In Ilocos Norte, the birthplace of the late Ferdinand Marcos Sr., who was thrown out of Malacañang by people power in 1986, and home to die-hard loyalists, who ensured a Marcos political comeback in the North after the family’s repatriation during Marcos relative FVR’s term, a group of pink-clad residents gathered at the Aurora Park and walked around the provincial capitol in the very heart of Laoag in show of support for VP Leni Robredo, who is running for president in the May 2022 elections. Son of the ousted president, Marcos Jr, who lost to Robredo in 2016, is also gunning for the highest government position in the Philippines.
While Marcos fanatics insist on the solidity of the North, Zsa Zsa Raval, coordinator of the Ilocos Norte Leni and Kiko Volunteers, or I.N. LoVe, says, “We exist.”
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?
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.
At a meeting in LA yesterday, I heard Leni was set to file her CoC for president. Pacquiao, Marcos Jr., Ping, and Yorme Isko have already made theirs official. When I arrived home, news of her filing were all over the net. Pink, suddenly, was trending. Not BBM’s pink shirt nowadays, but Leni’s new yellow. The rebranding is refreshing. For having the courage of her convictions, she deserves more the girl power pink.
News from my city of birth, Laoag, was getting interesting too. The same old political parties running against each other now include first time politicos and surprisingly a seasoned one I thought has already retired from the political arena. I noticed the newbies are mostly from the business sector. Just a thought that crossed my mind, let us all pray for economic recovery for the greater good and not for a politician’s own personal enrichment, especially during these turbulent times.
Like I said in my last post after the May 2019 elections, anything can happen before the May 2022 elections. The Keon and Lazo pairing is now officially off. Both are running against former mayor CVF. Manong Rudy’s eldest son Carlos is Chevylle’s running mate. Marcos Jr.’s heir, rookie politician Sandro, officially attempts to snatch the Ilocos Norte District I congressional seat from incumbent Rudy Fariñas’ daughter Ria, who has shown she can stand on her own.
Among the reds, the pinks and the greens, the only noticeable yellow I saw was the shirt of Manong Puco Aurelio when he went to file his CoC for Laoag City Councilor as an independent candidate.
Best of luck to all the candidates! Please make it clean, and color the future bright.