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Pres. Rodrigo Duterte leans toward a candidate’s popularity versus competence in his endorsement for a President?

And to no one’s surprise, he’s leaning towards endorsing Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, Senator Manny Pacquiao, or former senator Bongbong Marcos.

Next year’s Philippine Presidential election is just a little over a year from now, and people are eager to see the change they’ve been longing for.

Some have already decided to vote for certain candidates whom they think will help this country bounce back from the horrific experience of the pandemic.

While some are still undecided, incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte has publicized whom he will pick in 2022 in case his daughter Davao Mayor Sara Duterte and long-time aid Senator Bong Go will not be running.

And to no one’s surprise, he’s leaning towards endorsing Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, Senator Manny Pacquiao, or former senator Bongbong Marcos.

“In the end, kapag hindi tumakbo si Sara, hindi tumakbo si Bong Go, because he will only run for President if the President will run for Vice President, the President will have to choose who has the number,” Harry Roque said.

“He will have to choose from Isko, Manny Pacquiao, and Bong Bong Marcos kasi wala naman nang iba,” he added.

Duterte’s endorsement will be huge for any candidate since his approval rating is still high, said Roque.

“The Presidential endorsement will be formidable. Not only that, it’s not just the endorsement, it’s the machinery of Government that will be working for the anointed candidate of the president,” he said.

Roque himself however is less likely to run also.

“When you want to serve, you need to have the resources. So ako po, talagang hindi pa sigurado rin kasi nga it really depends if I have the resources.”

Sara earlier said 2034 would be the best year for her to run for the Presidency, and not 2022.

Upon knowing about the possible endorsements, people went to social media and aired their frustration.

Netizens spoke, the three picks seem unlikely to do good for the country.

Duterte basing his choice depending on a candidate’s popularity doesn’t make much sense. Competence should be on the top of the criteria.


Written by JO-EST B. TAN

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