True, there are a lot of perks that go with the job – a limousine with back-up security, a 24-7 kitchen, all you can eat, a gym, golf course and mini-hospital right in your backyard. Plus power that seems to attract and make you beautiful or handsome to many men and women.
But face it. It’s HARD to be President of the Republic of the Philippines.
My journo-hubby Alan discusses why:
The Filipino way with presidents
by Alan Robles
They want him, or her, to be able to see through walls, around corners, into the hearts and minds of all citizens. To be someone who’ll walk across the water and then hand out loaves and fishes.
They want their President to fight crime, solve poverty, crush corruption, grow the economy and provide jobs, food, education, land reform, justice and social change. They want him to untangle traffic, build infrastructure and furnish cheap electricity; to be a paragon of virtue and warmth, a tough leader, a brilliant statesman, a super soldier and a Nobel class economist.
And they want all of it NOW. No wait, they want it YESTERDAY.
If they don’t get it, out come the metaphorical torches and pitchforks (or perhaps itak): howls of outrage; condemnations; demonstrations; rallies; non-stop vitriolic attacks on Facebook and Twitter (a new development); impeachment attempts. If the political signs are fortuitous there might be serious destabilization attempts, a “withdrawal of support” by the military.
Let’s face it: perhaps the only thing more difficult than running for Philippine President is actually BEING one.
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