Over a mug of beer, a friend and I were discussing our choices for the coming May 9 elections. We have differing opinions, but at least we can discuss this calmly and candidly, without devolving to muckraking and name-calling.
From the start, I've been leaning towards Mar Roxas without articulating even to myself why. But after this conversation, I know now why. Mar represents the known equation as opposed to the others. Daang Matuwid may not have been all that it had promised to be but I have seen enough good of what it's done thus far to want to see what it could be. Change, especially on the national scale and navigating under external pressures, takes time.
"Mar is not a leader," my friend complained, "he's more of a middle manager. Like the one that works by key result areas and metrics."
But that's exactly why I am voting for him. I don't want an off-the-cuff style of governance, I want one with policies and programs and metrics. Roxas may be boring, but in this case, the boring choice is the responsible choice.
The direction of our conversation, I think, was such that my friend seemed (to me) a little less sure of his original choice. I didn't try to convince him to vote for Roxas, but that wasn't my intent. It turns out he had another candidate in mind, but was not so sure that candidate would win.
"I already tried the conscience vote last time," he lamented. "It felt like I wasted my vote."
"But do you regret your choice? Or do you still think he was the best candidate at the time?"
He shrugged, but in a way that I took to be in the affirmative.