Noynoy for President: Part 3


This is the third and probably last installment of my Noynoy for president series. Election day is less than a week away and if we study the survey, my candidate is looking good. Based on reports, Aquino has a 22% advantage over his closest rival, Joseph Estrada.

Now, how reliable are these surveys? Well, if we take a look at surveys made from previous election, GMA had a 7% advantage over FPJ in the last week before the election of 2004. During the 1998 Presidential election, Joseph Estrada enjoyed a 18% advantage over his closest rival, Jose De Venecia. Here is an article on how, more or less, SWS perform their survey.

I am not used to this feeling of my presidential candidate actually having a very good chance of winning. My previous presidential choices were both stuck in fourth place during the campaign season as well as  the actual election.

On my last two posts of this series, I have discussed two major issues against Noynoy, one is of the Hacienda Luisita massacre and the other is of the SCTEX controversy. These articles may or may not have influenced you in changing your choice but at the very least you have heard the side of the “accused”. At least you won’t be like the people who just cry/shout/type “Hacienda Luisita” whenever a debate about the presidency comes up.

Another thing that is new for me is that I’m surrounded by people who actually care about the election. A lot of my friends on Facebook has been posting election related materials such as a side by side comparison of laws passed, educational attainment, and other qualifications that would make a good executive secretary. I have also shared a few good articles defending my candidate of choice like why the number of bills passed should not be used as an indicator of a good candidate.

There are other election related articles like the one written by Patricia Evangelista about why she wouldn’t vote Dick Gordon because he is Dick Gordon. This one got a lot of angry responses from Gordon’s supporters.

There is a post by Oscar Lagman stating his reasons why he’s voting for Noynoy but to tell you honestly, the article is more like why I wouldn’t vote for everyone else.

I like the article of Manuel L. Quezon III on why he will vote for the Noynoy-Mar tandem.

Also, there was an article posted by Manuel Buencamino of Life in Gloria’s Enchanted Kingdom where he wrote about a conversation he had with Pierre (presumably a foreign individual) trying to convince us that we should vote for the lesser evil (or to prevent an evil candidate from taking office). And while he does indeed have a point, I still don’t believe that you should change your vote for the sole reason that your current choice is going to lose.

On another note, a lot of people, especially my friends on Facebook, are asking why I chose Aquino and not Gordon. I can understand why they are rooting for Gordon but what I can’t understand is the hatred they have for Aquino. It’s as if they’re fine if I vote for anyone else as long as it is not Aquino.

What we must remember is that all of us have different criteria in judging a good candidate. You might want a transactional leader type of candidate  (e.g. Villar, Gordon, etc.) while what I want is a transformational leader (e.g. Aquino).

A transactional leader works through creating clear structures whereby it is clear what is required of their subordinates, and the rewards that they get for following orders. Punishments are not always mentioned, but they are also well-understood and formal systems of discipline are usually in place.

A transformational leader, on the other hand, enhances the motivation, morale and performance of his followers through a variety of mechanisms. These include connecting the follower’s sense of identity and self to the mission and the collective identity of the organization; being a role model for followers that inspires them; challenging followers to take greater ownership for their work, and understanding the strengths and weaknesses of followers, so the leader can align followers with tasks that optimizes their performance.

The reason I choose Aquino as my candidate for president is because I believe that a president should be a transformational leader. He can always have a transactional leader as an executive secretary.

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2 Responses to Noynoy for President: Part 3

  1. Lorna De La Cruz says:

    I respect senator Aquino but he has been senator for some years, what happened to our country? what have they done? Wealthy people don’t really have the heart for the poor. If they have they should have done somehting to uplift the socio economic status of the people but instead the worst. Old traditional politicians,remember there’s an end for everything. There is somebody up there who sees the intention of our heart. I don’t see any hope for a better Philippines in those traditional politicians. sorry but this is reality.

  2. “A transformational leader, on the other hand, enhances the motivation, morale and performance of his followers through a variety of mechanisms. These include connecting the follower’s sense of identity and self to the mission and the collective identity of the organization; being a role model for followers that inspires them; challenging followers to take greater ownership for their work, and understanding the strengths and weaknesses of followers, so the leader can align followers with tasks that optimizes their performance.”

    Didn’t you just described Gordon there?

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