Asian Dragon Magazine gave the five presidential candidates 20 questions, sounding them out on hot button issues such as investments, a business-friendly environment, poverty, climate change, education, the South China Sea and Muslim Mindanao, food security, and state corruption. Readers should get a good idea of the candidates’ priorities and direction. It’s you who would have to discern whether the questions were really answered by the candidates themselves, or by their spin doctors. Sit down with a pad paper, tablet, or computer, note down the pros and cons of each of the five candidates, and ask yourself: Who am I prepared to see at the helm? Who will do right by the country?
Why should you be president of the Philippines?
Being president is not an on-the-job training (OJT). The presidential term is only six years, so when you become president, you should be experienced, and know how to handle crisis. My long experience in government as mayor, chairman, and vice president taught me the importance of continuity, predictability, and sustainability.
Whatever I am telling you now, I will really do. Our country is in disorder. A leader must be a terror to the few who are evil in order to protect the lives and well-being of the many who are good.
I know I can offer new perspectives to problems that have been besieging our country. It is time to bring in fresh energy to solve decades-old problems.
I have been in public service for almost 30 years and I have kept my track record clean—without any issues of fraud, abuse, and most especially, corruption. We have a clear vision for our country and we know the kind of life all Filipinos deserve.
Miriam Defensor Santiago:
My government will bequeath to the next President a better and stronger nation than what I will inherit from this administration. In 2022, I will turn over to my successor a nation that is more prosperous, a people more united and prouder of their leaders, and political institutions that are more stable.
Read the profiles of the five presidentiables and the full Q&A with them inside Asian Dragon Magazine’s April-May 2016 issue, available in all leading bookstores and convenience stores nationwide. You can also purchase the issue from the Asian Dragon Magazine App, free to download on Google Play Store, iTunes, and Amazon. For orders and other inquiries, contact tel. nos. 361-7491 loc. 811, 845, 846.