Political Stability

The Philippines is now reaping political stability. In 2012, the Aquino Administration pursued several key reforms. The impeachment of Renato C. Corona, the passage of the Sin Tax measure, the Reproductive Health Bill, and the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 and the impending passage— hopefully— of the Freedom of Information Act, which passed in the Senate the same day Congress passed the RH Bill. These are all key reforms in the third year of President Benigno Aquino III’s presidency. With the exception of the Cybercrime Prevention Act, these reforms are important, and proceeding towards the right direction. On the economic front, the government is reporting growth in Gross Domestic Product. And things seem to look up for importers with the strong peso, and exporters reeling at it.

All this of course is marked by relative political stability. The high popularity of the President— insane approval ratings— by far the strongest showing of any President at least in the last 30 years. And with the passage of the Reproductive Health Bill, will certainly lead to an even stable popularity rating. And the reform agenda continues.

Yet on the horizon is the 2013 mid-term elections. And if surveys hold true— this popularity by the president doesn’t extend to his party. In fact, the high marks the President is getting doesn’t seem to have a halo effect.

The insane debate in the Senate— highlighted by livestreaming and the Internet and cable news— hasn’t tickled down to the rest of the electorate. They seem satisfied with the name recognition of the likes of Enrile, Estrada, Honasan, Pimentel and others. And the President’s party members, including his own cousin isn’t getting anything.

Does this political reality highlight the aristocracy-like setting of our nation’s politics? With the Golden-Lion Throne that is the President of the Philippines versus the Royal Houses of the Landstradd in the guise of the Philippine Congress? That the President dictates the moral, and political direction of the country, and no matter who is in both chambers of Congress, so long as the guy on top is running the show, then it reflects the government as a whole?

How then is this important as we inevitably must head towards 2016? Does this mean, we must shop around for a candidate with President Aquino’s moral compass, but with much more gravitas, and youthful vigor? What then does this tell us if we vote otherwise?

Cocoy Dayao

Cocoy is the Chief Technology Officer of Lab Rats Technica, a Digital Consulting company that specialises in DevOps, iOS, and Web Apps, E-Commerce sites, Cybersecurity and Social Media consulting. He is a technology enthusiast, political junkie and social observer who enjoys a good cup of coffee, comic books, and tweets as @cocoy on twitter.

Cocoy is also the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of the ProPinoy Project.

Cocoy considers himself to be Liberal.

  • UPnnGrd

    Hooray for President Noynoy Aquino and the insane approval ratings!!!!

    Hip Hip Hooray!!! Really, Pilipinas should think seriously — Noynoy 2016, hooray President Noynoy!!!

  • “Does this mean, we must shop around for a candidate with President Aquino’s moral compass, but with much more gravitas, and youthful vigor?”

    I think you under-estimate the President’s vigor. As near as I can tell, he is everywhere at once, at ASEAN, at a local function, stepping to a pulpit here or there to announce an appointment or position, chairing a cabinet meeting. It would be wrong to expect the Philippine president to look like Abe Lincoln and speak like Barak Obama. Okay, he looks like a nerdish engineer and has a hitch in his amble. So what? I rather suspect no one is likely to match President Aquino’s breath-taking re-establishment of the soul and spirit of a fine nation though good intent and firm acts. He arrived on stage at a very propitious moment, when the nation demanded a change. He has delivered.

    I have consulted my crystal ball, which looks oddly enough like my son’s worn out rubber baseball, and herein ordain that the next President of the Philippines will be Mar Roxas, and following him will be Jun Abaya. They are capable of carrying on. The man makes the presidency and the presidency makes the man. Or woman. .

    The oppositional parties will soon understand that if they want to succeed, they need “new school” candiates, not Binay-like characters who carry the risk of a return to the dark past of favor and self-dealing.

    Hey, it’s a glorious new year ahead!

    Happy holidays and best wishes to the fine team at Pro-Pinoy.


    • Manuel Buencamino


      I agree. And for vice president there is Kim Henares or Sonny Angara.

    • Bert

      Very nicely said, Joe my friend, and how true. I totally agree.

      • Thanks, Bert. Merry Christmas!

        • Bert

          Merry Christmas to you, Joe. I hope you’re still enjoying the hills and valleys of Biliran.