IS BATO FOR REAL?

IS BATO FOR REAL?

October 13, 2021 @ 5:57 AM 4 days ago

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SENATOR Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa’s filing of certificate of candidacy (COC) as PDP-Laban Party (Cusi-wing) standard-bearer came as a surprise to all and sundry, including Bato himself.

His admission that he was hastily told to proceed to Sofitel (a few hours before the deadline for filing) and file his COC runs contrary to the earlier pronouncement of the party leadership that he was indeed the chosen one who would carry the cudgels for the now embattled administration political party.

The announcement of Davao City Mayor Sarah Duterte-Carpio that she was not running for president and her subsequent filing of candidacy for a third term as local chief executive in her turf hit the PDP-Laban leadership like a dreaded thunderbolt as they have done everything, including booting out Sen. Manny Pacquiao, to pave the way for her candidacy.

All of a sudden, the administration party is left without a shepherd who will tend to the flock once the president steps down from office next year.

What seemed like a formidable candidate who would continue the legacy of PRRD and can give the collective oppositions run for their money is out of the picture and now PDP-Laban is in a quandary.

Never mind if party Secretary-General Melvin Matibag expressed optimism that through “some miracle Inday Sarah will have a change of heart and finally commit to their dreams and aspirations.”

Never mind if Bato said that he is not a mockery and will pursue party lines if push comes to shove.

Never mind if Bato said that he is willing to step aside to give way to Inday Sarah if she chooses to run.

Never mind too, if Matibag said that Bato was among their original choices but “

was not their strongest candidate in mind.”

At the end of the day, the only logical question left is whether Dela Rosa, a faithful Duterte minion, is up to the task of winning the presidency.

I have nothing against Senator Bato, but if Malacañang is dead serious in fielding a viable and winnable candidate who will give VP Leni Robredo, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, Sen. Ping Lacson, and Senator Paqcuiao a credible fight then it has got to be Mayor Inday Sarah.

No more, no less.


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