Although Vice President Noli de Castro consistenly lead in surveys, Cerge Remonde, Presidential Management Staff chief, told reporters that De Castro is not the only choice of Malacañang as official presidential candidate for 2010. The final say is from President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
According to reports, aside from De Castro, Malacañang is also considering Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro, Senator Richard Gordon, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Bayani Fernando, and Quezon City Mayor Feliciano Belmonte.
Of the four mentioned, only Bayani Fernando already expressed his intention to run for the highest position. And Fernado’s effort in positioning himself to become known to masses is escalating. He has posters scattered all over the islands; he joined a TV contest; frequent TV appearances, among others.
The way I see it, Malacañang float the names of Teodoro, Gordon, Fernando, and Belmonte as other choice aside form De Castro because they know very well how weak De Castro will be in 2010. Yes, De Castro might be strong in surveys but many are not confident that De Castro can do well as president. A number of Filipinos still doubt on his capabilities. Most likely, many will not favor with him especially when more competent candidates will float.
Thus Malacañang is preparing us so that we will not be surprised when De Castro will NOT be endorsed by the Arroyo.