Outshining the fake halo of empty reformist rhetoric

Sen. Escudero announces resignation from NPC (Photo courtesy of Yahoo PH)
Sen. Escudero announces resignation from NPC (Photo courtesy of Yahoo PH)

Sen. Chiz Escudero today surprised the nation by announcing his resignation from the Nationalist People’s Coalition and begged for time to make a final decision on a possible presidential candidacy in 2010.

Speaking before media and supporters at Club Filipino, Escudero railed against party politics and attempted to tackle specific people’s issues — surprise! surprise! — as he explained his decision to resign from his erstwhile party:

Answering reporters’ queries, Escudero said he informed the NPC party chairman Governor Faustino Dy Jr. last night about his resignation from the party “and no one else”, apparently referring to NPC founder Danding Cojuangco. Never did he mention Danding’s name.

It is possible that Escudero may have felt compelled to quit the NPC. Reports are rife that the powerful NPC founder is allegedly talking with other candidates outside the party despite Escudero’s obvious readiness to carry the party colors. Just last week, it was reported that cousins Danding and Peping were talking about a possible alliance in favor of Liberal Party standard-bearer Noynoy Aquino. Previously, NPC stalwart Sen. Loren Legarda declared her intention to run for vice president but did not state her support for Escudero who was the only NPC member jockeying for nomination by the NPC.

The NPC in fact has two wings: a pro-administration wing and an oppositionist wing. Escudero’s departure may be a sign that pro-administration NPC members may gaining an upper hand within the party. It is not impossible for NPC to forge a grand coalition with Lakas-Kampi to thwart the Liberal Party, and maintain a status quo that is generally favorable to the political and economic interests of NPC leaders and members.

Escudero’s disenchantment with party politics is well-understood by the public. We all know that traditional political parties are only good as vehicles for winning political posts and for political patronage. If he chooses to rebel against this concept and develops a new movement that respects and empowers the electorate, that would be a step in the right direction. Besides, he cannot win by himself. He has to capture the support of the public to vote for him, to guard his votes. Only a grassroots movement can do this for him, and it would entail putting out a political program and platform that is substantially progressive and patriotic, and not just pa-pogi.

If he manages to do this, it would herald a new dawn in presidential electoral politics and it can outshine the fake halo that is used prettify to the others’ empty reformist rhetoric.

6 Comments

  1. elmot

    But it is a fact that Chiz has to face solely; he cannot win an election without a big political machinery and with the most of the people’s sentiments rooting for Noynoy. He will need a miracle.

  2. thenashman

    Nothing but spin.

    Chiz Escudero has:
    1. poll ratings going downhill, slowly being exposed as a charlatan.
    2. been deserted by partymates (serge osmena)
    3. as a result of (1), no benefactor in his right mind would waste money on him

    hence, the good thing to do is to ‘spin’ it into a rant against party politics that turned out to be a narcissistic wank in front of the public.

  3. tonyo

    Let’s give all the parties and candidates all the time and space they need. These event as well as the others that are set to happen until Nov. 30 should be interesting.

    Meanwhile, voters should demand explanations from them on why they deserve our vote and impress on them that we don’t want business as usual.

  4. reynz

    just last week, it was reported that cousins Danding and Peping were talking about a possible alliance in favor of Liberal Party standard-bearer Noynoy Aquino.

    Hi Tonyo, I for one do not believe in what he said over the media. I knew there was more to it. He’s been there long enough to know what he pretended not to know. But the one I quoted was interesting to me. I thought the family feud is such that the idea of above happening is not possible. Then again, what can we expect from politics but realignment of powers for the “greater” good, greater defined according to their terms. now if that happens this is truly one life to live drama that is tres tres interessante!

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