With the latest survey conducted by Pulse Asia for the giant network ABS-CBN showing Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. as the preferred candidate for president and vice president, respectively, are we seeing the writing on the wall as to who our set of leaders will be?
We have practically less than a month to go before election and the timeliness of the survey seem to indicate that the people have started making up their minds.
Like I have often said, except for Vice president Jejomar Binay, I could care less anymore who wins the presidency.
If Duterte can sustain his lead up to the end then it is the people’s will that have spoken and assured him of a presidential victory despite the fact that he has no political machinery to rely on nor ample monetary resource to depend on.
Beating an administration candidate in the person of Mar Roxas is no easy feat, but it looks like the Filipinos really want a change in how government is run and Duterte seems to fit the mold of the kind of leader being ascribed.
Not even Sen. Grace Poe has that audacity and dogged determination to make change happen the way Duterte had made a promise to the Filipinos he will do. Except for Duterte, nobody else came out with specific plans how to go about stopping corruption, drugs and criminality. Also, compared to Poe, Duterte has the knowledge and experience to run government.
I wish I can say the same thing about Marcos, but why he is able to titillate the young voters to support him is beyond me.
The only consolation I have now, and I am sure many people appreciate it too, is that Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo has finally climbed up and is now ranking second to Marcos in the latest survey.
At this stage, this is very encouraging and reassuring, and I hope that people, especially the womenfolk, will realize that Robredo is a much better choice for the vice presidency than Marcos is – anytime.
Robredo has no issues against her integrity and competence and she seems to have the better reading of the pulse of the Filipino people as to what is needed for them and the country in general.