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The game clock is on.

In basketball, it’s called the last two minutes, when the so-called “play-by-play report on all calls and material non-calls in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter or the last two minutes of an overtime period,” if appropriate and relevant, for all games that include playoffs, will be narrated in full detail. Opposing camps will be making their last ditch effort to win.

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This could be equated to the political situation right now, with all candidates working double time to attract voters on their side. We’re on the homestretch of the campaign, with only  a little over three weeks to go before the day of political reckoning. 

Most of us were on the edge of our bench as we speculated over the Lenten season that three presidential candidates would hand their towel that would have given way to a shorter list in the race.

It was a dud! The triumvirate of Ping Lacson, Manny Pacquiao and Isko Moreno refused to throw in their towels, despite the rumor that the camp of the lone lady in the presidential race suggests that they fold-in to avoid the spread of votes that would result in a minority presidential winner.

With the Election Day drawing near, the speculation has now shifted on who will be joining the official cabinet, depending on who wins in the May 9 race. This is a necessary preparation as all eyes and ears both here and abroad are now focusing on who will be the new leader of the country.

Here’s some of the candidates: former Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Benhur Abalos, Jr., who resigned in February this year to help in the campaign of Bongbong Marcos, will take the transportation portfolio should the son of the deposed president wins.  

Reportedly joining Abalos in the cabinet is Walter Wassmer, retired senior executive vice president and head of institutional banking of BDO Universal Bank, as finance secretary. Wassmer is a classmate of Bongbong.

Another name being floated is Philippine National Bank president Wick Veloso. It’s still unclear yet which cabinet portfolio Veloso will be handling. Since his forte is banking, will Veloso be the future governor of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)? What is definite, though, is that Veloso, should he so decide that it’s high time to serve the national government, will be part of the economic team.

I read somewhere that retired BSP Deputy Governor Diwa Guinigundo is being considered for the post as well, in his case, though, if the lone pink lady makes it.

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Guinigundo, along with former Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, is among the convenors of 1SAMBAYAN. This pro-democracy coalition, as we all know, is backing the candidacy of Vice President Leni.

In the last two minutes of the political ball game, everything remains fluid. I promise to fill you in on the trending developments and unfolding events.


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