidential election;
3. That Senator Marcos is not certain or is doubtful whether the Nacionalista Party where he belong will support him:
4. That Senator Marcos has not reached yet an agreement with a would be vice presidential tandem necessary to enhance his image and winnability;
5. That Senator Marcos has not received definite pledges of financial support from the business community particularly from businessmen that matters in politics;
6. That Senator Marcos in his assessment and judgment is neither certain whether he will be supported by the acknowledged kingpins of rich vote provinces and cities nor his hands will be raised by national political king makers;
7. That Senator Marcos is not decisive and straightforward enough to humbly ask for support from those influential persons who are both loyal and long friends and allies of his father;
8. That Senator Marcos do not know how to effectively respond with all the criticisms that will be hurled against him, his family and particularly with his father once he announced that he indeed will run for president in 2016;
9. That Senator Marcos knows and believes that President Aquino will do everything in his power to thwart the presidential ambition of Senator Marcos;
10. That Senator Marcos himself believes that he has no chance to win the presidential election in 2016;
11. That Senator Marcos is inclined to believe that the mainstream media are not supportive of him to become the next president of the Philippines;
12. That Senator Marcos knows that he does not possess even an inch of his father’s brilliance and strong conviction and determination as a person.
The most common excuse that candidates uses was that it is too early for politicking and that one should concentrate first on the works that will benefit the great majority of electorates. Nonetheless, the early birds catch the healthy and sweet worms, while the bird that works early and stays and works late catches the remaining worms.
The bird that does not do anything and prefers to wait and see usually ends up as a loser. A strong leader is firm and not akin to bamboo shoots that sways only in the direction of the wind.
Once Senator Marcos announced his intention to run for president, a good 6 months after his announcement will be enough for him to assess whether he has a strong or slim chance to win the presidency. He should not be afraid of the criticism against his father, against him or against any member of his family as all those criticisms has been hurled repeatedly and endlessly and will continue to haunt him and his family for the rest of their lives unless all issues are faced and confronted squarely.
He could even humbly but wittily and sharply retort that his opponents cannot win any election simply by virtue of platform of governance but by hurling criticisms and nasty words against his father who has died too long ago and that his father can no longer defend himself by virtue of being dead for over 2 decades.
Presidency indeed is a destiny. Though destiny it is, the individual being chosen to lead and vested the presidential authority is one great leader who is decisive, willing and ready to take on the great responsibility and be accountable to the nation and its people.
Is Bong-Bong Marcos fit to become president and brave enough to take the challenge of the presidency?
What can you say about the good senator?