Actor Robin Padilla has been very vocal in urging Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to run for president in the 2016 elections. But for the first time, the “Bad Boy” of Philippine cinema said he prefers former senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson to run as Duterte’s running mate. But in my opinion, it is very unlikely to happen.
In my earlier post, I mentioned that I think Marcos-Duterte in 2016 will be better than Duterte-Marcos tandem. Although both of them agree with federalism form of government, I feel that Senator Bongbong Marcos is more capable than Mayor Rody Duterte in terms of international meetings and attracting foreign investors.
Recently, Duterte announced that he now considers running for president in 2016, which is contrary to all his previous statements. I believe the tough mayor really wants to run for national position in the first place. He just wanted to make sure that he has the necessary support before making a formal announcement.
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But although I think his ratings in various surveys will dramatically increase, I am concerned about the vote distribution once Senator Marcos and former senator Ping Lacson insist on running for president. Once this happens, I think VP Binay and Sen. Grace Poe would have a greater advantage of winning the presidency.
We must remember that despite having a rapidly increase of supporters for Duterte, Senator Poe is more popular than him in terms of masses’ votes. On the other hand, VP Binay, who have just resigned from PNoy’s cabinet, has strong support from Manila Mayor Erap and the rest of United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
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Meanwhile, we know that Lacson has been consistent is his plan to run for president. But recently, Lacson said he is not now sure if he will run for president or senator, noting that “realist, not a dreamer.” Although I believe that he can be a great president, I also believe that he is not a strong candidate anymore.
Nevertheless, if Lacson will agree to be the running mate of Duterte, I think he will win with flying colors. I think he can easily beat other candidates, including Senator Grace Poe if she decides to run to vice president. And yes, I think the lady senator still needs a lot of experiences before aiming for the presidency
However, we also know he will not allow himself to a vice president of another candidate, not even for Mayor Duterte. He didn’t give in when the late movie king Fernando Poe Jr ran against Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2004, and I strongly believe he will still do the same. So to Robin, I’m afraid his wish will not be granted.
With neither Duterte-Lacson nor Duterte-Marcos becoming an unlikely tandem, I think Mayor Duterte will find it hard to get the perfect running mate. No doubt, many people are dying to vote for him for president. But without a running mate that would fit his character, he should think twice before eyeing for the presidency.
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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