MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, the witty, tough-talking ‘Iron Lady’ of the Philippines, has declared her intention to run for president in the 2016 elections.
Santiago, sidelined from her Senate duties for the past year because of a cancer diagnosis, said her prognosis is no longer terminal. “I beat cancer,” she announced.
As with all political campaigns, Santiago has chosen her campaign slogan.
President Aquino ran under the slogan, “Tuwid na daan,” (straight path), to represent his anti-corruption platform. His anointed successor, Mar Roxas, decided on a slogan to continue the straight path: “Ituloy ang tuwid na daan.”
Vice President Jejomar Binay chose a presidential campaign slogan that rhymes with his name: “Gaganda ang buhay kay Binay.” (Life will improve with Binay).
Senator Grace Poe, who has led the polls for many months now, has chosen the slogan, “Walang Maiiwan.” (No one will be left behind)
So back to Santiago. What’s her campaign slogan?
“Stupid is not forever!”
It is a take-off from her book, “Stupid is Forever,” and its sequel, “Stupid is Forevermore.” Both are best-sellers.
It wasn’t clear whether her slogan refers to elected officials, or the voters who keep electing corrupt and incompetent politicians.
In any case, Santiago’s slogan is sure to be another best-seller and may be her ticket to Malacañang Palace!