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Isko choosing Ong a shortsighted decision?

/ 04:02 AM September 30, 2021

Willie Ong, a popular physician, is qualified to be vice president, of course. His selection as Isko Moreno’s running mate is not a bad idea per se. In fact, it may be a brilliant political move.

But, if the tandem wins, can Ong help Moreno in running the country, which is far different from governing a city?

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Moreno is good. The possibility that the country will be ruled — yet again — like a city instead of a multicultural state if Moreno becomes president cannot be ignored, however. With this, the choice to have Ong as No. 2 becomes a shortsighted decision that should make us reassess Moreno’s kind of leadership.

Moreno is still third in my list of presidential aspirants, and I am glad that he is dignifying the working-class Filipino. After all, it is time for us to stop glorifying poverty and to focus instead on what we are doing to rise above our situation.

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Still, the presidency is not an opportunity that lands on your lap, contrary to what his well-produced political ad suggests. History reminds us that the Philippines does not prosper well when led by someone who was handed power on a silver platter.

The presidency is borne of the courage to serve the motherland even when the odds are not in one’s favor. I am yet to see this fervor in any of our “presidentiables,” however.

JONAS CABILES SOLTES
Tinambac, Camarines Sur
[email protected]

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