The big announcement came at the Polo Club.
It started off like a stump speech. “We regularly need to take a frank assessment of where were are, and where we’re going…The fact we’re making this progress, in spite of the noise of Philippine politics.. is proof my macroeconimc policies… are putting us on the path to economic stability and growth…”
“We’re tackling corruption head on…Let there be no mistake. We’re committed to the day when.. the divisions of the country can end… To do this, by breaking the status quo… This commitment goes beyond words, beyond convenience, beyond personal interest… I’ve listened to advice… from the business community…”
Because of rumor and innuendo concerning her family, and the pain it’s caused her and them, she said: “I quoted my father… God first, then country, and family is last. This is something that has guided me… My responsibility is to my people… ”
“Today my family is once again called to sacrifice our personal happiness, to allow me to serve best as president of our country. My husband has volunteered to go abroad… And so he will leave to remove these distractions and doubts from the people’s minds…”
No mention of her son or brother-in-law. Expectations can’t continue to be raised so high, only to be dashed by half-measures. There is no point in exiling Mike if his brother remains on the scene. This is, once more, too little, too late. We have to see what Susan Roces will say.
Just now (12:09) the lawyer of the President’s husband says Mikey may accompany his father -may. But no word on Iggy. Again, too little, too late.