Oh to be president --and not end up like Gloria

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Monday, May 5, 2014


“Anyone who’s in politics, from bry. captain to senator, who says he doesn’t want to be president is hypocritical. Everyone wants it...I want to be president of this country. I think I can do something great for God and our people--Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano

IT MAY not be hypocrisy. They may be just realistic or faithful to some belief.

Those who shun the presidency think they have little chance to win because of meager resources or lack of machinery or experience, as Sen. Grace Poe says she has. Or they don't want to be beholden to campaign contributors,as Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte
says he doesn't.

Not oddly, the fate of former presidents Joseph Estrada (convicted of plunder) and Gloria Arroyo (charged with vote fraud, corruption and plunder) hasn't deterred presidential wannabes. So what if the two presidents in the last 12 years went to prison? The presidents-to-be wouldn't steal or wouldn't be caught stealing.

Lesson

The lesson learned: don't end up like Erap or Gloria. Few are more pathetic than being convicted of wholesale corruption or strapped to a wheelchair and collared with a neck brace while awaiting trial: the image of subjugation and misery enhanced by past images of power and luxury.

Every president-wannabe says he'll do something "great" for God, people and country, the catch-all promise that's supposed to cover everything but doesn't really mean anything.

To aspirants, what matters first is winning: snagging the vote. Staying in office and not landing in jail or being dumped in history's dustbin is something that could happen after one's term.

(paseares@gmail.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 06, 2014.

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