Upclose: Chairman Bayani Fernando

I have decided to run, declared Chairman Bayani Fernando when asked if he consider to run as president in 2010. Fernando recently visited Cebu and spent a fraction of his time meeting some Cebu bloggers, and student writers and leaders. I got the opportunity to see him upclose.

If his party, Lakas-Kampi CMD will endorse an outsider (Noli de Castro) or a newcomer (Sec. Gilbert Teodoro), will he still pursue his plan? Bayani expressed with confidence his faith that he will get his party’s support. His answer was straightforward. There was no implication that he will leave Lakas-Kampi CMD and form another party like what former President Ramos did.

Ironically, on the same day he shared to us his faith on his party’s support, Malacanang announced that the President expressed her confidence that Noli de Castro would become a good president. President Arroyo is the chairperson of Lakas-Kampi CMD. Her statement was taken as strong sign that Lakas Kampi will soon adopt and endorse Noli de Castro.

Bayani Fernando is serious on his plan to become the next president. His close supporters are now working hard to prepare for that. In fact, he was introduced to us as the next president of the Republic of the Philippines. And why not? Bayani Fernando has proven track record as former mayor of Marikina and as MMDA Chairman. To sum it all, Bayani has proven track record, credentials, competence and integrity – the traits we need for a president.

However, Bayani performs poorly in surveys – too far from Noli de Castro and a little better than Sec. Gilbert Teodoro.

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Malacañang: More Choices for 2010 Elections

Noli de Castro

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.

Bayani Fernando

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.

SWS: De Castro, Villar, Legarda lead Presidential Aspirants

Noli de Castro

Vice President Noli De Castro is still Filipino’s (according to surveys) favorite to succeed President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2010.

According to the result of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey for the 3rd quarter of 2008, De Castro, Senate President Manuel Villar, and Sen. Loren Legarda are among the top favorites for 2010 presidential elections.

SWS asked this question to 1,500 adult Filipino respondents:

Under the present Constitution, the term of Pres. Arroyo is up to 2010 only, and there will be an election for a new President in May 2010. Who do you think are good leaders who should succeed Pres. Arroyo as President? You may give up to three names.

Of the 1,500 respondents, 29% mention Vice-President De Castro, 28% mention Senate President Villar, and 26% mention Sen. Legarda. Respondents of the SWS survey were randomly picked in Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Panfilo Lacson  follows Legarda with 17%, then Francis Escudero 16%, and 13% mention both Joseph Estrada and Mar Roxas. See the complete list below:

Noli de Castro 29%
Manny Villar 28%
Loren Legarda 26%
Panfilo Lacson 17%
Francis Escudero 16%
Joseph Estrada 13%
Mar Roxas 13%
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo 1%
Bayani Fernando 1%
Antonio Trillanes III 1%
Juan Ponce Enrile 1%
Francis Pangilinan 1%

(Source: Social Weather Stations)

Will this survey already define what the 2010 presidential elections be? Will this can be translated to votes? It is too early to tell.

Presidential aspirants are now beginnign to lubricate their political machineries to surely win in 2010. That is the only thing I am sure of.

What is interesting is respondents’ mention of Estrada and Arroyo which supposed not on the list of 2010 presidential aspirants in 2010. But people still love to recall their names. But recalling them while voting? I doubt.

Talk Show: The Next President

Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada, Jr. for president? It’s too early to tell. It’s just a rumor – a ‘humor’ probably. Jun Lozada – The Movie, possibly comes first.

But rumors, words and actions always foreshadow Philippine politics except to some who love surprises.

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