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Vice President Digong?

No, I do not think President Rodrigo R. Duterte would run for vice president. Let me cite five reasons.

One, the reason for the PDP-Laban meetings convened by Sec. Alfredo Cusi is primarily to oust Sen. Manny Pacquiao. Of course, President Duterte wants to check the loyalty of this troops. The president is obviously weeding out rivals to her daughter Davao Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio. The vice president ploy will die a natural death once the Digong loyalists succeed in easing out Pacquiao

Two, a seasoned politician, President Duterte knows Inday Sara needs to ally with strong leaders in the Visayas and Luzon. This means the Marcoses (Imee and Bongbong) and GMA (represented by Gibo Teodoro). In the Visayas, the flight diversion gambit brought Gov. Gwen Garcia into line. The vice-presidential post is a valuable piece for negotiation with allies.

Three, Duterte-Duterte tandem reeks of greed and political dynasty. He risks making his family the ultimate example of avarice for history. Four, Digong is old and not exactly a healthy individual who can withstand the rigors of a national campaign. Five, though he may be considered a lame duck by many politicians and pundits, President Duterte can help his daughter’s campaign more effectively from the comforts of Malacañang.

But then, I could be wrong.


The entry of Mariano ‘Mimo’ Osmeña as a contender for Cebu City’s first congressional district seat has complicated the political terrain for Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) and former mayor Tomas Osmeña. Rachel ‘Cutie’ del Mar has decided to continue the legacy of his father Raul del Mar. BOPK candidate for vice mayor Mary Ann delos Santos may vie for the same position. Although Councilor Franklyn Ong eyes the position of vice mayor, the Congress seat is an option.

All the while, I thought Mimo would run for a Senate seat. He may be not known in the national scene as Mimo. But he has immense political capital being the grandson of Pres. Sergio Osmeña Sr., the nephew of Sen. Sergio Osmeña Jr. and Sen. John Henry Osmeña, and younger cousin of Sen. Osmeña III. For several years now, no Osmeña or even a true-bloodied Cebuano represents Cebu in the Senate. Perhaps, the time has come for a Sen. Mimo Osmeña.

(Emmanuel ‘Anol’ Mongaya is co-founder and director of PRWorks Inc. He is also a member of the Political Officers League of the Philippines or POLPhil. DM him @anol_cebu)