Will The Real Team PNoy Please Stand Up

Posted at 02/18/2013 9:56 AM

Feb. 12 marked the start of the 2013 and 2016 campaign seasons. It was also the day Noy and Jojo stopped holding hands.

It is time. This “dance macabre” between the President and the Vice-President was wierding out their supporters. The union was never one of soulmates, it was a shotgun marriage (not consummated, I gather) imposed by the Filipino people. As the wards of this unlikely couple, we must now decide who should have custody of our future. May 2013 presents the first such occasion.

The Senate election is said to be a referendum on the President. A vote for Team PNoy is a vote for Daan Matuwid… but is it really?

Team PNoy is not an ideology, it is a color. It is yellow or, as suggested elsewhere, yellower since UNA is affirming itself to be of the same palette, albeit of a lighter (or should it be a darker?) shade.

Team PNoy walks and talks like a duck but is not a duck. It is a political dromedary, a camel created by committee. It is a gathering of strange bedfellows: three candidates who are shared with the opposition, the head of the Senate minority, the wife of a departing Senator who ran against P-Noy in 2010, a refugee from UNA, a maverick who led two coups, a wealthy aristocrat with time on her hands, the scion of a political family whose true north is unknown, a relative, a lady crusader and an honest political ally.

The purists have bewailed the selling out of Team PNoy to the politics of the street, the dilution of the President’s ideological DNA. They believe most of the ticket will abscond once elected and cannot be counted to either fully support his reforms or, for that matter, his nominee in 2016 (One has already proven that). They would have preferred if the President had assembled a team of truer disciples even if this was the riskier option.

Team PNoy tells us that, for better or for worse, governance is a continuing calibration of principle and compromise. The President must believe the nation is not mature enough to elect a Senatorial ticket of neophytes garbed with nothing but a halo. Rather than relinquish the Senate to the Opposition, he chose to field a slate that while hardly pure, would be open if not always behind his initiatives. As Machiavelli said, good outcomes sometimes require questionable deeds.

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