Former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada eat his words. He told the nation that he will not seek elective position again. He assured that his participation in politics is meant to unite to opposition. However, he threaten to run if the opposition failed to unite.
Now, Erap is positioning himself for 2010. And he and his cohorts are determined that he will get back to Malacañang.
While other presidential aspirants spend millions for their radio and TV infomercial and spend a lot of time politicking to get media mileage, Erap follow a different trail. Erap goes to countryside through his ‘lakbay pasasalamat’.
Lakbay pasasalamat is not just an act of gratitude but an obvious early political campaign. Recently in Cebu, Erap even started to endorse candidates.
Indicators are clear. Erap will run in presidential battle in 2010. Earlier, I wrote that Erap can aspire but cannot run. I still stand on that. But the question if Erap can run or not will still be subject to long legal battle. No one can foretell what the opinion of Supreme Court on this.
But why does Erap still believe that he will win? Erap is undeniably still has the ‘masa’ support. He has still the same aura as before. Erap’s lakbay pasasalamat can attest on that. Besides, Filipinos have short-term memories. Who care if Erap was convicted of plunder? Who cares how Estrada grilled and almost topple down national economy? Who cares of Erap’s Boracay mansion and other unexplained wealth?
Erap knows well how to play his game. In Cebu, he even promised that he will make Naga (Cebu) a city again once he is elected as president. Naga in Cebu, along with 16 other cities in the Philippines, was reverted back to town. Erap did his classic move.
Erap knows how to exploit, Filipino’s weakness to celebrities like him. Erap knows how to act to win the hearts of ‘masa’.
Erap is not nobody in 2010. Erap has still the money. Erap has still disciples. Erap has still supporters. And because Erap, through his lakbay pasasalamat, gradually lubricate his political machinery at the grassroots level, who says Erap is a senseless material for president.
Erap is inching back to the palace.
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