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The Waiting Game

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Unabashed, Sen. Ronald M. de la Rosa admitted that he, himself, was flabbergasted, startled,even, when he was called to be the standard presidential bearer of the Cusi faction PDP-Laban party who would be able to continue the “legacy,” for whatever it is, of Pres. Duterte.

In the military, the mantra is “Obey first before you complain.” It simple means one has to obey the command of higher officials to further gain their trust, respect as well as build, strengthen relationship.True to his training, the retired Philippine National Police (PNP) chief also known as Gen. Bato followed the order of his higher ups. A true blue military man.

The bemedalled former police officer was surprised, quipped: “who wouldn’t be, that’s the presidency!” The sudden twist in his political career was truly unexpected that he stammered, there were unusual pauses as he answered questions raised in a TV interview via zoom a few hours after filing his Certificate of Candidacy (COC).

We political watchers cannot accept, be fooled by the reasoning that there was a dearth of suitable candidates among the members of the PDP-Laban Cusi faction to be the standard bearer. 

Gen. Bato is just a placeholder for the presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio, who for the life of me cannot comprehend seeming hesitancy to join the presidential fray when all things considered point to her going that way.

Noticed the color of the inner shirt the senator wearing when he filed his COC

beneath the red PDP-Laban jacket? It’s green, the dominant color associated with the camp of the Davao City mayor. Even outside of the tent, Mayor Sara’s followers were wearing green-colored tee-shirts. If it’s not telegraphing the intent, I do not know what.

We’ve seen this happen in 2015. Will this be a case of a father like daughter? Deja Vu!

Another placeholder, in my view, is outgoing Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan. Both senators are buzzer beaters. They’re last minute candidates. Though, in the case of Sen. Kiko, he was given a heads-up slightly ahead of Gen. Bato, a full day prior. The invitation, however, got to him when he was preparing to seek re-election.

Yes, it’s an extreme sacrifice of his political career as the scuttlebutt going around the political arena is he could be replaced, depending on the outcome of backdoor negotiations between the camp of Vice President Leni Robredo and the other opposition candidates to join forces.

The scenario: there could be a Leni-Ping Lacson tandem; Leni-Isko Moreno. On the other side, there could be Sara-Bongbong Marcos; Sara-Bong Go; Bongbong-Sara.

Should he be a placeholder, Sen. Kiko is at a disadvantage here considering he let go of he’s big chance for another six-year term in the Senate, which unlike the former PNP chief, who still has three more years to serve.

From the uproar of the COC filing, political watchers are now in the waiting game mode, waiting for the substitution, which is allowed until a little over a month from now.

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