Halalan 2022: The PDP-Laban ticket process has been a total mess…

Yesterday, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Tesoro Go or “Bong Go” stepped down from his candidacy as a Presidential Candidate on the PDP-Laban ticket. Since 15th November 2021 the PDP-Laban had written on their resolution no. 16 to support the candidacy of Bong Go – Duterte tandem ticket. This was supported and stated by the National Executive Committee of the PDP-Laban. Therefore, the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) is now without candidates in the highest offices.

The President has announced during November that he suddenly would be a candidate for the Senate. Meaning he will not stand as a Vice-President and compete with his daughter Sara Duterte who is standing on another ticket as a VP. Therefore, “Bong Go” and Rodrigo have both backed off and ditched the main tickets of the PDP-Laban ticket.

Yes, this is also following the Ronald “Bato” Del Rosa who first stood as the Presidential Candidate, because he was available and that got changed to “Bong Go”. Now, all three is gone and the PDP-Laban is a lot of wasted space.

The PDP-Laban could just have fielded Manny Pacquiao, but they rather run with none or run on empty. They practically don’t have an VP or a Presidential Candidate for 2022 at this late stage. Yes, COMELEC have no official withdrawal letter from “Bong Go” so it’s not official, but the message is already out.

PDP-Laban is total chaos with this… Just the announcing of “Bato” and dropping him for “Bong Go”. Rodrigo Duterte went from VP to be come a senator. While the PDP-Laban lost Pac-Man as well, who is running on another ticket. This is all showing how the party have done it and it have been hectic.

If this is all done to support Bong Bong Marcos – Duterte ticket. It is really foolish of them, if that is the end game. Because, what worth is the party? If they can easily trade it all away for political alliances and family members who is participating for others? Is the PDP-Laban party that easily traded away?

Because, Inday Sara is running elsewhere… the PDP-Laban have to be crucified on the national level? That’s how it looks like and it’s just weak tea. Who knew they lacked so much character and finesse to give up in this way.

Not like “Bato” or “Bong Go” was any good as Presidential Candidates. They are both side-kicks and loyal token soldiers of Duterte. These two doesn’t have the spine to stand-up for themselves. This is why they can be so easily shelved and not mattering. It is tragic that they make “Isko Moreno” look smart… which isn’t supposed to be a thing. However, that is what they are up to and it’s not looking good.

Who knew the PDP-Laban would be this sort of circus and be this chaotic…. This is supposed to be the parties who supposed to run a republic and have certain measures to secure things runs in order. PDP-Laban should be run better, but that is clearly to much to ask…

Bong Go” dropping out is just showing why he was the side-kick and the water-boy of Duterte all these years. His the enforcer and the ones who deals with the decrees of the President. He isn’t a man to carry his own. That is why it’s right for him to back-off. However, why was the party believing in this man in the first place?

That just shows the foolishness … and how dumb this process has been. There is nothing in this that you can take as a smooth or a wise move. Unless, it is to strategically give BBM-Duterte an easier way into 2022. If that is the case… the trade-off better be golden and the treasury chest promised should cover all expenses for decades to come. Since, the “Bong Bong” Marcos still has plunder money to pay for his politicking. Peace.

Opinion: Is “Bato” the “free transfer” of this COMELEC Window?

““He [Dela Rosa] is the one who is available. We’re not saying he is the best because originally we were pushing for Senator Bong Go,” PDP-Laban Secretary General Melvin Matibag said in an interview over ABS CBN News Channel when asked if Dela Rosa is the best candidate the party has to offer as president” (Daphne Galvez – ‘PDP- Laban Cusi wing: ‘Bato’ not best presidential bet, but he’s available’ 11.10.2021, Philippine Daily Inquirer).

The Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) Cursi-Faction seems to have had a bad transfer video. They are clearly not selling Senator Ronald “Bato” Del Rosa well. The PDP-Laban Cursi-Faction had another idea and the party had in August made another ticket.

However, they ditched that. As “Bong Go” became the VP candidate, instead of being the Presidential Candidate. This maybe why things got confused and the incumbent was retiring instead of standing as VP. Has also made the utter chaos inevitable.

Bato” isn’t a winning man. He is a useful man for the PDP-Laban. A loyal man and someone who is fighting the same causes as Rodrigo Duterte. This is why Duterte has vouched for him to stand as a President too. Nevertheless, the proof of here.

Bato” was the last choice and not the one they intended to field. The PDP-Laban is showing that they are not sending their best. They are sending the “free-transfer” and the one “available”. Not the candidate who has the ability or the heart to be there. Neither the person who has the popularity or charisma to takeover from Duterte.

So, when the PDP-Laban says this man isn’t the best and the only one who swiped right on Tinder. Why should the people pick up the ballot and vote for this man in 2022?

Heck, this is the last effort to have a full squad. His the last draft-pick and the “lucky loser” who just happened to be there. “Bato” isn’t even cutting it. That is apparent, when a spokesperson describes it like that.

Interviewer: “Well, why did you marry “Bato” Mrs. Del Rosa?”

Mrs. Del Rosa: “He was the only one man on the island, I had no other option”

Interviewer: “Seriously?”

Mrs. Del Rosa: “Yeah, what can a girl do? You are alone on the island and he is the only man there. He had to be the one for me”

The same apparently happened within in the PDP-Laban party. That is not a sign of strength, character or skills. It is the last ditch effort to pitch someone to stand as a President. At this point, the PDP-Laban should have reconciled with Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao. Since the Pac-Man or Pacquiao at least would look like a sincere effort. Now, they look clueless and panicky.

Yes, “Bato” got 19 million votes as a Senator in 2019. However, he is contesting in different race now and with other prospects. Why does he thin “soldiering on” is enough to become the Head of State? Is that how unserious the PDP-Laban has become.

The one who wasn’t worthy of a proper transfer, but could be picked up as Bosman player was fine and dandy. Well, that says more about the lack of coordination and planning in the final stages for the PDP-Laban. Which also makes things look ugly for “Bato”.

He looks stupid and also sounds unwanted. While his supposed to aspire for the highest office of the Republic. Peace.

Halalan 2022: The 5 senatorial candidates I hope get elected [right now]

In the up-coming election it is 12 seats up for grabs and the 12 who gets the most votes in the Republic becomes a senator. That will be a hard race, as it is over 120 candidates. Therefore, I will not look into all of them. In this list, I will look into the ones who I hope for.

The first one I hope gets to return to the Senate is Antonio Fuentes Trillanes IV of the Liberal Party. He has been a voice of reason. What is striking is that he has dared to challenge Duterte and the ones in power. Even when everything around was burning. When the state was starting to look into his past and the mutiny he was participating in.Trillanes can again regain his seat in the Senate and possibly challenge the tasks ahead. His not afraid or lacking the character to be there. That’s why I hope he returns there .

The second one I hope gets in is Elmer Labog “Bong”, the Chairperson of the Kilusang Mayo Uno (May First Movement). Who runs on the first ticket for Makabayang Koalisyon ng Mamamayan (Makabayan). We know he has fought the fight for the rights of workers and hope he will continue to do that in the Senate. Just like he stated last year about the 13th Month Pay: ““This is our triumph for being one in letting our voices be heard. Despite the attempt to ignore our rights, we fought for our 13th-month pay. Mabuhay ang mga manggagawa! (Long live the workers!)” Elmer Labog, chairperson of Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) said in a statement” (Ferdinand Patinio – ‘DOLE move to enforce 13th-month pay law, a ‘victory’ for workers’ 15.10.2020, Philippine News Agency). So, I hope he does the same and never forget this fight.

The third one I hope gets a senate seat is Jejomar Binay “Jojo”, the former Vice-President. Yes, his ageing, but his experience and knowledge of law would be refreshing. He served for 21 years as the Makati Mayor. This campaign his part of alliance with “Tito” Sotto and “Ping” Lacson. It would be interesting to see his return. Clearly, the whole ticket is filled with experience from President, VP to the Senate.

The fourth one I hope gets a senate is Nelson Ancajas “Dodong”, a street-vendor who has lost a child early, because he couldn’t afford health-care and is afraid to lose second child. On the stage when he was a certified candidate. He said: “As a parent, I will do everything for my child. I am an ordinary Filipino who wants my child to live. I can’t expect anything from this government. I am hardworking, diligent, and finished school. But it’s still difficult to rise from poverty” (October 2021). A man that seen this and felt the pain of losing his own. He will be strong and able to fight for other in the situation. Better than anyone who only reads about those things in a statistic or a book. He knows the plights of the streets and the hardships of life. That’s why I hope a guy like him gets a chance. Though he doesn’t have a name or recognition. Therefore, most likely he will not succeed.

The fifth on I hope gets into the senate is Greco Antonious Beda Banta Belgica or Greco Belgica. His senatorial ticket is for Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan (PDDS). Since 2018 he was appointed as Commissioner of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) under the Office of the President of the Philippines. Some has called him a loose cannon and such. However, he has been effective and campaigns has worked. It is not perfect, but neither is the system has been operating in. This is a man with time and ability ahead of him. That’s why I hope for candidates like him.

These was my first 5 picks of the over 120 candidates to pick from. There is a lot of legacy tickets, dynasties sending their senators, which are more likely to get in. As it is a costly enterprise to run for the Senate. Still, some of the other has to have a shot. Time will tell, if any of these will get there. The only one that has a real shot here is Trillanes. Peace.

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