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Pacquiao for President?

When the nation is faced by crisis, it has been customary to blame the incumbent government. Towards the close of President Arroyo's administration, we are being challenged to pick, among very few "fresh" choices, who will be granted the privilege to represent the Philippine democracy's sovereign powers.

In the Philippines, however, what matters is not how you demonstrate expretise. Sometimes it's the capacity to be associated to the masses, but in many cases, it's who you are.

The succeeding battles of Manny Pacquiao to acquire several world titles in boxing has literally put him into pedestal. His popularity has ascended to greater heights. He was literally voted as a new "hero" of the masses.

Although not really successful in a local political bout in General Santos, at least he showed a spark of interest in politics.

Will he be another political figure in the 2010 elections? If he chooses to run for presidency, will he succeed? It may be too early to brand him as another Eddie Gil -- a nuisance, but for a nation whose only interest at this time is to survive, anything can be possible.

This blog may be out of context, wrong timing as others may believe. As a typicaI probinsyano, I have a leaning towards the underdog, but let me clarify that I am neither personally campaigning for Pacquiao as a potential presidentiable, nor am I subscribed to the idea that he should run for presidency. Mine is just an anticipation of the fact that if we will not carefully and critically prepare for the event in 2010, we will end up having the likes of Pacquiao as the new president of the country.

We have tasted leadership in various ways. The former president was a man of the masses -- a "microeconomist" in his own rights, but never won the hearts of the rest. The incumbent is a PhD holder with a long-enduring tradition of leadership in both local and national scene -- a macroeconomist, but, just the same, has not proven her worth to her many critics.

As we look upon the shortlist of candidates for 2010, we need to be more vigilant. One slur in our political decision will bring us to establishing a nation, not of political experts, but of boxers.