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Substitution Path

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Another variant in the country’s political scene surfaced. The virus of withdrawal caught the forever special presidential assistant (SPA) Sen. Bong Go. It's a red light for his presidential bid.

He’s nowhere near a Manchurian candidate, described to be someone, especially a politician, being used as a puppet by an enemy power. In Bong Go’s case, he’s the loyal and long-time aide of the person in power.

Although the announcement did not, altogether, surprise some political analysts, there’s some kind of Machiavillian move here as the political steps taken by the senator in just a matter of weeks are somewhat calculating.

First, the vice presidential race but withdrew shortly after presidential daughter Inday Sara filed her candidacy, also, for the second top post. Instead of getting out of the fiery political drama, the senator moved to go for the top elected position.

And only five days after his vehement denial that he’s not bowing out of the presidential race, he startled the people by dropping out of the bid. Confusing! Could it be a smoke screen to obscure and mislead, temporarily, the people of grand events that will be unfolding in the coming days?

He’s right. It’s not time for him to become president. His withdrawal has narrowed down the path to the Palace. Even prior to his giving up, the probability of him winning the race despite the Top Man helping in his campaign sorties is very remote. Actually, it opens up the party’s support of the Bongbong Marcos-Inday Sara tandem.

But, here’s the thing. Heard, it is most likely that the son for the deposed dictator from Ilocos will be DQ’d. Bongbong is facing multiple disqualification petitions before the Commission on Election, ranging from being a tax evader to the craziest accusation of an impostor.

It’s unlikely, however, the Comelec second division composed of Commissioners Socorro Inting and Antonio Kho, Jr. could hand down their decision soonest. Thus it is safe to assume that a Marcos name may still be included in the candidates’ list.

Comelec has to start printing the ballot by the second week of January 2022.

And there’ll be another twist in this blockbuster political drama. The DQ may be handed down before the start of the national campaign in February.

This circumstance calls for a substitution. With Marcos as the username in the ballot, the substitute will be Bongbong’s sister, Imee. So, it will be a ladies’ team moving forward: Imee-Inday Sara.

However, let’s not forget the pink lady. Wishful thinking this may be but with the groundswell of support vice president Leni Robredo is raking in now, the leadership scenario would most likely be Leni-Inday Sara.     

Agree. It’s too early to tell.

For comments and feedback, email me at fillmein330@gmail.com   


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