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Yes? Everything and everyone are on fire!

As we run up to the filing of the certificate of candidacy for the 2022 national elections in less than two weeks from now, only four of the prospective presidential candidates have confirmed their intention to run: boxing icon and senator Manny Pacquiao, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, Senator Ping Lacson and former Senator and defeated 2016 vice presidential candidate

Others, though, are in a state of vacillation. It’s a deja vu feeling for Vice President Leni Robredo, who up until this time remains undecided whether she would go for it.


It reminds me of the coyness she exuded in 2015 when asked, time and again, if she is willing to be the running mate of Mar Roxas. The Club Filipino announcement was a bit anticlimactic because the event was preceded by the news that Roxas and Leni, together, went to hear mass for blessings and guidance. For political watchers, it’s obviously a maneuver for their tandem.

The statement of former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV came out Monday saying he will be joining the Palace race should no firm decision emanate from the Robredo camp. From my vantage point I can detect the uneasiness or is it more so of restlessness of the 2003 Oakwood mutiny leader, who has been, very early on, prodding VP Leni to take the plunge.

Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio displayed the    same demeanor, telling the public she is not interested for the highest post of the land. Tarpaulin around the metro, including in places frequently visited by out of towners like Tagaytay, is spread out, posted in strategic places that says differently.

It also comes to mind the coquettish grin of her father, who went around the editorial desks to be interviewed giving out no direct answer if he is running or not. Subsequent events and of course history proved otherwise.

Lest we forget, Senator Bong Go (BG), who seemingly cannot relinquish his role of the forever special assistant of President Duterte, is also in the race as endorsed by the PDP-Laban Cusi-faction. If he loses, BG can go back to reclaim his senate seat since he still has three more years to go, until 2025.

Despite the lording over the prime time with their infomercials and the Kapuso Channel raking in truckloads of income, the Kapamilya oligarchs must be drooling in envy, there are still a number of undecided to which elected position they aspired for. All of them “toot their own horn,” praising themselves for their achievements in position.

The list of which are also on fire: Grace Poe, Mark Villar, Win Gatchalian, Alan Peter Cayetano. From his spindoctor, the Gatchalian, his brother Rex is the Valenzuela Mayor, is aiming for the second position, though, no one has yet to give him a running mate proposal.

An unsolicited advice: it’s best for the win to to stay and seek a second term as a lawmaker. This goes too for Cayetano, whom I believe has lost his shine despite his seemingly dramatic renunciation of the speakership to Lord Allan Velasco.  Cayetano, who was the first to launch his political-infomercial, is said to be eyeing the Palace by the River.

So, what’s in store for the 2022 polls? With the list of both presidential and the vice presidential candidates overcrowded already, we may end up with a minority president and vice president unless between now and October 8, cooler heads prevail and there’s a working consensus for some of the contending political parties to collaborate and field deserving candidates.

Meanwhile, we, the electorate will just have to sit it out and watch for the boulders strewn all over the place from them. Duck, if you can.

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