Opinion: Pacquiao will be a lightweight challenging the Duterte-ticket

I boldly accept the challenge of running as PRESIDENT of the Philippines. We need progress. We need to win against poverty. We need government to serve our people with integrity, compassion and transparency. The time is now. I am ready to rise to the challenge of leadership” – Senator Manny Pacquiao” (19.09.2021)

Partido Demokratiko Pilipino Lakas Ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) has already a resolution where the incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte is the Vice-Presidential Candidate and with Christopher Lawerence “Bong Go” Tesoro as the Presidential Candidate in the up-coming election. That was official like 10 days ago.

Now today, the other PDP-Laban fraction of Senator Pimentel have announced Pacquiao as the Presidential Candidate and with Senator Koko Pimentel as the Vice-Presidential candidate. This is happening a day after Pacquiao signed a coalition agreement led by MP3 alliance, which is between PDP-Laban – People’s Champ, PROMDI President Mimo Osmeña and PCM legal counsel Atty. Gacal.

So, the Pimentel fraction is giving Pacquiao a boost for his campaign now. They are willing to risk the newbie in the Senate who was only elected into it in 2016. He held a legislative seat in Mindanao since 2010, but haven’t been long in the Congress or a high ranking office. For some this will mean little, but the dismissal of “Bong Go” is for the same reasons as well.

While Pacquiao have been for a full term, as “Bong Go” only was elected in the midterms. These two will challenge each other and the PDP-Laban – People’s Champ have to prove this. This shows that both PDP-Laban tickets isn’t foolproof.

While the other ticket has the incumbent President on it. The main ticket is weak with the aide and a short term senator. These are both not winning or sincere ones. Yes, PacMan is a favoured man and a popular one. However, he is not a seasoned politician in the conning landscape of Filipino lawmakers.

Pacquiao has to show power towards the dynasties, the powerful families and the incumbent President. He is not only challenging “Bong Go”. He is going after Duterte who still has a huge following. It is not like Pacquiao is fighting against random candidates. That he has Sen. Pimentel on the ticket is helping, but is it enough?

I cannot see how Pacquiao or Pimentel will get this through the PDP-Laban at this stage. As they are working directly for Duterte and his causes. The fraction will have to challenge outside the party. Even if that meaning Pimentel have to leave the party of his father. “Nene” Pimentel Jr. founded the party in 1982 and this would be an end of an era with the possible break from the party. Because “Koko” does not have enough strength to compete with Duterte at this point of time. That seems impossible.

This is why with the challenge and dispute between these two tickets. Expect the “Bong Go” ticket to go ahead. While Pacquiao will have to do this on the outside. They have to make the People’s Champ Movement as a national party and run with that. Since, the PDP-Laban will be Duterte domain for now. Until proven otherwise, I will stand by that statement and Pimentel will not change this. He will be vital for the ticket of Pacquiao, but not enough to beat Duterte internally.

Pacquiao needs a K.O. but he will struggle on this one. He is not in the ring, but outside his comfort zone. This will be hectic, unfriendly and he will battle every step ahead. Pacquiao has been beaten and gotten punched before, but this will be humiliating and he deserves better. As the hero and champion he is. It is too early and he challenges someone who does whatever to get his way. This is why he going into a ring where he will be outplayed and outmanoeuvred. One wrong step and he will be an easy target to fall. Peace.

Opinion: Duterte’s sidekick for President now?

The Personal Aide to Duterte since 1998, Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Tesoro Go is now nominated by Partido Demokratiko Pilipino Lakas Ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) to be Presidential Candidate, as the current President Rodrigo Duterte is launching his Vice Presidential campaign as well.

The PDP-Laban might think this is a good idea to have the Bong-Go/Duterte ticket. However, to have the personal aide of Duterte as the next President sound weird at best. That shows the PDP-Laban is all captured by Duterte. Not only is Duterte running as the Vice President in the up-coming election, but his “utility” man is his succession.

Bong Go is also the “selfie-king” or the “photo-bomber” who happened to be elected Senator in the midterms in 2019. Before this he was appointed directly by Duterte. Just like he was all through the years in Davao when Duterte was mayor there.

It is hard to take Bong Go seriously as a Presidential Contender when all his known for is carrying the water for Rodrigo. This man hasn’t been independent or a proven record. His a clean slate and only has a personal belief in Duterte. This man would praise and pledge allegiance to Duterte before anything else. That’s why Bong Go was willing to forfeit the candidature for the daughter of the President Sara and her possible race for President. Therefore, it is hard to believe that this man is eligible and only there out of loyalty.

His the well-known Executive Assistant and Personal Aide of Duterte, after this Personal Campaign Assistant and Special Assistant before elected Senator. It is not like he has long history or a well forged political life himself. It is all mirrored from Duterte. Bong Go would be a nobody, if he didn’t have the close working relationship with the President. That’s why it’s striking that his the successor in 2022.

We can wonder if he plans to secure more contracts to his kin in CLTG Builders or Alfrego Builders and Supply. However, we cannot know, but what we do know is that these two companies has gotten several of major contracts during the Presidential term of Duterte. Which just happens to be relations of Bong Go. It wouldn’t be shocking if he continued to favour his own after the “promotion” to Presidency.

You know that the PDP-Laban isn’t looking for the most experience or ready person for the Presidency. Everyone is just supposed to follow one man and his ideas. Why else would you nominate the personal aide for the grandest office in the Republic?

There should be someone with more flair, finesse and even more qualifications within the party. Not just a “yes-man” and a token toy soldier of Duterte. Bong Go will only follow orders and be a continuation of the Duterte term. He is seemingly just a pawn and a useful idiot to put in his place.

Expect Bong Go to splash the cash and have “unknown” sources for it ahead of the elections. He will suddenly have fountains of it and he will go after every allegations of where it comes from. This man will get help from Duterte and his schemes. They will campaign steadily together and it will practically be a second term for the incumbent. Especially, if they are both elected.

Bong Go will not challenge or question Duterte like Duterte have done with Robredo. They will be a “dream-team” of one alpha and his “bitch”. Bong Go might be the President, but as long as Duterte is the VP. We know where the power lays, because it is not like Bong Go has ever sounded out of term with him.

This is just what the PDP-Laban is willing to do and how the wheels are running. The party should have sought for someone else to be sincere. However, Bong Go is only there because of Duterte and nothing else. Peace.

Opinion: Are Duterte prepared to be as relevant as Robredo?

On the 24th August 2021 the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino Lakas Ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) released a Press Release stating that the current day President Rodrigo Duterte will be the parties candidate for Vice President. This is clearly in the vision of being granted a further role in government, because he cannot stand again as the President.

In the most recent election in 2016 Leni Robredo won the Vice-Presidency on the Partido Liberal or Liberal Party (LP) ticket on the Roxa-Robredo, where she won but the Presidential candidate lost. That’s the one that Duterte won in the last election.

Now, it’s steaming ahead of the next. The PDP-Laban has lots of infighting lately and the roles are changing ahead of the elections. Clearly, the VP position isn’t enough to fight for. The other politicians and high ranking officials wants more. That’s why they are all out to get their gains and possible benefits ahead of costly campaign.

The only way Duterte can be relevant or have any sort of significance if the President is an ally or he has a favourable character there. That’s why there is talks of a possible Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Tesoro Go or “Bong Go” as the PDP-Laban Presidential Candidate. At this very moment that is hard to know, but that would seal the control of PDP-Laban by Duterte and him alone. At this very moment that wouldn’t be shocking, but a very clear signal.

If there is suddenly a swift change and another party gets the Presidency. A party which haven’t been allied or working indirectly with PDP-Laban at the Presidency. At that very moment Duterte will be as vital and as important as Lobredo. Yes, Lobredo have used her time to challenge the President and his reforms. The OVP have questions the means to an end. That has been needed and shown character, but not gained her any well deserved credit.

Still, that role will not beneficial for Duterte. With has erratic and hectic rants. His change of moods and sudden irrational behaviour will not be helping him. Especially, when his Presidency has made the OVP seemed like a godforsaken to office to seek. Where has mocked and ridiculed her on a regular basis. Is he prepared that might happen to him? That someone above him will take away his authority and kick him of the pedestal?

Because, if he becomes the OVP with his popularity today. He might as well possibly not only seek safe-haven from prosecution. However, his also seeking a term of misfortune and possibly hit-pieces. Especially, if others than his “Yes-Men” and token allies takes power after him. Since, a new breed might show-up and make a mockery out of him.

Duterte might think of this as a safeguard for himself. However, he should be prepared for a possible role of damnation. Where he will be under the same toils and peril as Robredo. Not like his going for a office without perks and benefits. Yes, he will have that, but he only has as much power as the President bestows upon him. That means that he will be at mercy of the one winning the next election. That is huge bargain and a risk.

If he stands as the VP he should make himself ready for days of bad press and possible scandals leaking from his term. Plus he should be secured of more headlines speaking of his temperament and erratic behaviour. Which will not be backtracked as easy or have enough spin-control to avoid humiliation. Maybe Duterte should consider this… but don’t expect it.

President Duterte and his handlers seems like everything will go as smooth as in 2016. However, times are changing. He has shown what he does and we don’t know what sort of poll he will have now. There might be more questions than answers. Therefore, PDP-Laban should question themselves, if they are willing to risk this. It will be a circus and wonder if the people will be joining them for the ride.

Duterte as the VP will be entertaining, but is that the value of governance at this very moment? The value of headlines and gossip. No, it shouldn’t be. Nevertheless, I don’t doubt the will of having another pointless figurine as the VP in yet another term. Peace.

Philippines: Partido Demokratiko Pilipino Lakas Ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) – Press Release (24.08.2021)

Philippines: Partido Demokratiko Pilipino Lakas Ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) – Resolution No. 06 Series of 2021 (09.07.2021)