In her Multiply account, Monica posts snippets of a few presidential aspirants’ answers to relatively easy questions from an ANC forum. (I wish it gets tougher in the next rounds; it is a leadership forum after all, not Facebook.)
You can view her full entry here, but I’d like to point out my problem with Francis Escudero: he is all rhetoric. You ask him a question and he gives an empty answer — pandering to the masses — in his robotic, uncomfortably screechy voice. He always criticizes but I’ve yet to hear of the actions that he has taken. Also, I did have a problem with his TV ad last year.
Francis Joseph “Chiz” Guevara Escudero
Vision of Governance: The next leader should be an effective change agent. He or she must follow and enforce the law. Can he or she also inspire us?
On President Arroyo’s positive contribution to the country. “Dahil sa ilang pag-aabuso sa batas, dahil sa ilang paglabag sa batas, dahil sa ipinagkait sa marami sa ating mga kababayan at hirap na dinaranas ng ating mga kababayan… minulat at ginising niya at marahil sa ilang parte ginalit niya ang maraming Pilipino para seryosohin ang kanilang pagpili ng susunod na pinuno natin.”
On the last movie he has seen. “You watch a movie not to feel depressed, you watch a movie to be inspired and to be encouraged. Kung kaya, ang huli kong pelikulang pinanood ay ‘Kasal, Kasali at Kasalo’ nina Juday at Ryan.”
On the 2010 national elections.“Inaangkin na namin ang halalan na ito. Inaangkin na namin ang pamahalaang ito. Di na naming hahayaang maging sunod-sunuran na lang kami dahil ang aming paniniwala sa ngayon, ang kabataan hindi lamang pag-asa ng bayan, ang kabataan dapat maasahan na ng bayan.”
Whatevs. Compare with Richard Gordon’s answers:
Richard “Dick” Juico Gordon
Vision of Governance: What this country needs is not a change of men but a change in men.
On President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. “Masinop mag-aral, may work ethic. Ang sabit niya ay sa governance…You have to be resolute in so far as your leadership is concerned. That I think is something na nagkulang siya.”
On how he will make a difference as a president. “Baguhin ang attitude. Aim high. Mag-ambisyon tayo. Bawal ang tamad—work ethic. Lalong bawal ang tanga—mag-aral tayo. Duty muna bago ang sarili. Dignidad at determinasyon—ginawa namin sa Subic iyon.”
On why he admires his father former mayor James L. Gordon. “He was a man born an American, but elected to be a Filipino… Pardon me if I’m getting emotional because sa tingin ko maraming hero sa mundo but you have to live your heroism not during your death but during your whole life. Sapagkat iyon ang nakita ko (sa kaniya).”
For the purpose of disclosure, I did vote for Escudero in the Senate.