US-educated former military man turned politician Rep. Roilo Golez has called for the “democractization” of the selection process for the 2010 elections.
He says we should not limit the choice to the 8 or 10 high profile personalities prominently mentioned as “presidentiables” and leave the decision to “political bosses.”
He believes the long period between now and 2010 should serve as a “winnowing process” to level the playing field.
He ticked off a list of more presidentiables longer than my New Year’s Resolutions. It includes outstanding local officials like Mayor Rody Duterte, moral crusader priest turned politician Governor Ed Panlilio, members of the Lower House and even militant leaders like Rep. Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel of Akbayan.
I agree with him that with almost 90 million Filipinos, the nation has a truly deep bench of dedicated leaders to take a crack at Malacañang Palace.
I say lets count him in too.