I am writing about Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and former Senator Panfilo Lacson as individuals interested in running for president of the Philippines in 2016 elections.
Both are highly able and competent candidates, and in fact the kind that this country needs, if corruption, illegal drug trade and other criminal acts are to be addressed with political will and iron hands, so that peace and stability will prevail, which in turn will make the country attractive to investors and tourists in promoting jobs so that the country could develop progressively faster.
Much have been said about Duterte and Lacson, their personality and accomplishments in their professional and political endeavors, and one can’t help but feel excited about their entry in the presidential derby, but, unfortunately, entering the race is one thing and winning is another.
Duterte seemed to have been testing the waters all these times and always coy at admitting whether or not his presidential ambition was for real. He always insists that the presidency is ‘destiny’, which God can only determine.
Knowing how Duterte idolizes Apollo Quiboloy, the founding leader and Executive Pastor of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name and the self-proclaimed “Appointed Son of God”, who is based in Davao, Duterte must have heard the whispers of Quiboloy that his 3rd place ranking in the Asia Pulse survey is a sign of that ‘destiny’.
Thus, Duterte declared that he is now keeping an open mind on the appeals from his friends and supporters.
But, isn’t is too late now considering that Sen. Grace Poe has upended or dislodged Vice President Jejomar Binay from the number one position he has been occupying for a long time, and she is gaining popularity and acceptance as a leader that she could just be as “tuwid” (straight) as or more ‘tuwid’ than President Benigno Aquino is?
That Duterte waited so long and, in fact, was unassertive in his quest for the presidency, only for Poe to appear in the scene, thanks to the Binay camp for putting her in the limelight, is his own undoing.
As for Lacson, despite his honesty, toughness and competence, and an early announcement of joining the presidential race, he could never muster enough support to catapult him up in the preferential rankings of presidentiables.
Lacson seems to top the people’s choice for senator as shown by the latest surveys, but as to the presidency, there appears to be a wide chasm of denial by the electorate of Lacson.
Lacson acknowledges the need for his camp to “define clearly our goal in relation to the message involving my track record (as both PNP chief and senator), my traits and qualities as a leader, and advocacy that we want to pursue or advance.”
I don’t think that explains everything.
Destiny of not becoming a president applies to Lacson, as it does to Duterte.
Hopefully it is a destiny applicable to Binay, too.