Noynoy for President column (and his "Two More"), I became excited over the possibility of renewing my voter's credentials just so I can vote for Noynoy Aquino. I even immediately campaigned for him with my facebook friends, especially former high school classmates, whom I realized share my enthusiasm.Since first reading Conrado de Quiros' excellently written
Given the excellent arguments of de Quiros, I could think of no reason, except this one:
If Noynoy Aquino will seek endorsement by Eduardo Manalo for the INC bloc-voting machine, and thereby perpetuate a bastardized Philippine democracy, then I'm never gonna vote for him. And perhaps some of my facebook friends would agree with me.
In fact, if Aquino does something that despicable, heaven forbid, I won't believe a word he would say about moral recovery, which apparently, is his emerging campaign platform.
I have high hopes he won't fall for it though since Ninoy and Cory did serve the country so well despite not getting electoral support from Manalo. Or maybe I should say, because they never have any political debts to pay Manalo.
Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not singling out Manalo's group although, honestly, no other group, religious or otherwise, does it like clock work. The El Shaddai group is posturing itself as a voting bloc, but my impression is that its more of a voting bluff, because try as he may Mike Velarde could not change the fact that Roman Catholics emphasize conscience vote rather than an in-your-face monolithic electoral unity, "Vox Populi, Vox Dei". It was not said in Latin for nothing.
By the way, kudos to Val Cuenca of Abs-Cbn for the refreshing photo above of the man who would be president... oops, my fingers are crossed ( figuratively of course =)!
ROXAS ABANDONS PRESIDENTIAL BID, THROWS SUPPORT FOR AQUINO!!!
I REMEMBER CORY AND NINOY