No worries Philippines because Noynoy can be a good Leader, too

>> Saturday, April 10, 2010

Before Noynoy Aquino became a presidential contender, I had already expressed admiration for Manny Villar because I’ve always respected self-made people like him. On the criticism that he would further enrich himself in power, my personal view is that there are things beyond money that motivate some of us humans, and in the case of Manny Villar, I believe that he is running for President as a quest for glory, that he’d like to help rewrite Philippine history with economic prosperity and helping solve mass poverty.

In the same manner, to say that Noynoy Cojuangco Aquino is not truly for social justice because his late mother or his kin still never resolved the land reform question in Hacienda Luisita, that is not totally fair and accurate, too. Noynoy has never been in charge of that hacienda and I believe he has no major say in the management of it. I think there are other more relevant issues that political rivals can raise against Noynoy, let him just prove his election promise of working to redistribute the lands there.

Even before he became senator and now presidential candidate, Noynoy Aquino was still a congressman when I became intrigued by his personality. It is not true that Noynoy is not intelligent or that he knows nothing. I was pleasantly surprised that he was passionate about justice and quite eloquent. On the criticism that Noynoy is not intelligent or that he will be a helpless pawn of politicians and powerbrokers around him, I believe that he has seen how others have tried to sabotage and manipulate his late mom’s presidency, that he would try his best to be a good leader, that he’d like to help rewrite Philippine history by upholding good governance and truth.

[By Wilson Lee Flores (The Philippine Star)]


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