We ran an article about the Poe-Escudero tandem last August 2015 when the talks of pairing them were being boiled on the press. It was an exciting tandem so to speak. It was before the height of Grace Poe’s citizenship controversy. And as much as the pairing elicit fun fare, we thought that an Escudero-Poe tandem could be much better choice instead of the other way around. We just based it on both Escudero and Poe’s political experiences, and the former has the most advantage when it comes to that field.
Still on that article, you may want to read Escudero-Poe tandem plausible in 2016, where we’ve mentioned that there are set of candidates who could be a possible great tandem come May 9, 2016. Miriam Defensor Santiago tops our best bet for possible tandems. Duterte hasn’t yet declared his bid of running for the presidential race when that article came out.
In October 2015, we joined many students, party mates, and supporters of Sen. Miriam on her visit to UP Bahay ng Alumni where she spoke of her intention of running as President of the Philippines and to remind all present in the venue that what the country needs now is a clean and courageous government.
The 70-year old senator was firm on taking the 6-year term as President and she was quoted saying “(she) doesn’t want to spend the next 6 years lying in bed feeling sorry for myself,” as her answer to her purpose of becoming the next leader of the nation during the first Presidential Debate hosted by GMA News and Inquirer last February 2016.
Over the course of the election campaign, her detractors try to bring her down politicking her way out with black propaganda about her health. “There has been a lot of black propaganda against me, most recently these recent months that I have been withdrawn because of my cancer. I’ve already shown you that I am what I am now. I am what I was today and what I will be tomorrow,” said the fighter Miriam during the third Presidential Debate hosted by ABS-CBN this April.
Transcript of Miriam Defensor Santiago’s Closing Statement (Presidential Debate III)
“We are not looking for an ordinary leader or an ordinary manager, or administrator. We are looking for the President of the Philippines. So, I think the first qualification should be international stature that could be a great help to Philippine foreign and domestic policy. But more importantly, I repeat, there are three qualifications to become President. Academic Excellence. Ako may Doctorate ako in Juridicals from America. Tsaka Valedictoriam ako sa lahat ng klase ko. Hindi naman pwede na yung nauupo sa likod yun ang magiging Presidente ng Pilipinas.,” Miriam told the audience of the first qualification a person running for President of the country should possess.
“Pangalawa, Professional Excellence. Binigyan ako ng prestigious Magsaysay Awards for Government Service, quote, “For bold and moral leadership in cleaning up a corrupt government agency”. Meron ba silang ganun? Third, Moral Excellence. Maliban sa dalawang excellences na yun, meron pang Moral Excellence which is the more important. Unfortunately, there is no machine that you can attach to a human being so that you can tell whether that person is honest or not. Maaring bolero lang, maaring magaan ang bibig, maaring kung anu-anong sinasabi basta kung ano ang unang dumating sa isipan nya. Kaya pag-isipan nyong mabuti itong ginagawa natin. Nagpipili tayo ng ating magiging leader sa sunod na anim na taon. Hindi tayo pwedeng mamili sa base lang ng kursunada o dahil uso lang sa mga gang ninyo or sa mga tribes ninyo sa eskwela. We are all united in this endeavor to improve and reform the Philippines. Akala ng iba palaging ganito na lang tayo? Hindi! Lalabanan natin itong korupsyon na naging ugat at sanhi ng ating kahirapan. We can fight corruption,” she continued saying enumerating all three excellence’s.
“I’ve not allowed my words to overcome my deeds. For those who think that I should withdraw because I have once been a cancer patient. This is what I say. I am now normal. I can think and I can act, and I can pray. Ngayon, gusto nyo akong mag-urong? Sinasabi na nga ninyo na nag-urong na si Miriam. Biro mo, ang lakas pati sa radyo. Ang sagot ko sa kanila, I will never quit. I will never stop. I will never withdraw!,” she fiercely debunked her detractors.
“We all want to change the world, for the better. But the person who prayed, should be emulated itself. God, preserve this country and begin with me. Thank you,” Miriam asked for spiritual guidance as she closes her statement.
WHO’S GOT THESE THREE QUALIFICATIONS?
Now we ask each and everyone of you. Who among the presidential possess or qualified with Professional, Academic, and Moral Excellence? In general we doubt anybody among the candidates, except for Miriam, have these three qualifications.
Even his Wharton degree is stained with controversy. And he may have served too long in the government but his tenure in the service wont still measure excellence.
Citizenship is a big deal when you run or aspire of becoming the next president. If you’re hiding the truth, then moral issues will haunt you until the end of counting of the votes. Government or professional excellence? She needs a lot more experience to be given that recognition. So far by now, she needs a lot of mentoring if she really wants to take that first and highest seat in the government.
Charming? Yes. Firm, dedicated, and convincing? Yes. Duterte slams bang with Professional Excellence and we admire his great job for what he have accomplished in Davao. Academic? Maybe. But when it’s about moral you’re asking, he will surely drop from the highest ten to the negative grade. Yet his supporters seem not to mind about his (im)moral businesses. Frankly speaking, Duterte is one of the best choice other than Miriam.
Being a human rights lawyer before EDSA Revolution 1 puts Binay on a nearly top spot, next to Duterte and third under Miriam. But that is if we are talking about the pre-EDSA Revolution 1 days. We all know of what Binay have become after making Makati his ‘own’ property. We are not against dynasty in government as long as the family is providing their people well and after their constituents’ best. But if you’re only making your family rich and banks on your family name to get more favors, and more positions, then we have a problem with dynasty, and moral issues.
Definitely. 100%. She has it all. Of all the candidates, she’s the only one who can truly say, she have all these qualifications, right smack, in-your face, eat-your-hearts-out scream in front of her opponents.
All but Miriam are flooded with mud throwing, insults, ridicule, bashing, etc. But not Miriam. Think of anything, aside from that cancer issue, that you can throw at Miriam to degrade her ambition of running. If you say none, then you have the answer for your ballot.
This coming election, choose wisely. You have the answer, don’t mess with it this time around. We need reform, transition to change, and above all, a corrupt-free nation. 6 years. That’s all we need. Badly.
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