How Duriam ‘Duterte-Miriam Love Team’ Can Affect the 2016 Philippine Elections

Duriam Duterte Miriam

Move over, AlDub! It’s now the time for Duriam, the fast-rising ‘love team’ of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago. You may have missed it, but the Comelec was quick to take a picture of the two tough presidentiables hugging each other. Prior to this, Mayor Rody Duterte and Sen Miriam Santiago praised each other’s accomplishments.

As all of us have heard during the first PiliPinas Debates 2016 held at Capitol University in Cagayan De Oro City this Sunday, February 21, and was aired at GMA-7, Duterte described her as one of only the two people who can lead the country well. Below are some major effects that I think the Duterte-Miriam mutual admiration will have in the 2016 Philippine elections.

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#1 Other presidentiables’ supporters will improve their campaign strategies

Supporters of VP Jejomar Binay, former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, and Senator Grace Poe will think of ways on how they can improve their campaign strategies, especially in social media. We all know that supporters of Duterte and Santiago are more into online campaign rather than in TV and print. Therefore, the combined forces is dangerous for the other presidentiables.

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#2 Santiago may endorse Duterte if she withdraws her candidacy

Last November, Senator Santiago has already denied reports that she will withdraw her presidential bid to give way to Mayor Duterte. But as we observe the on-going campaign, the tough lady senator is not so visible in visiting town, along with her running mate, Senator Bongbong Marcos. Let’s admit it, she is not as healthy as she was during the 1992 elections.

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#3 Senator Bongbong Marcos will likely win as Vice President

Apparently, many people have been expecting a Duterte-Marcos tandem. And as we all know, not all Duterte supporters are in favor of Senator Alan Peter Cayetano as Duterte’s running mate. In addition, the Santiago-Marcos tandem lacks political chemistry. Therefore, I can safely assume that Senator Bongbong Marcos will increase its chances of winning as vice president.

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#4 Senator Santiago may join Mayor Duterte’s cabinet if he wins

Mayor Duterte has not yet mentioned names for his cabinet in case he is elected as president. But if he wins, I think he will appoint Sen. Miriam in a post that she can really perform well. History tells us that Santiago really did well when she was the commissioner of Immigration and Deportation, and Secretary of Agrarian Reform during the Cory Aquino administration.

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The above article is a personal opinion sent to us by Eduarte Manansala, a businessman from Sta.Ana, Manila. TN is not in any way affiliated with any political party, and we are not endorsing any candidate in 2016. We decided to publish the article, hoping to receive decent comments and constructive criticisms.

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