Third Person

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By Atty. Taipan Millan

One Small Voice

Thursday, June 26, 2014


WE have definite candidates. But, the question is, do we already have a definite winner?

The 2016 presidential election is still two years away. Two years in politics, though, is almost like just two months or two weeks or two days or two hours.

It is not only that things can happen, or unhappen, so fast and quick and swift. It is also that, sometimes in two seconds, things can be made, making the candidate sail in the sky, or things can be broken, making the candidate sink in the sand.

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As of now, the administration has a sure successor. This is, sure that the administration will field this candidate. This is, sure that its candidate will run. This is, sure that its candidate has no other contender within its ranks.

As of now, the opposition has a sure challenger. This is, sure that the opposition will field this candidate. This is, sure that its candidate will run. This is, sure that its candidate has no other contender within its ranks.

As of now, there are other aspirants from other parties, but nothing is certain yet on who will eventually run for the top post. At this time, they are really not yet contenders in the real sense of the word.

Hence, we are left to vet, check and test who between the administration successor or the opposition challenger is either the best among the rest, if we think that they are enough, or the lesser of two evils, if we think that they are wanting.

Thus, we are forced to seek, search and find other prospects, potentials or possibilities if we think we deserve so much more than just the administration successor or the opposition challenger.

Are we really living, now, in a different time, in a different age and in a different light?

Obviously, the pork barrel controversy has changed the way the game is played, and there are other corruption scandals involving other fund sources.

But so has the worst supertyphoon in the world by the name of Yolanda, and climate change threatens even worse ones.

And so has the first in a series of destructive earthquakes that shattered Bohol, and there are other active volcanoes and unstable faults.

And so has the probability that another siege will erupt like the one in Zamboanga, and things are still heating up in Sulu, Maguindanao and other parts of Mindanao.

And so has the spiraling prices of basic commodities at a time when the rest of the world does not really suffer the same fate, and inflation is about to balloon and burst, and income is shrinking to almost nothing.

And the list goes on.

Obviously, we need somebody who can handle, manage and control these present-day conflicts and lead our country to be future-ready.

As for the administration successor, we have seen him act, or not act, in all of the situations enumerated above. The same is true for the opposition challenger. Are we contented with the performance of one or both of them? Are we satisfied with the accomplishments of one or both of them? Are we delighted with the predictions, based on their respective track records, about one or both of them?

If yes, then the guessing game is over. Whatever the administration successor or the opposition challenger can do, we already know from all the years that they have been with government. These are not those cases where we will get “nowhere to go but up” or “the best is yet to come”. These are those cases where we will get “business as usual” or “more of the same”.

If no, then now is the time to play “seek and you shall find”. Maybe, perhaps, we need a third person.

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Comments are most welcome. Please send them to onesmallvoice2014@gmail.com.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 27, 2014.

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