AT least for me, that is. And I use just one criterion for evaluating the character and political maturity of the two main candidates, Martin Romualdez and Alan Peter Cayetano: Each one’s stance toward then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo during the US- and Yellow-led frenzy against her, and especially during the Benigno Aquino 3rd administration.
Despite Benigno Aquino 3rd’s ruthlessness towards anybody who defended Arroyo, Romualdez supported her, leading and keeping intact Arroyo’s Kampi party when she was imprisoned on baseless charges by the Yellow Cult for five long years.
When visitors to the detained Arroyo at the Veterans’ Memorial Hospital dwindled at the height of the Yellows’ rule, when even many of her officials didn’t dare be seen there, Romualdez regularly visited her, keeping her informed of her party and political developments, when she was banned from having a TV or using the internet.
Romualdez’ closeness to Arroyo is a big plus for him. He in effect has been the understudy of Arroyo, who has demonstrated in a year her competence in leading the House to be an effective partner of Duterte in reforming the country. Arroyo’s vast experience in the roughest politics would complement his book knowledge on government and management from Cornell and Harvard. (more…)