Just today, I read that the administration is supporting Gilbert Teodoro as its Presidential bet for 2010.
Surveys have Noli De Castro in the lead followed by others like Loren Legarda, Chiz Escudero and Erap.
It seems powerful and moneyed forces are trying to make up our minds for us.
Perhaps, apart from values, our choice of who we will vote for as President reflects how we see our country and the situation we are in.
When we vote, we are not voting just for ourselves, we are voting for someone who will do what is right for the common good. We are in dire straits.
In two or three years, we will begin to feel the real effect of the global financial crisis.
Corruption is everywhere. Crime is being perpetrated in broad daylight. Both the corrupt and the criminal are unafraid of law enforcers and judges. They know they can get away with it and this makes them bolder, more brazen.
Disasters. We get hit by 20 typhoons, at the very least, every year. Yet every year, we see nothing being done to stop the cycle of disaster and poverty. The same people who got hit by a typhoons last year are the same people who will get hit by typhoons this year. Those whose possessions got swept away by floods will the same ones whose possession will get swept away by floods this year. Fire? Where else but in the Philippines does the declaration of a Fire Month result in more fires than in any other time of the year.
Our people are either unemployed or trying to make ends meet with a job they are overqualified for. But that's nothing new and what is new is the ends to which desperation brings our countrymen. Afghanistan. Iraq. Name a place where there is a very high risk of getting killed, you'll find Filipinos working there.
Our education system is in shambles and it has been that way since time immemorial.
And those who are tired of this ought not to get sick as well. If you're poor, just waiting for treatment and medicines will bring you closer to the grave.
So, who do you vote for as President given these circumstances?
Young guns like Chiz Escudero and Gilbert Teodoro?
TV personalities like Noli De Castro and Loren Legarda? How about Manny Villar?
How about Mar Roxas or former President Joseph Estrada?
Or are you going to think and look for someone who has actual experience in lifing people out of desparate situations?
Do you think you need someone who has a track record for following through every commitment he has made?
Do you think we need someone with a clear vision for what ought to be done for this country at a time of crisis?
His name is Dick Gordon.
He turned Olongapo from Sin City to Model City.
He turned Subic from wasteland into a haven for tourism and investment.
He turned Philippine tourism from a lackluster department to the brightest beacon in the economy, with 2 million foreign tourists coming to the Philippines in 2003 from a low of just 900,000 in 2000.
As Senator, he authored, pushed for the enactment, and implementation of RA 9369 or the amended AUTOMATION LAW. This is the reason why we will have automated elections in 2010, no more hello garci. He now heads the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee.
In his committee report on the P732 Million Fertilizer Fund Scam he implicated President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, recommended plunder charges against Bolante and others, and filed 7 bills to plug up loop holes in the laws exploited by the group he referred to as a pack of wolves.
If you want the country to get through these dire straits, look for someone who knows how to navigate treacherous waters and who knows where to go.
In 2010, don't look for a good candidate. Look for a good leader. That's Dick Gordon.
Making change happen since 1971.