By Raïssa Robles
Which is why, one political analyst told me, the Marcos family is infuriated at Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero.
Who is he anyway? Just the son of Salvador “Sonny” Escudero, a former alalay of their late patriarch, President Ferdinand Marcos.
And what’s the hurry? Sen. Chiz is only 46 years old, plus his term ends yet in 2019. While Sen. Bongbong is 58 and is “graduating” next year. Meaning, if he loses next year he will have to sit out at least three years to get back into another elective post.
The least that Sen. Chiz could do – to show some gratitude to the Marcos family – is to give way to Sen. Bongbong, and perhaps even endorse him. That way, Sen. Bongbong will have an easy shot at the vice-presidency. That’s what the Marcoses are trying to tell Sen. Chiz right now.
But Sen. Chiz is stubborn, at least for now. He is not dropping out. He has been topping all poll surveys for the vice-presidential race, with Sen. Bongbong now running a far second. In the 2010 presidential race, Sen. Chiz backed out at the last minute, joined the Aquino campaign. Yun pala, DPA for Mayor Jejomar Binay. LOL. Despite this, the LP still fielded Chiz as “guest candidate” for senator in 2013, along with Grace Poe.
You could say the LP created its own problems for 2016.
What’s the voter appeal of Sen. Chiz and Sen. Grace Poe? If you look at the video clips of their rally in Tawi-Tawi, they both look like kids waving to the crowd. And the voter profile is getting younger and younger.
How about Rep. Leni Robredo? How is she doing?
The analyst told me it may be “too late” for her to spurt to the head of the pack.
From what I have seen in previous elections, nothing is “too late” unless you think it.
My favorite analyst conceded so many unexpected things could still happen. “Mahabang sitcom ito.” he said.
Bring out the popcorn?