I will eat my pride and confess – I now like President Digong (roughly 98%).
I remember last election, I engaged a lot of people, including my mom and Wanna, to heated debates. There were nights when I would turn my back at Wanna. I, most of the time, would poised myself ready to pounce if I hear anything irritating to my ears. I recall a friend jokingly said that I was sleeping with the enemy. =)
I was even outright rude (so many times) by imposing my opinion to other people online, as if I was the only one entitled to be heard. Sorry my friends, I forgot that freedom is not absolute – especially online. Thanks Manmie for the reminder.
Honestly, my heart generally loved Digong’s answers to questions thrown at him during his pre-election interviews. My head, however, said that the implications are scary. I feared that his unorthodox ways would shake and undo the traction made in the previous administration.
For some selfish reason, I would sometimes reflect on the possible scare his style would give to so many investors. I would contemplate on how it would possibly degrade my portfolio – as if I’m carrying hundreds of millions in my investment. I pondered and told myself, I would campaign in favor of Mar Roxas. (I believe then and still that Mar can use his brilliance to generate more traction for the country.)
Anyway, I reflected on what I am seeing now. PNoy gave the country back its confidence to the government. Digong, however, is bringing more than that. He might be really paving the way for the real change to happen.
These past days, I would sometimes try to cast doubt on him. I told myself that his unorthodox ways is shaking the status quo. But in the hindsight, something is saying that how can one create real change if you don’t shake the status quo. This brought to mind Wanna’s usual dialogue – “You have a change management issue”.
Then, I heard his SONA the other day. As expected he gave his litany of promises, same with the other presidents before him. What is different though is that deep inside my heart is saying that HE WILL DELIVER. Also, I noticed that he has this captivating aura – whatever he says PEOPLE GENERALLY FOLLOW.
It’s too early for us to say that CHANGE IS REALLY HERE. But this hard core RO-RO is willing to give him that chance, and work with him (in my own way) to materialize the REAL CHANGE we all hope to come. After all my loyalty resides not with the candidates but with my country.
PS: By the way, 98% only because I am not comfortable with the issues of summary killings and mistaken identity (and the fear of this going out-of-control) and the release of PGMA (totally not acceptable).