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We do not need a pretty or handsome face or a teleprompter brain in the Palace – Juan Ponce Enrile on choosing next PH leader

Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile has survived many Philippine presidents and now in the twilight of his life, wants Filipinos to choose the leader that he thinks will be good for the country.

Manong Johnny, as he is fondly called, began by making a list of the negative traits or characteristics of the leader that we don’t need followed by the traits or attributes of the kind of leader which he thinks is the best for the country and succeed President Duterte.

Manong Johnny’s best lines though was served towards the end when he said that what we need is a leader who can and shall stand his or her ground when national interest is on the balance; a leader who heeds, but is not swayed by public opinion, even when it goes against the grain of public interest.

Manong Johnny concluded his FB post by reminding his followers about Niccolo Machiavelli who a long time ago described the best attribute to look for in a leader.

We do not need a pretty or handsome face or a teleprompter brain in the Palace. Nor do we need one whose decisions are merely a reflection and parroting of the advice of others or whose thought process is easily swayed by public opinion. We need one who is calm under pressure, shrewd, street-smart, calculating, who listens to advisers and can synthesize in his or her own mind different options presented to him or her on a given problem and arrive at his or her decision. One who can keep his or her head when all others are bewildered, and one who trust himself or herself when others are gripped with doubt. We need a leader who can and shall stand his or her ground when national interest is on the balance. We need a leader who heeds, but is not swayed by public opinion, when it goes against the grain of public interest, who has, according to Niccolo Machiavelli. the virtu, the sensitivity to discern the necessitas that confront him or her and the intuitive anticipation of the fortuna that may arise to damage him or her.

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