“Change” has always been a buzzword whenever election comes. It is true in every election of any democratic nation. However, the “Change” slogan would likely be untrendy for the 2016 Philippine Presidential election. It is the byword “Continuity” that would be cool.
The “Change” slogan is champion by the politicians who challenge the existing leadership, and offer themselves as a viable alternative. These politicians ride on the crest of the people’s ire for the incumbent. They can excite, fuse, and rekindle that “fed up sentiment.” And they can promise the electorate a breath of fresh air. This can work.
But what if the “good governance” of the incumbent found its mark in the nation’s building, and all it need is to buy more time for it to take root to lush up the nation’s prospect for full development? Shouldn’t it be the battle cry is “Continuity” instead of “Change”?
One would remember P’Noy’s pithy quip, “Good Governance is good Economics” on his assumption to office. People thought then, that it would be just another motherhood statement. But it was not. Because five years after, the truth of that adage had been resoundingly convincing, and its impact concretely felt.
As P’Noy’s “Good Governance” anchored on making an inroads to the institutionalized corruption, one by one, while he run the country’s affair, under his astute leadership, big fishes like the former Philippine President, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the three Senators; Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, and Bong Revilla embroiled in corruption activities fell into the dragnet of the law. The others, like Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierez, and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, unceremoniously stripped of their high end position in the government.
The seriousness of P’Noy’s approach to corruption sent chills to the people of the government bureaucracies. Conscious of being sampled on, corrupt people in the bureaucracies, think twice, laid low, or refrain from being corrupt. These translated to government efficiencies. Meanwhile, the climate for investment opportunities opened up. These, catch the eyes of outside world. Foreign investors started pouring in. The Philippine’s investment grade continued to climb up, as evaluated by various international credit agencies. One thing led to another and the result is satisfying.
The positive growth of the Philippines’ GDP (Gross Domestic Product) for five years is indicative of the pending end of the boom and bust cycle of the nation’s economy. Many Economist of the Philippines are of the opinion that, for the benefit of this continued growth to trickle down to the impoverished sectors of the population, the growth rate should be unabated for 18 years.
P’Noy have done his part as provided for by the Philippines Constitution and for his legacy not to lay in waste, and to sustain economic growth as he would be leaving a workable template, he anointed Mar Roxas to continue his “Good Governance is good Economy” aphorism. Mar Roxas is the perfect man to do just that. He has the integrity, the experience, and the expertise as technocrat, untainted by corruption.
The “Change” is not an option. “Continuity” is.