MAGANES: Senator Grace Poe is it!

June 21, 2015 at 10:36 pm Leave a comment


While she has not categorically announced that she is aiming the presidency in 2016 election, Senator Grace Poe’s popularity has begun to peak and is most likely successor of President Benigno S. Aquino III.
In the latest Pulse Asia and Social Weather Station (SWS) surveys conducted in the first week of June, Poe overshadowed the once leading presidentiable Vice President Jejomar Binay and the Liberal Party presumptive presidential candidate Mar Roxas II.
Prior to the surveys of the two leading survey firms in the country, the camp of Binay has committed a grave blunder when United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) spokesperson Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco said publicly that Poe could not run either President or Vice President because she lacks residency in the Philippines. This was followed by another attack that Poe was just a “foundling” and adopted daughter of the King of Philippine Movies Fernando Poe Jr. and movie actress Susan Roces.
Apparently, the camp of Binay lost the momentum of its public relations (PR) activities considering that Vice President Binay is facing accusations of corruption when he was still the city mayor of Makati. He has not answered the allegations against him much less faced his accusers during the Senate hearings conducted by the Blue Ribbon Committee.

With the results of the latest surveys, Binay’s camp is in limbo. Can they change the perception of the Filipinos that what we need in 2016 is “honest, sincere and committed leader” without any shades of corruption attached to his name? Binay has once touted that he is an experienced public official who is lovef by the people of Makati City for years. But those experiences were destroyed by corruption charges- not only him but his son Makati Mayor Junjun Binay and his wife Elenita, also a former mayor of Makati City.
Senator Grace Poe has never been intimidated of the attacks against her. Of course as a human being she was deeply hurt by tirades especially those coming from the friends of her father FPJ. But Poe knows her aces. She knows the gullibility of politics. She knows that once she will announce her plans to run for presidency, more tirades against her will be coming. Will she be fazed and cowed?

Three months from now, all those eyeing for a position in 2016 election- from president down to city/town councilors will already be filing their certificates of candidacy before the Commission on Election (Comelec). And hopefully Senator Grace Poe will finally heed to the people’s call for her to run for president— a call for a “leadership change” and a call to continue the “Tuwid na Daan” of PNoy.

I believe to that call.


Last June 18, the provincial government of Pangasinan and the University of the Philippines(UP) jointly

signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the University of the Philippines -Diliman Campus in Quezon City to establish a Pangasinan Study Center. Its aim is to promote the culture and history of the province.
This is a laudable move of UP as it will reinforce cultural reawakening and eventually there will be a center that will serve as repository of historical records of Pangasinan. But what it is in there that the provincial government is buzzing all about?

The culture and history of Pangasinan has long been researched and even written in books by a UP Professor Rosario Cortes. Will the research works by the Pangasinan Historical Commission (PHC) change the historical accounts in the books of Cortes?

I could not understand what this present provincial administration is trying to convey. It pictures itself as the forerunner of historical and cultural research of Pangasinan when in fact all records have already been preserved by Cortes. What historical accounts were missing in those research works? The provincial government should point out those lacking parts of Pangasinan history in order that the works of a Pangasinan historian like Cortes will not be in vain.

I personally appreciate UP for the establishment of a Study Center. But had it not been better if it also collaborated with Pangasinan State University (PSU), which has also pioneering works in researching the history and culture of Pangasinan? PSU is an academic institution like UP, thus collaborative efforts in the Study Center would be even more meaningful.

The promotion of history and culture of Pangasinan has been done by previous administrations. This is not the only time that cultural reawakening was done. Remember that Pistay Dayat was an annual activity during the previous administrations and not only during the reign of Governor Espino. Is not taking credit for all the historical and cultural revivals in Pangasinan a form of greed?

Espino, as a leader should acknowledge the contributions of other leaders because whether he likes it or not, Pangasinan is not what it is today without them.

And I am sure he will agree with me that like him, all past governors and officials of Pangasinan have niches in the province’s history and should be written as well.

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