Cognizant of the abuse of power ushered in by Marcos Martial Law, the framers of Cory Aquino’s Freedom Constitution limit to six years the term of the president. Sixteen years testing the new setup mob rules took precedence when the former President Joseph Estrada was deposed via the second “People Power” to cut short his term. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo assumed the rest of Joseph Estrada’s unfinished term and won the following presidential race, albeit her winning was marred by “Hello Garci” tape.
The phrase, “One term for the bad president is enough, but short for good presidents” found currency when compared the presidencies of both Estrada and Arroyo to the presidency of P’Noy. P’Noy have roughly two years left of his term and yet, accomplished most of what he had promised in his inaugural speech. His rebuke of “Wang-Wang mentality,” euphemisms for the debilitating attitude of governance replacing it with responsive, caring attitude – handling calamities, for example, made the people feel the difference. P’Noy sacked head of government functionaries that allowed the continuance of corruption, prime example is the Bureau of Customs. P’Noy went to the bottom of the PDAF’s scam, no matter who gets hurt, three Senators get jailed. The impeachment of Supreme Court, Chief Justice Renato Corona, and the resignation of Merceditas Gutierez of the Office of the Ombudsman, Arroyo put these people in place to protect herself from prosecution. Her gambit didn’t work. She was indicted of plunder, nevertheless, and on hospital arrest. For a long while, upgrade of the country’s defense capabilities has been on the back-burner, P’Noy beef up the country’s military arsenal. The peace accord between the Bangsa Moro of Mindanao and the Philippines would become a law come January 2015. Good Governance is Good Economics, P’Noy’s policy which made the Philippine no longer the “sick man of Asia” and the darling of International Credit Rating Agencies.
The kind of governance P’Noy initiated have people wanted more of him. He established a good template for the country’s progress, and this has to be continued. However, his term is up in 787 days.
One week ago, Sen. Miriam Santiago announced she had a lung cancer and still intent on running for President. Raisa Robles, a prolific blogger on her blog conjured up of a dream team. Sen. Santiago could run as President and P’Noy as her Vice President. Their team would be unbeatable.
Sen. Santiago can retrieve back the presidency, she was once denied. It could for a short while, but this would pave the way for P’Noy to succeed her. This scenario would have no constitutional impediments. People could have more of P’Noy, rather than of Binay and Jinggoy Estrada.