Thursday, April 2, 2009

Deconstructing Panlilio

(Well..sort of.)
It is not uncommon to notice politicians in the Philippines making noises here and there already for an election that is still more than a year away. The late-2009-deadline for filing of candidacy is not an excuse for fussing about it this early. It only shows the intensity of the Filipino’s hunger and thirst for position...or shall I say…power?

Beyond the confusions of which candidate to endorse by which party, there rises a pretty much different issue associated with what I call ‘Presidentiable Problem’. It is about the notorious Pampanga Governor Ed Panlilio.

His rise to the office can be a source of inspiration for anyone, having gained the trust of his kababayan and the chance to serve in a public office. From an obscure life in priesthood, there goes the now much-revered public servant, exemplifying that reform is still possible in these times.

But at the face of the coming 2010 Presidential Election, all seems black against him. He would be up against tough and influential politicians (traditional ones, who else) with all the necessary p.r. and full financial backing – you know, all the usual support any aspiring candidate could possibly need. Perhaps Father Ed could obtain them soon too, but, would it all be worth it?

Soon enough, we’ll know his final say on the calls for him to run for presidency, but whichever way he choose, I hope that he should consider several important things; things that, as far as my little brain could conceive, would serve to crystallize for him the most reasonable action take.

First, he should really take into consideration the political situation in the country. There is nothing wrong in flaming the torch for reform but being too idealistic would probably bring him nowhere. I myself believe that he should not get discouraged in the event that he’d come clashing with the big guys in politics. But, if at the present time, it would be better to serve first his province, he should stick to it. It doesn’t reduce him to nothing to take away the thoughts of running for president. Instead, he might probably make the wisest decision of his since he became a public servant.

Which brings me to the second point. Recall that he has been a priest all this time. Building experience from serving his province would do him more good that plunging into an arena he probably has only vague ideas. One only has to recall our dizzying studies in economics to imagine the mountain of problems he would probably meet if he gets elected, without the arsenal of knowledge about it mechanisms. I would say this not to disparage any existing organizations or groups, but no amount of reading – of the Scriptures for that matter – could fill in the need for experience in public serving. Panlilio really has to do his work to the fullest in order to ascend to the next level. Assuming the character of an idealist won’t get him into any higher position much the same way as they see Rizal’s fate (they say he would never get elected) if ever he run for a public office at these times.

I have nothing against the seeming meddling of the church in politics. After all, they are citizens much the same as everyone else. But it is a personal hope that they won’t overdo it, as in the end, whatever wrong move they do would reflect the image of the whole Church. (And I know they don’t want to have its name marred.)

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As for the present times, CHURCH and POLITICS should never be one...