Gordon welcomes Panlilio-Padaca movement for 2010 polls
The emergence of a movement that intends to field Pampanga Gov. Ed Panlilio and Isabela Gov. Grace Padaca as its presidential and vice presidential bets in the May 2010 elections was welcomed today by Independent Senator Richard J. Gordon.
Gordon said although the next election is still several months away, it is good that the Filipino people have begun to organize and initiate the process of scrutinizing the qualifications of those who wish to seek the highest political position of the land.
"The race is still far and wide open, the situation incredibly fluid. It is good that we are taking a closer assessment of our present leaders whom we believe can ably steer our nation towards peace and progress," he said.
"The emergence of a movement is a clear indication of a widespread disaffection towards our major political parties and now, our people are taking upon their hands the fate of our nation by scouting for best leaders they wish to elect," he added.
A movement composed of private organizations and individuals is reportedly planning to field Panlilio and Padaca as its presidential and vice presidential candidates, respectively, in the May 2010 elections.
Both Panlilio and Padaca reportedly expressed openness to the idea, but were not categorical that they would vigorously seek the respective offices.
Gordon however said the Filipino electorate should not be swayed by mere popularity or financial edge of the candidates, but rather by the proven track record of competence, unsullied integrity and reliability in choosing for the next leaders.
"The people should choose a leader that has the right qualifications, an unsullied track record of performance, a national vision, and someone who is least tainted by corruption or by the influence of the powerful," he said.
According to him, the Filipino voters have become smarter as they now look on the track record of the candidates and see what they have consistently done in their communities that made a difference in the lives of ordinary people that they serve.
"Our country needs a leader and not just a political figure. We need a leader who knows not only what the country needs, but also what should be prioritized among those needs and how each necessity should be addressed," he said.