The Philippines is sick of politics and bossism. What the country truly needs are good and effective leader who will lead its people towards development and better life.
Senator Manuel Villar Thursday night took a dig at some of his rivals in the presidential race by saying the challenge of leading the country during precarious economic times is not for the incompetent good only as on-the-job trainees.http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/insideNation.htm?f=2009/october/…
Just what kind of leadership he’s talking about? To me he doesn’t have nothing integrity left to the bottom of his pelvic bones.Integrity is one of the most important trait as well as a core value that should be incorporated into everything he do. He cannot be counted on as a leader if he cannot be trusted. His subordinates are going to emulate his actions, and if he do not have integrity, how do you think his followers will act? -Sen.Jamby Madrigal and Ping Lacson maybe,can both say–C-5 at TAGA!
If you have integrity, that’s all that matters. If you don’t have integrity, that’s all that matters. What kind of leaderships and example are you going to be?
Good and effective leadership is that rarest of commodities that often eludes the vast majority of those that would aspire to that lofty plateau. Effective leadership as we know it, is being able to get large numbers of people to act and behave in a manner that you would like them to, while good leadership is being able to guide them in a direction that will accrue to their common good. History is replete with very effective leaders who were able to carve themselves into the pages of the history books but who were anything but good, while others were neither good nor effective as leaders, but resorted to guile and Machiavellian exploits to achieve the same ends.
Our experience in our country, in our recent history has been a mixed bag. We have been endowed with leaders who have been everything from great statesmen to charismatic non-achievers to monotonous drones all due in no small measure to a system that allows the party, rather than the people, to elect the country’s leader, while investing in him unbelievable powers.
Today, this same system has deteriorated to a point where, in many areas, men acquire leadership positions in a manner that bears no relationship to the wishes of the people.
We are governed by many of our leaders, who smile and cut ribbons and kiss babies, with their shining halos and unruffled angel wings, but who achieved and maintain their places by fear, intimidation and violence; who, one day are rabid political activists prepared to engage in electoral fraud and mayhem, but the next day are called “honorable”, sitting in at Malacanang Palace; to thump desks and extol the virtues of “the party” and give praise to his cabinets and thugs of neocons, while the people who they are supposed to represent grovel in filth, poverty and degradation and kill one another.
The stench of the hypocrisy in the leadership of this country rises to high heaven, enveloping and tranquilizing even the noble and the supposedly honest among us, who no longer rise up in protest, but instead, kowtow to this halo brigade in opportunistic acceptance or benign silence, totally overwhelmed by the fight for scarce benefits which now predominates the landscape.
Who out there in this wilderness in which we exist will rise up and speak for the Philippines except for Manny Vilar?–WAWA MEE! WAWAMEE!! Who among us are prepared to take up the mantle of statesmen, as we knew statesmen to be and put Philippines ahead of party in the building of our collapsed nation? Who will take up the plight of the weak and the defenseless and the silent majority whose voices go unheard? And who is prepared to follow the truth fearlessly, wherever it may lead even at their own peril? What this country needs most of all, at this time, is good leadership. We need leaders who will put Philippines first and dispense with partisan political considerations; fearlessly following truth and exposing wrongdoing wherever it may occur, and whatever may be the consequences.
In most, if not all, countries of the world, the buck stops with the leader. He, of all people, has at his command the power to marshal all the resources of the state in whatever direction he chooses, for he and he alone has ultimate responsibility for the failure or success of his country. In our country we have somehow managed, quite successfully, to place the cause of our demise squarely on the shoulders of everybody else except on those whose responsibility it is to lead and govern. We blame the opposition, the churches, the private sector, the foreign press and even the people themselves. We get caught up in the spectacle of endless private sector talks, church initiatives and meetings with opposition groups, to solve our problems. To what end? Without the political will and the leadership to carry it out, our problems will never be solved and such exercises become a colossal waste of time. To engage, therefore, in “bawl outs” or two-minute prayers or meetings with the churches prophets or private sector interventions is merely a cosmetic exercise in futility.
We seem to glory in profiling and ritual without facing our problems squarely. One myth that we have all bought into in this country is that Gloria Arroyo and her allies in Congress and senates bears equal responsibility for the failure of everything that affects the lives of citizens. Nothing could be further from the truth.Our country elected Gloria Arroyo with the help of Garci to lead it and to bring peace, prosperity and justice to its citizens. Gloria Arroyo is not the President and was never given any such mandate. The responsibility, therefore, for the mess in which the country now finds itself after almost nine years of governance. It was under her watch that the financial sector collapsed and the economy stagnated; it was under her watch that crime, violence and social disorder escalated; and it is under her watch that we now find ourselves in almost continuous social upheaval.
Manny Villar had the opportunity to correct the wrongdoings of Gloria Arroyo being the Senate President.But,what have he done?
Our problems, therefore, can and will only be solved when we decides that they will be solved, or when we decides that we are beyond his capacity to solve them by voting these “TRADPOLS” out in office.
Progress in any country must first be measured in terms of economic growth, and one of the hallmarks of good and effective leadership is to recognize and accept this fact. Whether it is jobs for the people, education for the young, medical care for the sick, or welfare for the weak and indigent, no amount of social engineering or attempts at reconnection with the people can replace this growth. Good leadership is, therefore, determined not by attempts to distribute largess among the people but by the extent to which these economic goals can and have been achieved.