The Vice Presidential race is on! We're presented with an "interesting" set of candidates. One is a son of a dictator, one is a widow thrown into the political mix, one is married to a showbiz sweetheart, and the last choice is a coup d'etat plotter.
If you've been a voter in the Philippines, you know that candidates present stories more than political platforms. So what are the storylines of this batch of hopefuls?
I've known for a while that Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. will be seeking higher office. Social media has been filled with so many pro-Marcos propaganda, most of which are nauseating to say the least. There is no doubt that his father is one of the most brilliant minds in Philippine Politics but how the fuck did we quickly forget about what his regime has done to this country? The social media propaganda are quick to boast low crime rate during his presidency yet they fail to mention the countless murders and disappearances that happened in the same "glory days" of his father.
Then there is Leni Robredo, the widow who took the reigns of his husband who passed away in a tragic accident. Her story has some strange similarities to former President Cory Aquino. Hers seem to bank on sympathy and the belief that entering the race is a "sacrifice" they made for the Filipino people. Politics in the Philippines is hardly a sacrifice, especially if the administration has been wooing you for months because they failed to secure the commitment of other politicians to be the running mate of their beloved Presidential candidate. Either she is naive or she's become very calculating.
There's not much I can say about Senator Chiz Escudero. She hasn't really been a strong contender. Anyone who gets married merely months before the election is always a dubious character.
Finally, there's Gringo Honasan - a possible partner for current VP Jejomar Binay. He will complete the Bin-Go or Bi-Hon team. While he is instrumental in throwing out former dictator Marcos, he was also a well known mastermind of a series of coup d'etat during Cory Aquino's administration.
Who then should we choose as our Vice President? Sometimes I feel like we don't really pay attention to the VP candidates because they only serve as a distraction, a way to push more voters towards their Presidential candidate who is in some sort of trouble with the voters.