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I start counting, not because it’s September already and the Christmas Day count down begins.

My focus is the May 9, 2022 election. It’s roughly 224 days before we exercise our right to suffrage, choosing the new leader of the country.

While the filing of certificates of candidacy will start next month and the campaign period for national positions will begin on February 8 next year and for local elective positions on March 25, political ads of prospective candidates were already in the airwaves.

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In my previous column, spin doctors of four personalities – Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano, former Vice President Jojo Binay and Manny and Mark Villar father tandem – started airing their respective infomercials.

The latest to join the fray are:

Sen. Ping Lacson, who unlike Sen. Grace has been very honest on his ambition to seek, for the second time around the presidency.

Then, there’s Miguel “Migz” Zubiri, who aims to gain traction with his infomercial by telling the people of how he pushed for the  the procurement and administration of Covid-19 vaccines that will allow local government units and private entities to purchase directly the vaccines. He is seeking re-election.

Riding still on her father’s Fernando Poe, Jr. magic, Sen. Grace Poe is, also, a player in the infomercial game. This is despite her vacilation and non-disclosure on whether she would likely be aiming for another crack in the presidential race. She still has three more years as a legislator.

Will her father’s magic still work or has it diminished already? Remember, from a topnotcher in 2013, Cynthia Villar slugged her out of the ranking in 2019, relegating her to the second slot. 

Similar to Sen. Grace, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar has yet to confirm if he’s seeking a senatorial seat. But, he’s back, alone compared to the first infomercial of father-son tandem, with the message of his infomercial narrating he’s a diligent, silent hard worker that the fruits of his labor speak for himself.

I will fill you in on this issue. It has nothing to do with personalities, nor with the Villars. For me, however, Sec. Mark should be more forthright whether he goes to retake his seat in the House of Representatives or seeks a slot in the Upper Chamber.

If he does and wins, then, we’re in de javu. We’re back to 2004 when the mother-son tandem of Dr. Luisa “Loi” Estrada and Jinggoy Estrada served for three years as senators. Let’s not forget the Cayetano brother-and-sister pair and the Jinggoy-JV brother-and-brother duo.     

It’s the political dynasty I am concerned about--a critical subject that the lawmakers have failed to act on.

Yes, the game is on. Our political environs, percolating, and heating up. My question, though, is: In this time of COVID, what will candidates offer? Who among them can provide or pave a concrete roadmap to take us out of this marshland.

Let this not be misconstrued as a political endorsement, but, from among the candidates only Sen. Ping qualifies with his political ad catchphrase “Baguhin ang gobyerno, baguhin natin ang buhay.”


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