Don’t ever believe when politicians say
that 2013 elections is yet too far away,
because right now, from top to bottom,
from Malacañang down to the last municipality,
prospective leaders and their
possible line ups are starting to form
their 2013 political alliances. This is like how Filipinos prepare for their town fiesta , one year
before the event.
From the local to the national politicians, they are
now starting to recruit their probable candidates. In the
local scene, until there are more new developments, as
we can expect, it’s a Sagarbarria-Cordova fight ; in the
capitol, it’s a Gary Teves-Limkaichong-Degamo threecornered
fight; but as we said, there is nothing final,
and their chances could still even be affected in the the
thick of the campaign period.
There is that unconfirmed and undocumented
announcement by Gov. Roel Degamo that he is the
Liberal party standard bearer for the Mar Roxas wing
while Rep. Josy Limkaichong will be governor bet
for the PNoy wing. You mean to say, Roxas and PNoy
have split? Hey, they even need to unite because of
a fast polarization of the opposition under Binay-
Erap-GMA, and even NPC and NP wings.
Besides, it was in Bais city that I personally asked
PNoy in a press conference that question, and he replied
on-record as to who is his choice as LP standard
bearer for Negros Oriental. PNOY categorically answered:
It is Josy Limkaichong. Unless PNoy changes
that announcement, then that is another story, but not
Also, last Friday night, Atty. Ipe Remollo (who
just resigned as president of Clark Development Authority,
read our story on page 2) told me on the phone
that Rep. Josy Limkaichong is the LP standard bearer
for governor in Negros Oriental.
Well, if Gov. Degamo is to have said that he will
run under the LP as standard bearer, he has the right to
do that. But first, he has to become an LP member, I
On the national scene; since PNOY has always
indicated that he is not running anymore, nor can he
be allowed to run, anyway, under the constitutional
prohibition of one term without reelection. But both
PNOY and Binay can switch places, he as vice-president
of his present position.
This PNoy/Roxas–Binay political unity will not last
long, we believe. One thing is sure: Binay is running for
President in 2016 against anybody. And Mar Roxas
seems to be the logical choice of PNoy to whom Roxas
gave way in 2010.
Anyhow, they say that a vote for Binay is a vote for
acquittal on Chief Justice Corona. And if senators
as judges are too preoccupied with the impeachment
case rather than finish urgent legislation, then they
can also be branded on how they will probably vote
on the impeachment, either for conviction or acquittal.
HOW THEY WILL VOTE?
Remember, it takes only nine votes to acquit Corona,
but l6 votes are needed to convict the Chief Justice.
It is obviously easier to get over nine votes. As of
now, there is a report that going for conviction of Corona
are 7 senators so far, namely: Drilon, Pangilinan, Recto,
Guingona, (LP): Lacson , Osmeña and Trillanes.
VOTING for acquittal according to the grapevine
are senators Miriam Santiago, Joker Arroyo,
Marcos, Legarda, and Villar. The rest, who have yet
to make a decision, need their body languages to be
clearly manifested, otherwise, they will be among the
“undecided,” who still have to rightfully weigh the
evidence at hand.