The things that keep me from supporting Noynoy for President in 2010

For the past weeks, ever since the supposed clamor for Noynoy to run for the Presidency in 2010 cropped up, I’ve been unable to answer the question: “Would I support Noynoy Aguino in 2010?” Being a student in a De La Salle University – Dasmariñas only made things a bit more sticky. Just this last Wednesday, the administrators and faculty, well a portion of them, were ecstatic when Balsy Aquino visited the campus and joined the Holy Mass which the community offered to honor her mother’s memory.

Though we student-volunteers were told to attend the mass, I’ve decided to take my lunch instead. Obviously, I am not a strong Aquino supporter, just greatful of what the couple Ninoy and Cory did for the country. As per their son’s “heeding the call” and “continuing their legacy of democracy for the Philippines“, well, not so much.

I cannot put it in any other way so I’ll just lay the reasons down in a list and in no particular order:

So he’s an Aquino. So?

Ninoy was right, in his letter to son Noynoy, that the only thing he could brag about is his name:

The only valuable asset I can bequeath to you now is the name you carry. I have tried my best during my years of public service to keep that name untarnished and respected, unmarked by sorry compromises for expediency. I now pass it on to you, as good, I pray, as when my father, your grandfather passed it on to me.

And I do not doubt the credibility, the integrity and respect his name carries, but is that all there is to Noynoy? With the kind of visions, dreams and aspirations I have for this beloved country of ours, names of great reputation would just not cut it in my book.

What is his platform? What is his vision or plans for the country?

I may not be in full agreement with benign0, but he is right in that any one who wishes to lead the country must have a clear and coherent platform with a vision of what he wants the country to achieve. Platforms may not have a strong influence in our past elections, and may be even still in 2010, but as far as I’m concerned, you need a good one to have my vote.

Some will say his legislative record would hint at what he stands for and what his visions are for the country as a leader, but still it’s not a platform and looking at Noynoy’s, I’m hardly impressed.

And he can’t just run on an Anti-Arroyo slogan, everyone knows GMA and her minions must go, Noynoy must have a plan to get us back on the right track.

What is his stand on land reform?

This is the biggest thorn on Noynoy’s candidacy. Land reform is still a hot issue and it will matter come May 2010. Hacienda Luisita still stands, with pending cases in the Supreme Court. How he faces with this issue will greatly impact his chances in the elections and in getting my vote.

So for now, I remain undecided. Skeptical of Noynoy as a President. But just like Sir Martin Perez’s initial thoughts on Noynoy’s candidacy, he “will not be the President of the Philippines yet.”

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