JOHN RANA AND I AGREE MOST OF THE TIME, BUT IN OUR MOMENTS OF DISAGREEMENT, WE TAKE THE BLOW AS ADULTS ENGAGED IN SEARCH OF WISDOM
Today, I chanced at one of his posts at Facebook. And I agree with most of what he said. It reads:
PACQUIAO A MANCHURIAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE?
“I posted earlier that Pacquiao should not run for president because he is ill-prepared for the huge responsibility. I do not question the purity of his motives.
But the road to perdition is paved with good intentions.”Earlier, I opined that Senator Pacquiao may get the best and the brightest to run the country BUT the buck stops with the President. The dilemma for any leader is how to resolve, reconcile and harmonize conflicting positions, interests and priorities.
“The final decision rests with the President alone. That requires critical thinking and great managerial skills that can only be acquired over time with notable results. Being popular and great in boxing are not the best credentials to run a country.
“A Manchurian candidate is one who wittingly or unwittingly undermines the chances of other candidates by taking away votes from them. The term came from the 1959 novel of Richard Condon of the same title. It was about a platoon of decorated US soldiers returning from the Korean War but were brainwashed to believe in communism.
“Pacquiao for whatever reason now believes he is the savior of the nation by becoming president.
“I still hope and pray that Senator Manny Pacquiao does not destroy himself. He already overestimated his power in the fight against Ugas.
“The battle for the presidency may turn out to be an even bigger disaster and humiliation.”However, I disagree that Pacquiao has the basic discernment, despite the spirituality he claims he got after crashing with a few Bibilical lines, to make the right decisions.
Discernment is the capability to see what forces are at work in a given situation. He terribly lacks that.In fact in the rathole that he is in right now, it is obvious that he is being used by Koko to grab power that the Pimentels never achieved by themselves.
Reinforced by two billionaire congressmen Albee Benitez and Mikee Romero who are noveau riche figures hoping to build their own oligopolies in a Pacquiao air-castle presidency, the Pacquaio campaign started on the wrong foot fueled by the mediocrity of rookies Ron Munsayac and Bernard Peralta.
They want to oust Rodrigo Roa Duterte, first from the party PDP-Laban that Koko regards as his sole-proprietorship, and then from the residency even before his term ends.
The blurbs that Pacquiao has been mouthing reflects the “Laban” mentality that was popularized by Ninoy Aquino and Koko’s father Nene Pimnetel against former President Ferdinand Marcos.
Violently accusatory, demonizing and caustic with shibolleths, motherhood statements and sweeping generalizations that has no appreciable basis in fact or principle.In short plain Machiavellian. Bordering on anarchism.Packed with delirious propaganda, extremely divisive in the midst of a pandemic.