Ateneo economist tells purists to be practical: Your fave politikos won’t make you happy all the time
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Ateneo economist tells purists to be practical: Your fave politikos won’t make you happy all the time

Supporters of a particular politiko shouldn’t cancel him or her out for making a practical choice, Ateneo de Manila University economics professor Ronald Mendoza said.

“It takes ruthless pragmatism to govern this country. Don’t expect your favorite politician to make you happy all the time,” said Mendoza, the dean of the Ateneo School of Government.

“Our nation is divided so you will be disappointed some of the time,” he added. “The real trick would be if they keep their moral compass in all this alliance building.”

Some netizens have expressed dismay over the choices made by their preferred candidates in the 2022 elections. On Friday (October 15), the hashtag, #WeWantNeri trended on Twitter after Bayan Muna party-list chairman Neri Colmenares was excluded in Vice President Leni Robredo’s senatorial lineup.

Robredo’s senatorial slate featured a mix of strange bedfellows, including Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and former Vice President Jejomar Binay, who used to be at odds with each other.

 
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