Scheduled on Monday, May 9, 2016, presidential elections will take place in the Philippines.
Will the people of the Philippines be able to select the best candidate? And will they vote for him or her? It is all a big question mark in the upcoming election for presidency in the Philippines.
Presidential election candidates
Like in any other democratic country there are many rumors who will run for the position and who will not or is denying he will.
- Today’s Vice-President Jejomar Binay has announced that he will run for presidency in 2016, despite his problems with being accused of overpricing some buildings in Makati at the time he was mayor of that city. Also his undeclared wealth of having a large ranch in Batangas province, doesn’t seem to stop him from running.
- Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano said in an interview: “I want to be president of this country. I think I can do something great for God and his people.”
- Former Senator and Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Panfilo Lacson told reporters that he is “not planning, but contemplating” about running for the presidency. Some time later, Lacson announced his intention to be an independent candidate for president, because he said on February 2014 that he is “color blind” to politics.
In the coming months a few other candidates will announce their candidacy. Possible candidates are:
- Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago might run as president for the third time if her Stage 4 lung cancer goes into remission.
- Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is saying that he is not qualified for higher public office. Many supporters however want him to run especially on maintaining peace and order. A year later, Duterte said on a Baguio federalism forum that he’ll only run for president “if only to save the republic.” Duterte cited the need of about 10 to 15 billion pesos as a campaign war chest that is keeping him from running.
- Senator Bong Revilla; Danilo Suarez, Lakas-CMD vice-chairman, said that their party is likely considering him to be their candidate. Revilla later revealed that he is open to running for president and his involvement in the Priority Development Assistance Fund scam (PDAF scam) would not affect his political ambition.
- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas has expressed interest internally (within his Liberal party) that he wants to offer his candidacy to the public, and the party will probably endorse that.
If Jejomar Binay will ever run for president still has to be seen. His involvement in financial scandals and corruption has not been proven yet, but I expect that it will not take much time. Some 240+ bank accounts of his family and cronies have been frozen by the Court of Appeals after the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) has found out about it. The total amount of money involved is in the billions.
Equalizer Post writes: For Jejomar Binay, the lesson of his life story seemed to be: the family and friends first, morality second.
Be honest with yourself, others, and God at all times!
BINAYaran politics versus Amazing Grace- Greed versus HOPE. May the better WOMAN win in 2016!
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