POE versus BINAY for the 9th of May 2016 PHILIPPINE Presidential Election, a POSSIBILITY
By: Manny Diel
The 2016 Presidential election is just less than a year away and the deadline of filing their candidacy on 12 – 15 October already set by the Commission on Elections, potential candidates gunning for the elective posts will always be a hot topic and all Filipinos should talk and discuss the pros and cons of all candidates wholeheartedly to satisfy our appetite for a better government and a better Philippines .
The following have announced their Candidacy as per Wikipedia:
For President – Jejomar Binay
For Vice- Prresidency – Antonio Trillanes 1V
Liberal Party - Mar Roxas
Lakas –CMD – Bong Revilla, Gilberto Teodoro Jr
Nacionalista Party – Alan Peter Cayetano, Ferdinand Marcos Jr, Manny Villar
Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino – Joseph Estrada
Other Parties and independents – MIriam Defensor Santiago, Francis Escudero, Panfilo Lacson, Grace Poe
Declined Candidacy – Benigno Aquino lll, Kris Aquino, Rodrigo Dutertre, Jv Ejercito, Manny Pacquiao, Francis Pangilinan, Vilma Santos
Vice President Jejomar Binay remarked that he would run for President because the country has to have leaders with “experience and competence”, insinuating Grace Poe’s relative inexperience in politics.
Poe replied “aside from experience and competence, the country’s leaders have to be honest”, this time insinuating Binay’s corruption cases when he was Mayor of Makati. A day later, Binay suggested that Poe should be his running mate, which was rebuffed by Poe, saying that she doesn’t see it happening right now, emphasising that honesty and scrutiny is important, and that they differ on those aspects.
Considering the history of Philippine politics that money talks and many Governments plagued by big time corruption s which affected the Government’s performance it’s about time for Filipinos to wake up and do the right thing , come election day.
The Philippines according to the International Monetary Fund’s Fiscal Affairs Department Report have major issues to address like high unequal distribution of income, and poverty rates are higher than in other Asean countries, economic policies that have favoured capital over labour, and import substituting industries over agriculture , and have led to underinvestment in the human capital of the poor.
The much needed infrastructure projects that could to lift the economic activities especially in the regional areas and reduce the high level of corruptions should be rigorously addressed.
Who among the possible candidates will have a major impact in addressing these major issues affecting the progress and growth of the Philippines. Let’s wait and see.