By John Nery
To many, Mar Roxas’ presidential ambition is a given. I think, however, that a certain ambivalence attends his desire to occupy the one office that exceeded his father’s grasp. My Exhibit A is Roxas’ failure to run for a Senate seat last year.
By Neal H. Cruz
More bad news for Vice President Jejomar Binay: Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, the former president and his erstwhile ally, told me last Sunday that if Binay is adopted by the administration Liberal Party, his Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino will support another presidential candidate.
A Binay-Roxas tandem? Well, stranger things have happened. Mar Roxas, in any case, has shot down the idea, saying in so many words that a coalition between his Liberal Party and the United Nationalist Alliance of Vice President Jejomar Binay would be a betrayal of the good-government reforms President Aquino has instituted. “We have to choose someone who beyond doubt will continue [Mr. Aquino’s] program and clean governance,” he intoned, in effect saying: Binay, with his panoply of graft cases and newfound affluence ever since becoming chief executive of Makati City, doesn’t cut it.
By Neal H. Cruz
I have no objection, personally, to giving President Aquino another term—if only to prevent Vice President Jejomar Binay from being elected president.
By Conrado de Quiros
“The Constitution,” said Press Secretary Sonny Coloma, “clearly states that each elected president can only have one six-year term. Whatever they say, the Constitution will prevail.”