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My otherwise lazy Saturday afternoon was startled following President Duterte’s announcement of his intent to retire, drop out of the vice presidential race, which he claimed is the “will of the people.”

Hours prior, a contingent of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) made its presence felt at the tent of Hotel Sofitel, where Comelec is temporarily holding office for the filing of certificate of candidacy of prospective candidates for the 2022 national elections. Though, PSG Commander Col. Rudolph G. Cabangbang rationalized their presence as “ocular inspection.” It’s in prep “just in case!”

Little did we know that Col. Cabangbang was actually telegraphing the possibility that there’s no sign of movements from the Palace's top resident. Or am I just reading too much between the lines on the backstory of the so-called “retirement” in politics.   

Is it the unsavory reputation or something else that the news on the president’s political career has the Philippines in the pages of the New York Times? Major international wire agencies likewise wrote a lengthy article on his retirement by dropping out of the race to pave the way for his daughter, Sara Duterte-Carpio, to become the next resident of Malacanang with the forever loyal Presidential aide, now Sen. Bong Go, as his vice presidential running mate.

Another crackling gossip around town is: it’s actually a political manuevering because there’s an ongoing negotiation between the Davao and the Ilocos Norte camps for an unholy alliance that would field the Sara-Bongbong Marcos (BBM) tandem or interchangeably BBM-Sara.

The team-up, strange bedfellows as it may seem to some, as Sen. Imee described it is a union “made in heaven.” I may be unable to fill you in on exactly what the sister meant, but, I could only surmise that such an astounding, bankable partnership could lead to Malacanang. Already, there are banners and tarpaulins with inscriptions in Tagalog “Si Bongbong ang Kailangan (Bongbong is what we need).”

BBM, however, did not join the fray on Friday as among the first filers. It is a bit of a wonder that BBM was no show to file his certificate of candidacy (COC) despite having been endorsed by Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL) on September 24, a day after father Ferdinand Marcos imposed Martial Law 49 years ago.

Just to fill you in on some history nuggets: The deposed leader went on nationwide television on September 23, 1972 placing the entire country under Martial Law, embodied in Proclamation 1081 which he signed on September 21. KBL is the party founded by BBM’s father. 

Reactions have poured in various social media platforms on the possible team-up. The tandem, which according to grape vines could be announced this week, may spark and ignite the opposition to unite.   

Discernment is necessary. The voting populace should be more sensible of the maneuverings of politicians just to gain traction. Awareness is the key. Voters should not be influenced by the song and dance, rhetorical promises. Let's learn from the lessons of history.

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