Withdrawals and Substitutions

More potent than my current chemo pill, Philippine politics over the weekend sent me into dizzy spells.

As of yesterday, Sarah Duterte withdrew her reelection bid for Davao City mayor and filed her CoC for the second top national post instead. Long time Duterte aide Bong Go withdrew his VP candidacy, and is running for President under a different party. Another presidential dear friend Bato de la Rosa who filed his CoC for President said on Friday, he is withdrawing because he is withdrawing. On the last day of substitution, the older Duterte, through his representative, substituted for a candidate in Bong Go’s party. Party hopping time once again! Do you even remember the names of political parties?

(The OG Rudy Fariñas is back in local politics. Photo courtesy of Cong. Ria Fariñas FB page.)

A couple of minutes before the Commission on Elections’ cut-off for substitution on Monday, former Ilocos Norte first district representative Rodolfo “Rudy” Fariñas substituted for a certain Juner Daniega Jacinto, a gubernatorial candidate under the Partido para sa Demokratikong Reporma. For governorship of Ilocos Norte, it is now the incumbent governor Matthew Marcos-Manotoc, son of Imee Marcos vs. veteran politician Rudy Fariñas.

Browsing through the comments section on social media, the feeling of invigoration among Ilocos Norteans after being given more candidates to choose from is perceptible. The pandemic has opened our eyes to a lot of things.

In the May 2022 elections, we hope to bring back the sanctity of the electoral process. Hope shapes the future.

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