unity among the presidentiables to field
one candidate against
the one supported by
President Rodrigo Roa
Duterte. However, the
one key presidentiable
– Senator Manny Pacquiao.
The way I see the
Duterte will field his
daughter Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio.
Senator Bong Go now poses as her rival now inside the
Duterte camp. Apparently, certain officials prefer the
senator because they can continue with their present
programs and whatever else they are doing. Inday Sara
had this record of bringing new faces with her in Davao
City Hall in lieu of her father’s trusted men. The young
Duterte makes the incompetent old men around the
president in Malacañang insecure.
Between Sara and Bong, however, most Duterte
supporters I know today committed themselves to the
candidacy of the presidential daughter. Yes, Senator
Bong Go is the president’s most trusted man. He is said
to be the one carrying his cell phone. Thus, he also manages the president’s private meetings. But will Duterte
back him as presidential candidate? I will still bet on
Inday Sara. After all, she has Duterte blood.
For 1Sambayan’s Carpio, Pacquiao is a Duterte enabler. The Pacman supported the drug war. He espoused
the death penalty.
Apparently, the retired justice needs to learn more
about political warfare. Let me cite two Sun Tzu quotes.
“If his forces are united, separate them,” he said. Another quote went, “We cannot enter into alliances with
neighboring princes until we are acquainted with their
The political world knows the unity within PDP-Laban nears breaking point. The faction supporting Senator Bong Go has forced the holding of consultations and
circulation of a resolution asking President Duterte to
run for vice president. The move earned the ire of Senator Pacquiao. Meanwhile, the DDS online horde began
anti-Pacquiao tirades even as the faction allied with Inday Sara sits by and watches.
With this development, why is Carpio pushing Pacquiao away from 1Sambayan and its call for unity of anti-Duterte forces? A Pacquiao run will deny Inday Sara
a huge chunk of votes in Mindanao and the Visayas.
Nevertheless, 1Sambayan holds a basic flaw, said one
veteran Duterte strategist. It seeks to unite personalities wanting to be the opposition standard-bearer themselves.
(Emmanuel Mongaya co-founded PRWorks Inc. He
also belongs to the Political Officers League of the Philippines or POLPhil. DM him @anol_cebu)