Just my opinion
By Raïssa Robles
The explanation is quite simple.
It’s not “Plan B”, as Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. claims.
It’s Rodrigo Duterte.
Before Duterte’s miting de avance (final rally) last Saturday, Marcos was grafting himself to almost every presidential candidate, including Duterte. In fact, he had boasted that Duterte had said that if in six months’ time he failed to reduce criminality he (Duterte) would resign and hand the presidency over to Bongbong Marcos.
Last Thursday, during the Rotary Club of Manila meeting which I attended, Marcos announced that he would suggest to Duterte that they should “join forces” to ensure each other’s victory and to prevent cheating. He also said the only way he could lose was if he was cheated.
However, Duterte himself threw Marcos’ plans in a spanner last Saturday. During his miting de avance, Duterte appealed for the first time to his supporters to vote for Alan Peter Cayetano because it was Cayetano he was comfortable with. For the first time, Duterte categorically said that Cayetano was the person who had his back.
Such a move meant that Duterte supporters would follow and drop Marcos in favor of Cayetano. I was wondering if this late move of Duterte would propel Cayetano to the very top. But I doubted this would happen because there would not be enough momentum to do that.
However, Duterte’s move would shave votes from Marcos. Votes that he was banking on to propel him to victory.
During last week’s Rotary Club meeting, Marcos had jokingly told the businessmen present that making him the vice-president would effectively shield Duterte from any impeachment move because people would not want him to become president.
If Leni Robredo wins, this introduces a note of instability to his presidency. It makes him temptingly impeachable.
Ironically, it was Duterte himself who told his supporters to vote for Cayetano in order to shield himself from impeachment moves.
Of course, Leni Robredo might not get the numbers in the end. But right now, the race is neck-and-neck, thanks in part to Duterte.