Why Loren Legarda Agreed To Be Manny Villar's Vice President
Political enemies want to turn this team-up into a scandalous liaison. Here’s why.
Slings and arrows from administration officials and political competitors fell like a Leonids meteor shower upon Senator Loren Legarda when she formally agreed to be the running-mate of Senator Manny Villar in the 2010 elections.
Cleared and Absolved
Villar came under siege because of the
Legarda was among those who called for an investigation when the issue first surfaced. But when the report came out and there were not even any hint of irregularity, she signed Senate Resolution 1472 with 11 other Senators clearing Villar.
In A Democracy
Legarda’s decision was an epiphany. “I woke up one day realizing that our platform and aspirations for this country, especially uplifting the poor’s lot in life, converged,” quotes the Philippine Daily Inquirer in today’s issue.
She was one of those who called for Villar’s resignation as Senate President exactly a year ago today, yet she has never attacked Villar personally, and now that his innocence has been established, has even built an alliance with him. “I don’t even call that criticism. In a democracy, you allow all views to come out so that we can listen to all views.”
Of all candidates in the coming 2010 presidential derby, Legarda is the most qualified to be President, yet she’s running only for Vice President – and her critics call her “ambitious.”
Loren Legarda, the most formidable opposition VP candidate, joins forces with an opposition presidential candidate – yet her critics call her a “political butterfly.”
It shows the extent to which her political opponents would grab straws to attack her. It shows just how scared they are. In an honest election, they have every reason to be.
Watch Senator Loren Legarda on the 2009 ANC Leadership Forum with Ricky Carandang. Photo courtesy of Inquirer.net