Next: The United Opposition Juggernaut For 2010
Even the competing national broadsheets are united in their banner headlines today.
Quite accurately the mainstream press is also reporting that Sen. Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III is “keeping mum” about his 2010 electoral plans even as his Liberal Party mate (and still party president( Mar Roxas made the historic announcement last night that he was withdrawing his avowed presidential bid in favour of Noynoy.
In like manner Sen. Roxas did not exactly say last night that he was sliding to run as Noynoy’s vice presidential running mate.
Nah, if you reflect on how the political stars are realigning, in a manner of speaking, or more precisely how the political party protocols go, and the message crafting and handling for a situation and story like this goes.
First on traditional Filipino family values:
In keeping with Catholic tradition, the 40-day-period of prayers for her soul’s eternal repose since President Cory Aquino’s funeral is being observed, with the novenas ending on September 9.
In the political aspect, the Liberal Party executive committee is yet to formally nominate Noynoy as standard bearer and Mar as his running mate after consultations with the party membership.
In the same vein, that process would also entail Noynoy assuming the presidency after which Benigno C. Aquino III will ‘invite’ Roxas to be his vice presidential running mate, an invitation Roxas will “gladly and humbly accept.”
Only then will the die be cast for the official unveiling on September 9 of the Aquino-Roxas juggernaut for May 10, 2010, with added the added sweetener: Joseph Ejercito Estrada foregoing his plan to run, with his own announcement being framed in the context of his having “attained my goal of having a unified opposition ticket.”
In my book, Sen. Mar’s transformed into a statesman last night,while Noynoy is now presented the awesome challenge of accepting what destiny has in store for him.