Editorial: In search of leaders
Migz Zubiri announced on the Senate floor his resignation as Senator because he and his family could no longer take the “baseless accusations”, that his Senate post was the result of electoral fraud in Mindanao. In the succeeding evening TV interview he also declared that the recent pronouncements of Gov Zaldy Ampatuan and electoral officer Lintang Bedol were proof of fraud specifically in Maguindanao province – that which precisely gave him a supposed winning edge, albeit narrow, in the 2007 elections. On the same day from the same articulate lips, first “baseless accusation indeed ”, then ‘ there was fraud ‘, therefore resignation. The vehement complaint against “ baseless accusations” and the recognition that there was fraud are inconsistent. But these may just be the visible perorations in the tormented trapo (traditional politicians) mind trying to cope with very real issues of political survival. And given the reality of fraud publicly perceived in this particular instance, the “baseless accusations” scenario demeaned the august Senate Chamber.
Observing from the lofty Cordillera mountains, that unusual speech and the unusual act of resignation – where others are “kapit tuko”, are all part of the same landscape of our mediocre politics. It was political survival considering an upcoming Senate Electoral Tribunal ruling that would declare Koko Pimentel the legitimately elected Senator in the 2007 elections. It is a judgement on Zubiri the politician, that he held on as Senator for 4 years. He resigned only in time to repackage his reputation, and to prepare for an election campaign in 2013 hoping that he would not be hounded too much by the fraud in the 2007 elections.
How different it would have been if, when Zubiri mounted the Senate podium last August 3; he declared that he was resigning because there was fraud and he could not be a Senator on the basis of fraud , that he condemned such fraud, and then called for speedy prosecution of the master minds and implementers of that fraud. He would have risen above usual mediocre politics and self serving traditional politicians. We would have seen the rise of a new type political leader that the Philippines so direly needs in these times. Zubiri missed a rare chance of being a statesman, in the mold of Recto, Tanada or Diokno and others earlier that we sorely miss.
Thus we continue to prod for new types of leaders and politicians to emerge and lead in raising us from this morass of mediocrity and impunity in many aspects of our social – economic and political life. Yes we are a nation in search of leaders and leadership. # nordis.net