Elections in the Philippines have been tagged as ‘colorful’ by other countries because we have a lot of characters to choose from all the time. Not to mention, a lot of gimmicks too. Unlike in the USA where there are only two parties, in our country, there happens to be a lot which makes it difficult to choose the best one out of the bunch. It gets even more difficult when political advertisements and scandals start to appear as the Election Day approaches. The best way to counter that is by being informed and conducting your own research. While it’s probably too early to pick a candidate now since the filing for candidacy hasn’t even started yet, it’s best to be well-informed so you can make a sound decision on 2016.
So to give you a bit of information, here are the aspiring candidates for Presidency:
Jejomar Binay : From Vice to President
VP Jejomar Binay topped the Pulse Asia Survey where 1,200 citizens were asked who they will vote for President in 2016. However, that doesn’t mean a sure win because a lot can still happen within the next two years. What makes Binay a strong contender is of course, the fact that he has extensive experience in office. He has been after all, the mayor of Makati City for more than ten years. This is a man who handled the powerhouse city of business and commerce for years and is still being handled by a Binay in the form of his wife, Elenita. Being experienced and knowing how to closely work with the masses are Binay’s strongest suits however, what he doesn’t have is a wider media exposure, which is like a prerequisite in having more followers. He’s also not very popular, credibility-wise. His reputation for being the next Marcos might also cause his downfall as well.
Grace Poe: The Next Female President?
Senator Grace Poe was the lead during the 2010 elections and she’s doing a good job for a freshman senator for championing the Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill. Poe is getting a lot of praise from it, especially from many netizens. When Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago expressed the need for the next woman president; everyone pointed at Poe who immediately said that she is not ready to become one. The reason is that she fears history might repeat itself, regarding the presidential campaign of her late father, Fernando Poe Jr. “Binabalik ko ang masamang puntong, masamang karanasan na, pinagdaanan ng tatay ko. Parang lahat ng tao sa paligid mo, sasabihin ‘Ikaw na lang.’ ’Pagsumubok ka na, paglingon mo, ilan nalang mga kasama mo sa likod. May takot talaga. ’Di ko ina-ambisyon. Sa akin, bonus na nga nakaupo ako dito,” Poe told reporters at the Senate last March 11. However, there’s a lot time left till the election period so who knows, she might lose that fear and run for the highest office in the land.
Mar Roxas: Will Mr. Palengke become Mr. President?
We all know that Mar Roxas was supposed to run for presidency last election but he gave way to Pnoy, became his running mate for vice-president and lost to Binay. But since Roxas got appointed DILG Secretary by his Excellency, we’ve seen a lot of him on TV, on newspapers, everywhere. He works closer to the President than the VP ever did so I guess we can see who’s going to back him up on 2016. However, Mar Roxas hasn’t really spoken about running for presidency since he is ‘busy’ with work. But LP’s acting president Joseph Emilio Abaya said that the party is in ‘unison’ when it comes to their choice as their flag bearer and their choice is Mar Roxas. No one can deny that Roxas is always on the job when it comes to his work, however, being visible doesn’t always equal being effective. His mishaps during typhoon Yolanda relief is still being talked about. His reported outburst and hissy fits in public do not help boost his reputation either.
Bongbong Marcos: Will the Son be like the Father?
One of the most talked about among the contenders for presidency is Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. of the Nacionalista Party. Despite his name being tied to the Pork Barrel Scam, he is still a favorable choice based on online surveys such as www.rankopedia.com where he’s currently number one and www.theranking.com where he placed second. Although Marcos did say he has plans for 2016, it is still not clear whether he will run for President or Vice President. One thing is for sure though; his experience as the Governor ofIlocos Norte for years, his impressive resume and his name might just be his ticket for presidency. However, because of the wounds that the Marcos regime left and the bad name the media gave to them, his surname might also lose him the trust of the voters. Who knows? If the senator proves himself worthy in the next two years, our next president might just be another Marcos.
These four are the top bets for presidency in 2016 according to polls and surveys. The other “presidentiables” include Senators Miriam Defensor Santiago, Alan Peter Cayetano, ChizEscudero and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.