Game 1: It’s been more than a week since Sen. Bong T. Go announced he’s dropping out of the presidential race. But as of this writing, the ever loyal former Special Assistant to the President (SPA) has yet to show his face before the Commission on Election (Comelec).
Why the need to go to Comelec? Section 78 of the Omnibus Election Code mandates that the certificate of candidacy (COC), prior to the election, could be withdrawn by submitting to Comelec a written declaration under oath.
The former SPA has the choice to present himself for this anywhere, either before the Comelec main office or in hometown Davao. But up until now there appears to be no movement from his camp.
What’s keeping him? Heard from some group he may spring a surprise, though, not involving him but someone else.
Game 2: Petitions against the disqualification of the son of deposed dictator and former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. continue to file-up with the latest from the Martial Law victims, arguing that Junior is not a qualified voter, thus, lacks constitutional requirement that presidential candidates must be registered voters.
Here’s a new development on this issue: There’s a hash-hash going around the corridors of Palacio del Gobernador, southwest of Plaza de Roma that there will be no substitution.
Junior Marcos will surely be DQ’d but not on the merits presented by the petitioners that he is a tax evader or an impostor. The disqualification will be based on the “flaws” of his COC. This could be a blow to the followers of Bongbong.
The top resident of Bahay Pangarap reportedly virtually summoned Comelec second division Commissioners Socorro Inting and Antonio Kho, Jr. discussing the DQ status. Or is it giving them direction? Just asking.
The timetable for the DQ decision has changed to soonest rather before the start of the national campaign in February. From what we heard that there’ll be substitution, this means that no Marcos name will be on ballot.
Game 3: The Omicron threat. Although, daily recorded COVID cases have continuously dropped below 1,000 to 356 as of Tuesday, the threat of Omicron hangs like a sword of Damocles in the coming year as requirements for travel loosen up.
While the Philippine borders have been sealed to a select number of countries, the risk of Omicron reaching our shores lurks and depending on the gravity of cases may cause suspension or postponement of the May national elections. No-El?
Not because its Christmas, some have already inputted this No-El scenario in their 2022 outlook.
Now the waiting begins.
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