In the popular movie Troy, Achilles (played by Brad Pitt) taunted the Trojans after he vanquished Hector by bellowing: Is there no one else?
Today, many Filipinos may be asking the same question.
The remains of Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo have yet to be buried. However, this did not seem to stop influence peddlers and lobbyists to work for their ‘manoks’ (favored persons) as possible successors.
In today’s news, former President Joseph Estrada was quoted as saying he will respect whatever decision President Benigno Aquino III makes in choosing the next Interior Secretary. In almost the same vein, he dropped the name of Vice President Jejomar Binay, current head of the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG Fund). Binay was Estrada’s running mate in the 2010 general elections; Binay expressed very strong interest in the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) post before he was appointed to Pag-IBIG.
Estrada was further quoted that Binay is already doing well as Pag-IBIG chairman and is needed by the agency.
Mr. Estrada: if Binay is doing well and is needed in Pag-IBIG, why make these statements? Trial balloons?
Another name being bruited about is Senator Panfilo Lacson, who will lose his job next year.
Wala na bang iba?
Is there no one else?
Robredo’s death presents two related problems for President Aquino.
The first one is to appoint his replacement.
The second, a more difficult one, is to appoint somebody who surpasses or just approximates the integrity, intensity, and quiet industry of Robredo.
If not, the nation will not confirm his replacement.