If Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero thinks that his teaming up with a popular and polls survey front runner presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe is as easy as leisurely walking in the park, then he should settle down and once more contemplate seriously recent developments.
Escudero, like Poe, may be leading also in the vice presidential polls survey, but it is only for the simple reason that nobody else has declared their candidacy for the position. One could say that he was only pitted against speculative candidates previously.
But not anymore.
Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano has already announce his vice presidential bid in Davao City, while hoping that he could run in tandem with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. While Duterte remains undecided to this day, Cayetano, on the other hand, is steaming ahead full throttle in his political aspiration.
The latest to formally announce that he is running for vice president in the 2016 elections is Sen. Antonio Trillanes, whose Magdalo party-list group is endorsing the presidential bid of Sen. Grace Poe. In effect what it means is that a Poe-Trillanes tandem has also been formed.
Soon to formally declare his vice presidential bid is also Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos. It is unclear yet whether or not he will agree to become Vice President Jejomar Binay’s running mate.
But the most awaited announcement is that of Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, whether or not she has accepted former Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas’ offer to run as his vice presidential candidate.
For sure it is going to be an uphill battle for Escudero with so many formidable opponents vying for the vice presidency who certainly will be competing for his votes now, but what will make it even harder and crippling for Escudero is the thought that if Robredo decides to enter the race the Bicolandia votes will be much more decided to his disadvantage.
There is no doubt that the name Robredo is much loved and respected in the Bicol region and unlike Escudero, Leni, who herself is highly regarded as a person of intellect, competence and trustworthiness, also personifies the servant leadership her late husband Jesse Robredo was recognized and extolled for.
Servant leadership is about emphathizing with the people, especially the poor and the marginalized and working for their growth, development and well-being.
Being characteristically a traditional politician who simply wants power and influence over people, Robredo’s brand of leadership cannot simply be applied to Escudero.
Thus, one can aptly say now that Escudero’s vice presidential run is not a walk in the park, as he ambitiously and pretentiously believes it is.