Certain organizations and individuals have endorsed Chief Justice Reynato Puno for the presidency. They say that because of his long and excellent record of public service, he is eminently qualified to be president of the country. But former presidential legal adviser Sergio Apostol disagrees, saying that Puno “does not know his politics” and would not be “bankable” enough.

No, Puno does not know his politics if what Apostol means by it is the dirty, traditional politics of deceit, dishonesty, corruption and cheating. And true, Puno would not be bankable, unlike former President Joseph Estrada or Senators Bong Revilla or Jinggoy Estrada. If you want “bankable,” you will have to nominate somebody from show biz or sports. After all, the word is often used to refer to stars whose names could be used as collateral for getting big loans from banks.

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