Binay is the man to watch
ALTHOUGH elections are still far, some politicians could not hold their mouths but announce their plans. This week, Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao is reportedly planning to run for governor of Sarangani in 2013. Valenzuela City Councilor Shalani Soledad,
President Aquino’s ex-girlfriend, is seeking a congressional seat in 2013. And no less than Vice President Jejomar Binay also announced he will seek the presidency in 2016.
Between now and the next elections, these politicians have already placed themselves in our list of the “man-to-watch.” I’m sure there would be some who will announce their plans in the coming days.
Binay’s announcement, however, does not come as a surprise. He has visibly been solidifying his political base not only among urban poor but also among Overseas Filipino Workers and their families.
His plate is full with his work at the Home and Urban Development Coordinating Council and as Presidential Adviser on OFW Affairs, concurrently heading the Task Force OFW which helps distressed OFWs to return to the country at government expense, along with being the illegal recruitment and human trafficking czar. He also took special training courses in the US.
The position of the Vice President is considered as a “spare tire” since under the 1987 Constitution he does not have an official responsibilities other than those assigned to him/her by the sitting President and would only assume the duties and responsibilities of the President in case of the latter’s death, resignation, or removal by impeachment and subsequent conviction.
In real politics, this Constitutional provision practically allows the incumbent Vice President to roam around the country and solidify his political base in the event he seeks the presidency
in the next presidential election.
Binay’s early announcement does not necessarily turned off the Filipino voters. In the latest survey of Social Weather Station last June, Binay scored an excellent score of +74 satisfaction rating. It however further sends a caution to his potential presidential rivals to watch his all and every move.
Other politicians who have set their eyes on the presidency ahead of the 2016 elections include Senators Jinggoy Estrada, Chiz Escudero and Ferdinand Marcos Jr., former Sen. Mar Roxas and businessman Manny Pangilinan. These presidential hopefuls may also be included in the “man-to-watch” list. (Send you reactions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org)