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Leni Robredo is Right; Grace Poe Shouldn't be President … Yet

he woman is ambitious. We should all admire her for that. But as they say in politics, just because you can win does not mean you should (run for office). Remember Cory Aquino? We made her president, To prove she's really in the Senate, Grace Poe take a “selfie” on her first day as senator. PDI Photo/Niño Jesus Orbetaeven though she admitted she was just a plain housewife and knew nothing about running a country. Well, after six years as president, she stepped down having accomplished next to nothing. And forever gave away the only real opportunity to turn this country around and correct the wrongs of the past. In fact many of the problems we face today continue to linger because of what she didn't do as president. But she was the grieving widow of our beloved hero Benigno Aquino Jr., and well … she had a sweet face and a really kind heart, and that was good enough for us Pinoys.

But today, nearly 30 years later, Filipinos cannot afford to make the same mistake again. In the upcoming election, we have the ambitious newcomer, neophyte Senator Grace Poe—an untested, “unknown quantity” in Philippine politics. Poe is currently riding a wave of popularity and is flirting with the idea of running for President not because she has a long record of achievements to run on—she has none. She is doing it simply because she knows she can win.

So we ask again as we have done several times in the past editorials: What exactly has Grace Poe done that qualifies her to lead the country as its president? In her latest speech she argued for the rights of adoptees … like her. Well, that’s wonderful but we’d also like to hear her talk about more substantive  issues like our national defense. What is her stand regarding China’s aggressive moves in the West Philippine Sea? How does she plan on dealing with the multitude of rebel groups in the country? What about foreign policy? What are her views on ASEAN integration? Where does she stand on taxes? Does she have a comprehensive plan to curb pollution especially in our large cities? What about our exploding population? How does she plan on dealing with that? What guiding principles and beliefs will she follow as president? Nobody knows, and she’s not saying!

As we've said about Cory Aquino, a sweet face and a kind heart is not enough. The Philippines is beset with serious problems and is lagging behind most of its Asian neighbors; the last thing it needs is another sweet faced know-nothing in Malacañang, who is out of her league and unable to come up with the right decisions to move the country forward.

In an interview with Bandila on ABS-CBN a few days ago Leni Robredo, the widow of the late Secretary Jessie Robredo, was asked if she planned to run for vice president in 2016. Her thoughtful reply in Pilipino was: "Sa palagay ko, 'yung VP, masyado siyang mahalagang posisyon; masyado siyang malaki. Masyado siyang malaki para sa katulad ko na nagsisimula pa lamang. Dalawang taon pa lang naman akong public servant (I think the position of VP is a very important, and a very big a position. Congresswoman Leni Robredo believes that the presidency or vice presidency requires a corresponding level competence for those who aspire for those positionsIt is too big for someone like me who is just starting out in politics. I’ve been a public servant for only two years).

With her statement, Robredo not only displayed her humility, admitting that she still had much to learn in politics, but she also took a swipe at Poe who, though obviously unqualified, is considering a run for the presidency. Before becoming senator, Poe's only other public service job was with the MTRBC, a quasi government censorship board for movies and television.

Our advise to Poe, stay in the senate for another decade and prove yourself first before aspiring for higher office. Why? Because at this stage, you’re not even fully qualified as a senator. Published 9/3/2015

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To Be President Bongbong Marcos Must First Acknowledge the Sins of His Father

In general a son shouldn’t be blamed for what his father did. The Holy Bible itself acknowledges this in Deuteronomy 24:16: “Fathers shall not be put to death because of their children, nor shall children be put to death because of their fathers. Each one shall be put to death for his own sin. In the case of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. he has never been accused of active involvement in the abuses of his father, former President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos. Published 8/30/2015

Traffic Will Eventually Choke Metro Manila to Death...If We Do Nothing About It Now

In an earlier editorial we highlighted the pollution problem created by diesel and 2-stroke engines in Philippine cities. Here we  highlight the deleterious effects Metro Manila's horrendous traffic problem has on the country's economy. Traffic moves around Metro Manila in a god-awfully slow pace. And as people and vehicles in this mega-metropolis increase that pace slows down even further. Published 8/26/2015

Why is the Philippines Still Spending Billions Buying Chinese Goods?

Are you one of the many Filipinos who, in righteous indignation, swore not to buy China-made goods because of what that communist country is doing to Philippine possessions in the West Philippine Sea?  First of all—thank you. It is not everyday that one can find people who are willing to make some sacrifice in order to stop an aggressive "bully" nation ... Published 8/22/2015

Air Pollution is Destroying Metro Manila and Most Cities in the Philippines

During the time of Jose Rizal, the country was known as the "Pearl of the Orient." The Spaniards, despite all their faults, built some amazingly beautiful cities in these "Islas." Clear water ran through the Pasig river and life was wholesome for all who lived here. Published 8/16/2015

Chief Justice Sereno et al, Speed Up Philippine Courts or Resign

So I guess if you're a Filipino, you're used to waiting forever for everything...especially government services. Unfortunately, the bar is set so low when it comes to government performance, it is no wonder the Philippines lags behind most countries. Published 8/11/2015

Why is Gloria Arroyo Keeping so Silent?

Remember her? She was president for almost a decade. A year after leaving office in 2010 Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was arrested and placed under “hospital arrest” where she remains to this date. Charged first with electoral sabotage, then the misuse of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes funds, Arroyo is currently confined at the Veterans’ Memorial Medical Center awaiting her day in court. Published 8/04/2015

More Far Left than the Philippine Far Left

Just as global Filipinos alarmed by China’s massive reclamations in the West Philippine Sea were preparing to hold their third annual Global Day of Protest against China’s imperialism on July 24, a “preemptive counter demonstration” was held on July 19 in front of the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC by Filipino American militants protesting US imperialism in the Philippines. Published 7/31/2015

The Iglesia ni Cristo Religion Will Eventually Self-Destruct

It will only be a matter of time before the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), founded by Felix Manalo over a hundred years ago eventually destroys itself. Like All organized religions, it stands on shaky ground depending solely on the faith of its followers to keep it going. And once that faith begins to waiver, it is the beginning of the end for that religion. Published 7/25/2015

Why Isn’t the Makati business Community Rallying Behind Jejomar Binay?

Doesn’t anyone find it a bit strange that the former mayor of Makati does not seem to have the backing of that city’s business community? Makati after all is the country’s premiere business district. Most major Philippine corporations are headquartered there. And for someone who has won election after election, whose wife also served as mayor, and whose son is the current mayor, the city’s business community seems totally disengaged ... Published 7/22/2015

What the Heck is the Problem with Filipino Voters?

Mar Roxas, who gave up his presidential aspirations in 2010 to make way for then presidential aspirant Benigno Aquino Jr., says he might be willing to give way again for frontrunner Grace Poe. The question Pinoy voters should be asking is if Roxas is so willing to give way to others, maybe he’s not that interested in running for president. At this time more than ever, the country needs ... Published 7/16/2015

Local Officials, You Are Only Temporary Stewards of the Lands You Govern

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas got it exactly right when he told Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, “you don’t own Makati City.” Roxas was referring to the mayor’s initial refusal to accept the suspension order from the Office of the Ombudsman in connection the ongoing corruption investigation against the mayor. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima chimed in as well, pointing ...” Published 7/3/2015

Will Same-Sex Marriage Ever Happen in the Philippines?

The United States Supreme Court has finally put its stamp of approval on same-sex unions. This following similar actions by governments in many other first-world democracies around the globe. The high court agreed with the argument that marriage is a very important institution in society. And to deny it to a certain group simply because of their sexual ... Published 6/27/2015

Who Should be the Next President of the Philippines?

Make no mistake, the next elections will be one of the most important—if not the most important—elections the country will ever have. Never since the Philippines gained self-determination in 1946 has it faced such an existential threat from a hostile foreign country as it now faces from China. Published 6/23/2015

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