"Is it too early to claim to know the peopleís pulse?"With almost 10 more months to go before the May 9, 2022 elections, there is already a lot of political posturing going on. President Duterte, for example, has been quoted to have said that he is sold on running for vice president. Who will be his running mate? Will it be his daughter, or Bong Go? I believe he can run if he really wants to. There’s no Constitutional prohibition. I have read Article VII, Section 4 of the 1987 charter and I see no legal impediment. The only prohibition on Section 4 is that “no person who has succeeded as President and has served as such for more than four years shall be qualified for election to the same office at any time.” Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, when she took over the presidency after Erap Estrada was convicted for plunder and ousted, served only for three years and a half. But will Duterte really run? I don’t think so. Recall he said earlier that his candidate for vice president is House Majority Floorleader Martin Romualdez. To my mind, if Romualdez does not run for Vice President, he will surely become the House Speaker under Sara as President. Who then will be Sara’s vice presidential candidate? My sources tell me it is Bongbong Marcos. This will be a perfect geographic and demographic combination. Meanwhile, I see a disunited opposition. That’s the reason Vice President Leni Robredo and Senator Kiko Pangilinan are saying there should be only one opposition candidate for both president and vice president. Still, there might actually be two or even three opposition candidates: Liberal Party Vice President Leni Robredo, if she does decide to run. If she doesn’t, it will be former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV as the candidate of the yellows. Unless, of course, 1Sambayan can come up with a better choice. No wonder Pangilinan and the others are worried. At the rate Senator Manny Pacquiao is following up his suspiciously orchestrated and scripted political posturing, he will be another opposition candidate. Why else would Pacquiao be talking about corruption in government agencies if he will not be an oppositionist? Then there are Senator Ping Lacson and Senate President Tito Sotto, who are now on a national tour. This is actually premature campaigning, even though they are saying that they want to feel the pulse of the people. Ping Lacson has been acting as an oppositionist and Tito has been critical of the way Duterte is conducting his “war” on illegal drugs.
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