Cantal: The Lost Presidentiable
James Jimenez says that the election laws are silent on the matter; there’s nothing in the law, it seems, that a candidate declared a nuisance cannot come out with a campaign advertisement. Then again, he’s doing a much better job at being honest compared to our other Presidential candidates. Cantal pulls no punches or strings: the standard-bearer of the Philippine Green Republican Party is campaigning on a very simple, passionate premise: “Maawa po kayo sa akin.”
Now that’s what I call an honest campaign.
There’s no awa-fication you can expect from Peck (I don’t know what’s up with nicknames, but hey, with a nickname like “Maro” I should be the last guy to complain). For those who obsess themselves with the credentials and track record of candidates, here’s what Felix Cantal has to offer:
- Executive experience, owning Cantal Globeoil Worldwide Exploration & Distribution and Globeworld Shipping Lines (for a guy running under an environmentalist party, believe me, there are many other ironies in Philippine politics)
- International exposure, holding posts in the UNDP, the UN Security Council, UNICEF, the ICJ, the UN International Crime and Justice Research Institute
- Professional experience as a radio announcer for CBN and MBC, and as the advertising editor for the Manila Bulletin.
If it’s on the Internet, it must be true.
Yet with so much humility, knowing that public service is a public trust and that being elected is a matter of being voted (just bear with me on that one), Cantal bows down to the will of the people. Cantal humbles himself before the altar of public opinion; he will not brandish the names of his parents, his track record, his money, his humble origins, or a sword in campaign sorties. Cantal simply asks for your awa. Your good graces, your conscience. He believes so much in his campaign that he will campaign even if he’s been denied that chance by an election code.
Yet Cantal’s pleas will all be in vain; he may not have the bilog that’s hugis-itlog in the ballots come 2010, but he will probably go down as the best President we’ll never have…
Although I have to admit that the distinction must go to Ely Pamatong.
* – Picture made the rounds from Facebook