It ain’t over till October
Candidates who are reelectionist senators indeed have an advantage as they could use the resources of their office in the campaign.
But for Senators Loren Legarda and Francis Escudero who consistently top the polls, their inclusion in any coalition or party would definitely be to the latter’s advantage, the reason why UNA is flip-flopping about whether or not to allow guest candidates into its slate.
Not allowing guest candidates would be more disadvan-tageous to UNA because having poll topnotchers in the slate of the opposing coalition would pull up the chances of winning of some, if not all, of the other candidates in the slate.
Earlier, former Senator Ernesto Maceda who is part of the UNA senatorial slate said the coalition is still waiting for Escudero to decide whether he would choose the opposition coalition or join the LP-NP-NPC coalition.
He said if Escudero chooses the Liberal Party, he cannot join UNA and be considered a common candidate as the UNA leaders have already stated there would be no common candidates in their lineup.
Maceda’s statement seems to contradict earlier statements made by UNA that it is open to “adopting” candidates, even setting guidelines that are, accordingly, yet to be proposed to its members but were already disclosed to the press anyway.
Escudero, who is one of the best friends of President Benigno Aquino III, would most likely join the LP coalition, but would also benefit from inclusion into UNA.
He is also close to Vice President Binay whose triumph in the vice presidential polls was largely attributed to him.
It ain’t over till October.
That is the best appraisal I could ascribe to the political flip-flopping toward the 2013 senatorial race.