If elections were held today, who can beat him? With the Cory magic materializing with the alacrity of a genie summoned, the presidency is the least of what the Aquino family can get. The explosion of love and gratitude that accompanied Cory to her final resting place was more than a Pacquiao victory, Christmas and the prospective ousting of a hated figure combined. The natural political beneficiary of that avalanche of goodwill is Noynoy.
Or Kris. But thankfully the family respects not just the natural separation of Church and State but the natural separation of Politics and Show-biz. Even if there?s nothing natural about it in this country.
Even with elections 10 months away?as scheduled, though the only things that are certain under President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo are death and uncertainty?still who can beat Benigno ?Noynoy? Aquino III? It?s not only that the fires of Cory?s death-conquering life, or life-restoring death, will blaze up a path for him, it is that Noynoy?s candidacy will keep those fires burning. So far, no Cory or Obama has come to capture the public?s imagination in an onrushing election that everybody expects to be derailed. Noynoy is it.
The objection that Noynoy for president will wreck the best-laid plots of mice and men, or of his party, is flimsy. It brings to mind Willie Revillame?s objection to a Cory video clip interrupting ?Wowowee,? which was that the solemnity of the video clashed with the gaiety of his show. If so, then the obvious conclusion was for him to give way, not Cory. The lack of sense of proportion, not to speak of propriety, testifies only to a staggering ego and a petty mind.
Same principle here. You don?t want to get out of the way of a stampeding herd of elephants, be prepared to be trampled. You?ve got to be dense, or dead, not to feel the force that was unleashed last week, which is not unlike the Force Obi Wan bid Luke to use. At least Doy Laurel was wise enough to give way to Cory in his time, however loathe he was to do so. For which he is remembered today. Those who don?t today will not win anyway, and be forgotten.
Beyond ?winnability,? since I don?t believe in that concept anyway, supporting only candidates I believe ought to win and not those I suspect will win, I have several compelling reasons for suggesting that Noynoy run.
The first is character. That of course is the one thing his critics have pointed out as his vice rather than virtue. Presumably he doesn?t have the gravitas of his forebears.
Well, we are molded by the circumstances of history as much as we mold them. We are waylaid by the accidents of life even as we try to put order into it. The worst of us slink away when faced by the challenge. The best of us rise above ourselves to meet the challenge. Cory started out with much less and transcended herself. Noynoy starts out with much more, and will transcend expectations.
He already has. Never mind the funeral oration, never mind the endless representations to media, never mind even the gaunt figure, bone-weary and sleep-starved, standing in the rain in the final hours, holding back the tears, being strong for others. Mind only the way he comported himself when the Creature from the Black Lagoon insisted on visiting despite being told not to. He showed grace and dignity worthy of his mother. He showed courage and a capacity for martyrdom worthy of his father.
There and then, you saw a politician turn into a statesman. There and then you saw a follower turn into a leader. There and then you saw an ordinary person turn into an extraordinary human being.
There and then, you saw character.
The second is continuity. Who better to carry on the fight of Ninoy and Cory than Noynoy? Who better to keep the spark of the EDSA people power revolt alive and vital and raging than Noynoy?
One thing I?m sure of, and that is that Noynoy will be a good president. Or put in the most elemental way, the barest expressions of decency in this country now taking on the proportions of epic heroism, he will not be corrupt, he will not be abusive, he will not lie, cheat and murder. It is not a matter of choice, it is a matter of necessity. It is not a matter of troth, it is a matter of trust. The legacy of his parents is too sacred to destroy that way. The name of his parents is too unblemished to soil that way. The burden of his inheritance is huge, but he will be equal to the task. In spite of himself as much as because of himself.
Cory inherited the mantle when her husband died. History summoned her to do it, there was no one else. And she rose to untold heights. Noynoy inherited the mantle when his mother died. History summons him to do it, there is no one else. He will rise to untold heights.
It is his destiny.
The third is completeness. Noynoy?s running for president completes the cycle that began when his mother ran for president in the snap elections. Who better to challenge the ideological daughter of Ferdie than the biological son of Cory? For let us be clear: This fight is more than an electoral fight, it is more than a fight between ?presidentiables.? This fight is a fight between right and wrong, it is a fight against oppression and vileness. This fight is a fight against Arroyo just as Cory?s fight was against Marcos, whether Arroyo decides to step down, as Obama has bid her do, or extend her term, as her nature compels her to do.
Noynoy running for president will deliver us back to the beginning of things, or thrust us back to the time where myth and history meet or the place where life and legend intersect. The time or place of the great fight between Good and Evil: Between Cory and Marcos, between Obama and Bush, between the Fellowship of the Ring and the Eye of Mordor, between Luke Skywalker and the Evil Empire.
Use the Force, Noy.