Who will be the anointed one?
There are those who always ask: What will happen in 2016? What will happen when you step down? Will that be the end of good, honest governance? Will we have reached the end of the straight and righteous path? P. Noy
The Early Favorites in Two Presidential Campaigns
Their life stories have similar "rags to riches" themes.
They were both political heavyweights.
They were presidents of the dominant opposition parties (Binay:UNO;Villar:Nacionalista party).
Election analysts have proclaimed Vice President Binay as the frontrunner for the 2016 elections. Analysts made the same prediction about former Senate President/Speaker Villar before the 2010 polls.
Jojo Binay was not born into wealth and political prestige, nor did he taste the privileges accorded to the scions of the rich and powerful.
A true man of the common people, Jojo Binay grew up in Makati and Pasay. Orphaned at an early age, he supported himself through law school, shunned the corporate world for the parliament of the streets, and stood tall at the barricades at EDSA during those glorious four days in February 1986.
For 20 years, Jojo Binay presided over the phenomenal growth of his Makati, steering the once backward municipality into a vibrant and modern metropolis. Under his governance, the people of Makati shared in the fruits of economic progress through groundbreaking programs in education, health and social welfare. And as president of the United Opposition (UNO), Jojo Binay crusaded against political tyranny, inequality, injustice, ignorance and poverty, endearing him to the masses.
Jejomar “Jojo”Binay was born on November 11, 1942 to Diego Binay of Batangas and Lourdes Cabauatan of Isabela. Orphaned at the age of nine, his uncle Ponciano of Culi-Culi, Makati took care of him.
As a young boy, Jojo would collect slop (kaning baboy) for his uncle’s backyard piggery, clean the front yard early in the morning, and look after his uncle’s fighting cocks. Afterwards, he would go to the public market for his daily errands.
Jojo is a product of the Philippine public school system. He graduated with honors from the Philippine Normal College Training Department, and the University of the Philippines Preparatory School. He also had to work to stay in school. He graduated with a degree in political science and Bachelor of Laws from the UP College of Law. From the Office of the Vice President website
He was born to a simple family on December 13, 1949 in Moriones, Tondo, Manila. His father, Manuel Montalban Villar, Sr., a government employee, hailed from Cabatuan, Iloilo and his mother Curita Bamba, a seafood dealer, came from Pampanga and Bataan. Manny is the second child in a brood of nine. At a very young age, he was already helping his mother sell shrimp and fish in the Divisoria Market. With the burning desire for a better future and a strong determination to improve his family's living conditions, Manny worked hard in selling shrimps and fish to be able to send himself to school.
Manny Villar was a working student at the University of the Philippines, the premier institution of higher learning in the country, where he obtained his undergraduate and master's degree in business administration and accountancy. By then, he was also putting in long hours as a fish and shrimp trader, where the action starts at the ungodly hours of the morning when the catch lands in the market.
After graduation, he tried his hand as an accountant at the country's biggest accounting firm, Sycip Gorres Velayo & Co. (SGV & Co). He resigned shortly though to venture on his own seafood delivery business.From TheMannyillarwebsite
Villar was the undisputed front-runner in 2009.
What happened to Manny Villar's candidacy in 2010? Why did it quickly fizzle out?
The emergence of Sen. Noynoy Aquino as the new and surprising frontrunner. The legendary Aquino name. The Ninoy and Cory legacy. The "Anti-Corruption" platform.
What qualifications must he or she have to win the presidency in 2016?
Qualification No 1: Must have the INTEGRITY of Cory Aquino
A political novice, Corazon Aquino was thrust to the forefront of opposition to President Ferdinand Marcos following the murder of her husband, a prominent senator.
Not only did she replace Marcos as president but went on to gain a worldwide reputation as a fighter for peace and democracy, and an advocate for her strong Catholic faith. From BBC
Qualification No.2 :Must have the COURAGE of P. Noy
President Aquino -- nicknamed P-Noy -- is apparently that rare Philippines leader who is both incorruptible and competent. And his administration seems determined to change the environment of crony capitalism where who you know in government, and how much you're willing to pay for privileges, has always mattered more than what you make or how well you make it. John Forbes, a former U.S. diplomat and business consultant, whose Philippine experience goes back more than 40 years, says Aquino's anti-corruption moves are "unprecedented." From Foreign Policy
Qualification No.3 : Must SAY NO to Corruption!
Noynoy Aquino's immediate predecessor, Gloria Arroyo, earned her PhD in economics. By contrast, the laid-back P-Noy would never claim to be an economic savant (though he did manage to earn a B.A. in the dismal science, and one of his professors was Ms. Arroyo). President Aquino, by the way, is prosecuting Ms. Arroyo, alleging that she raked in millions of dollars in bribes. However the criminal charges are eventually resolved -- or perhaps not, considering the notoriously glacial pace of justice in Manila courts -- this much is clear: On Ms. Arroyo's watch, rampant corruption held the Philippine economy back, while in P-Noy's few years in office, honesty is producing tangible results in terms of growth. From Foreign Policy
Qualification no 4: Must have a familiar family name to the Pinoy Masa.
A brand is a name, a term, a symbol or an idea that provokes a sense of trust, desire, familiarity or fellowship. Nobody expected three years ago that the next president would be a then laid-back
novice senator called Noynoy Aquino. But he had the legendary AQUINO name.