By: Elena Grace Flores
It seems like there’s light at the end of the tunnel now in today’s Philippine politics with the emergence of the Vice President Jejomar Binay for President and Senator Bongbong Marcos for Vice President. As we already know, V.P. Binay aspires to be known as a unifying President and it will be a lot of help for Filipinos who are suffering from the wounds of the past. Despite not being endorsed by the outgoing President Aquino due to his well-known pledge to Mar Roxas for the latter’s sacrifice in the 2010 election, the Vice President and his family remain friends with the Aquino clan – from the Presidential sisters to the Aquino-Cojuangco uncles and aunts because of Binay’s role during Cory Aquino’s regime.
On the other hand, Senator Bongbong Marcos who’s family is a victim of political media propaganda by the father of the incumbent President, never had traces of bitterness in him. He is willing to be the Vice President contender for Binay – because he knew quite pretty well that 2016 is not yet his time for the Presidency. It is evident that his pride is not important – what matters is the future not just for the country but also for him which is quite brilliant – as a strategist himself.
The Binay – Marcos tandem for 2016 is almost confirmed if not yet announced by major media – and although many Marcos supporters are adamant of his decision to run under the Binay banner, little do they know that this is a very effective political strategy. When these opposing candidates merge as one team to battle the Liberal party, there’s little chance for Mar Roxas or even Grace Poe for the 2016 Presidential race.
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