Just like a whiff, April will soon be behind us.
We’re just about to enter the second month of the second quarter of the year, but you can already sense in the air the political season of 2022. Whether they may want to admit it or not, a number of politicians, particularly those wanting to seek the highest public office, are now busy devising plans for the presidential election.
Despite her repeated denials, presidential daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio remains the forerunner in the list of presidentiables for the coming year based on the latest Pulse Asia survey.
Never mind the denials. The disclaimers from the camp of Sara are reminiscent of the renunciations by her father nearly six years ago.
If that event escaped your memory, let me fill you in. How could we forget? It was only in the 11th hour that then Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte replaced Martin Diño. That was over five years ago on October 29, 2015 when Diño, the father in law of singer Aisa Seguerra, pullled out from his presidential campaign, paving the path for Rody. Diño’s withdrawal came before the Comelec finally made good to declare him a nuisance candidate.
Also figuring in the Pulse Asia survey is 2016 defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos. Others Senator Grace Poe, Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Damagoso, Vice President Leni Robredo, former VP Jojo Binay, Senators Ping Lacson and Christopher “Bong” Go, boxing icon Senator Manny Pacquiao and Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano.
It is evident that the former House speaker is serious in his bid, given the infomercial pushing for the passage of his proposed P10,000 Ayuda (financial assistance) bill. In the eyes of some, the paid television advertisement, which must be expensive, could mean that Cayetano was egging on his colleagues to support the bill.
But to those whose imagination are more creative, the infomercial is Cayetano’s way of endearing himself to the voting populace, especially the low-income groups.
As for the boxing champ, national artist for Literature F. Sionil-Jose, in his Hindsight column, conjectured that Pacquiao is qualified to seek the highest position of the land.
"To be where he is, he trained very hard, disciplined himself, and studied himself, his opponents, their strengths and weaknesses. His response, powered by his intelligence, is automatic and quick," according to Jose.
While it might be still too early, there’s already a major twist in the political arena. The name of Bong Go resonates with no less than his boss, President Duterte, who we heard is reportedly going down a notch lower as Go’s running mate. Such scenario will reportedly persuade Sara against running.
Another possible scenario is the daughter-father tandem, with Sara running for president and her father as running mate. Sara's camp is tight-lipped, but certain developments seem to corroborate this suspicion. Circulating on social media is a photo of a vintage wristwatch adorned with the face of the Davao mayor.
The political atmosphere is still unpredictable. We can never tell. Come October, though, it won't surprise us to see strangers becoming political bedfellows.
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