Candidates galore

By: Ricky Poca October 18,2015 - 01:09 AM

Last Friday was the deadline for the filing of  certificates of candidacy for all aspirants in the 2016 election.

For the presidential race, there are three   serious candidates – Vice President Binay, Secretary  Mar Roxas, Sen. Grace Poe and Sen. Miriam Santiago. Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, despite being egged on by his supporters, filed a certificate for candidacy for the position of mayor of Davao city.  Aspirants for the vice presidency are Sen. Chiz Escudero, Rep. Leni Robredo, Sen. Gringo Honasan and Sen. Bongbong Marcos.

Marcos seems to enjoy an edge over  the others because he is the lone candidate from Ilocos where the Marcos clan  has a strong hold of the solid north plus the Leyte area because of the Romualdezes.  Escudero, Robredo, Cayetano, Trillanes and Honasan come from Bicol, thus dividing the votes there.

Roxas appears to enjoy a small advantage over his rivals because he belongs to the  Liberal Party and  enjoys the government machinery plus  President Aquino’s  help in campaigning for him  with leaders in the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Sen. Grace Poe reigns supreme in the surveys  but is hounded by legal issues of her citizenship plus the weird situation where her husband and children are American citizens.

Binay’s popularity is slowly being eroded as reflected in   surveys. Adding to his list of woes are  allegations of corruption that make  people conclude Binay is guilty although he has not been convicted in a court of law.

For the senate, the Liberal Party is  predicted to get  six to seven seats. There are some incumbent senators and former senators running for the Upper House   as independents like Migz Zubiri, Sen. Serge Osmeña and former Sen. Dick Gordon.

What came as a surprise was Serge Osmeña’s non-inclusion in the Liberal Party slate  considering that he was the President’s campaign manager in the last election. I think Osmeña’s critical statements against the Aquino administration cost him the Liberal Party slot.

Rep. Roman Romulo was hankering to be  on the Liberal Party’s senatorial lineup but instead landed in the ticket of  Poe-Escudero.

In the presidential race, the entry of Miriam Santiago may affect the votes of  Mar Roxas.

If Mayor  Duterte decides to run for president,   Binay’s piece of the voters pie may shrink  because  Binay’s votes   usually come from Mindanao.

Poe is leading in surveys today but things may drastically change as election day draws nearer.

The Santiago-Marcos tandem confounded a lot of people as they are   strange bedfellows-–– a graft buster picking the  son of the country’s no. 1 corrupt president. However, there are those who say that the son should not be held accountable  for the sins of his father, a stance shared by Senator Santiago.

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In Cebu, the political landscape  is also interesting with  Gov. Jun Davide and Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale of the Liberal Party running against  One Cebu party’s Winston Garcia and Nerissa Soon-Ruiz.

With the entry of Garcia, the election atmosphere in the province bears watching.  Though it is said that the Liberal Party of Davide-Magpale enjoys an edge over the candidates of One Cebu, Garcia is no pushover. He can say that it ain’t over till the fat lady sings.

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