Four ‘Dream Tickets’ For 2010 Emerge As GMA Anoints Noli De Castro
The die is cast for journalist-turned-Vice President Manuel ‘Noli’ De Castro (and coming soon with the other presidential hopefuls).
He’s GMA’s ‘anointed one’ for the elections 9 months hence and with it goes De Castro finally shedding his independent political packaging in exchange for the backing, and funding, of the PaLaKa party in the May 20, 2010 balloting.
I predict now that De Castro will be paired with Interior and Local Government Secretary as his vice presidential running mate, while erstwhile presidential wannabee (Defense Secretary) Gilbert Teodoro will slide down to join the administration’s senatorial ticket, together with MMDA chair Bayani Fernando.
With De Castro as PaLaKa’s standard bearer the 2010 presidential derby will likely pit the following tickets against each other.
De Castro – Puno
Villar – Escudero
Estrada – Legarda
Aquino – Roxas
The operative factors for the four ‘dream tickets are:
1. Their potential winnability for either the administration or ‘ununified political opposition.
2. The opinions surveys pointing to the combined pluralities that the tandems could draw and translate into actual votes on election day
3. The groundswell for the pairings, particularly in the pressure for Noynoy Aquino to continue his parent’s legacy and pressure for Mar Roxas to become this era’s Boy Laurel, setting aside his personal political ambition ‘for the greater good’;
4. The political pragmatism factor:” no permanent enemies, only permanent interests,”
(particularly applicable here in the cases of Villar and Escudero, and to a lesser degree for the other pairings.
In the realm of possibilities, 5th or 6th alternative ‘straggler’ tandems could emerge in the ensuing weeks before, and immediately after the Nov. 30 candidacy filing deadline and February when the campaigns go into high gear, with the reality of lack of party machinery and component political war chest affecting the other aspiring candidates with ‘unwinnable’ survey numbers and mass bases.