It ain’t over yet for Grace Poe
posted 22-Mar-2016  ·  
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Election jokes:

What is Bagong Isla?  La  Isla Pera Pera!

Too contagious during elections: Ebulsa Virus, not really Ebola!

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The way the dissenting Supreme Court justices poured out fervent arguments on the issue of Sen. Grace Poe’s candidacy, there is likelihood that her presidential tenure, assuming she wins, will be the subject of interminable legal challenges, foremost of which will revolve around the question of whether she has met the requisite qualification as a natural-born Filipino citizen. Remember that the High Court has not ruled yet on the citizenship issue which is the core issue in the three other pending petitions, among them the one filed by our kakabayan Kit Tatad. What was settled, in Poe’s favour, was merely the Comelec’s act of disqualifying her on the issue of material representation on both her citizenship and residency. Deemed unsettled was the issue of whether as a foundling, she can be considered a natural-born citizen which the Constitution clearly prescribes for a president of the republic. 

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“President” Poe of course will have all the legal means to respond but she cannot steer herself away from this constitutional conflict without the presidency being pestered from day one of “her term.” This means the threat of being unseated from office will always be there. And how could a president effectively manage the day-to-day requirements in Malacanang if the occupant continues to be menaced for six years by the spectre of disqualification. Such would only result in a troubled and therefore weak presidency. It would have been in the interest of all had the citizenship question been settled outright so that the executive arm of the government can start afresh on June 30 minus a fundamental hitch. 

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For sure, whoever succeeds President PNoy will have a difficult six-year tour given the enormity of our nation’s foreign policy and territorial worries and on the domestic front the potential flashpoint in Bangsa Moroland, the lingering poverty and unemployment, the unmanageable graft and corruption, peace and order in our communities and the illegal drugs problem. Even Manila’s traffic congestion has become a national malaise, with no remedy in sight. These are problems that cannot be addressed by rhetoric or by lofty campaign promises.

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What the people want to hear are specific formulas and qualified, if not quantifiable plans, plus a time-bound agenda that will be followed for six long years. Only two of the five presidential hopefuls so far have shown this tendency toward a specified agenda. And in Poe’s case, now that she has the wind in her favour having hurdled the high obstacle to her candidacy, Poe should accelerate her presidential quest with more substantive promises, minus the generics. As I have said in earlier items in this  space, I look for certain qualities from a potential president of this country and having covered as a newsman  several presidents and other high officials, I am a bit biased against political neophytes, and the inexperienced including those with nothing but mere self-gratifying quest for power and honour.

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A born winner? Vice Gov. Bong Teves must have heaved a sigh of big relief soon after partymate Sen. Grace Poe won her disqualification case in the Supreme Court. Bong stands to gain a few points to match the perceived yet obviously slim pre-campaign lead of former Gov. Boboy Cua in the gubernatorial surveys. Poe’s court victory prevented a possible collapse of the Poe-Chiz Escudero tandem and has revived the fighting mood of the Nationalist People’s Coalition, the 2nd biggest political party in the country. Teves, described by an aide as a “born winner” is running crisscross visits of the more than 300 barangays in the province. He will likely score more points if Sen. Poe were to go back to the island to proclaim the NPC candidates during the local campaigns for the May 9 polls.

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The situation is different in the administration-supported Liberal Party. Recent reports that LP vice presidential candidate CamSur Rep. Leni Robredo will henceforth do her own campaign occasionally without standard-bearer Mar Roxas at her side, could portend panic for the tuwid-na-daan party. Possible because Roxas’s survey rating remains on plateau and would need, according to a national political analyst, a dramatic twist to perk it up. But I know Cong Cesar Sarmiento is not bothered because he has his own corps of volunteer-coordinators that were of help in the past two elections. Besides there is said to be no jinx in the re-election chances of a Catanduanes congressman unlike that of the governor where the jinx limits the term to only one or two. Thus it will need a lot of media and promotional effort for rival former Gov. Hector Sanchez to trigger a congressional jinx this coming May 9. Hector has been going around with a new set of a development agenda and priorities for the province. He and Boboy Cua want less or no more, of the “multi-purpose” structures set up by Cong Cesar with his PDAF funds.

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