Skip to main content

pink crystal ball

I got some email responses and text messages asking me why did I join PDP-Laban?

For the record, I filed my candidacy as a Congressman of District 3 of Quezon City as an Independent, for the May 14, 2007 elections. I had toyed with the idea of joining the Liberal Party. But my political advisers had told me to run as an Independent, to prove a point.

I did and filed as one. Then in the last week of April 2007, PDP-Laban of Quezon City talked to me. They said they wanted to support my candidacy. They would endorse me as the official candidate of the Genuine Opposition, and would help me in the campaign. Thus, I officially ran as a candidate of the Genuine Opposition, under the PDP-Laban Party.

But as I have said, we are talking here of the last elections. Although I am still, officially, with the PDP-Laban, what I see in the May 2010 elections will be coalitions. And to answer your questions, no, there will be NO single opposition party. Everyone is now busy cobbling together their
informal, unofficial slates. In short, like animals sniffing each other, everybody is running circles, smiling at each other, smelling each other's loyalties -- or lack of it.

Thus, the following images are beginning to form in my pink crystal ball:

1. As you saw in the news today, Erap Estrada is now veering towards the direction of Manny Villar as President. I see here a possible endorsement with a tit-for-tat. Thus:

Nacionalista Party, Puwersa ng Masang Pilipino, the United Opposition, and yes, PDP-Laban will endorse:

Manny Villar - for President
Jinggoy Estrada - for Vice President

And for Senators:

1. JV Ejercito
2. Adel Tamano
3. Teofisto "TG" Guingona Jr.
4. Gilbert Remulla
5. Justin Chipeco
6. Jojo Binay
7. Koko Pimentel

JV, Adel, Binay, Koko and Gilbert will win, with JV and Adel tangling for the first and second slots in the senatorial race. Koko, Binay, and Gilbert will be in the last third (8-12 positions) in the race.

Officially, I have not yet discussed the possibility of running as a Senator with the Puwersa ng Masang Pilipino and the United Opposition. My party, the PDP-Laban, has not yet officially chosen its senatorial candidate.

Nothing is official, but informal talks have begun.

The Liberal Party of Mar Roxas II is one option. I am friends with many people in this group, but I have yet to sit down with them and discuss. Although when the LP see me, they always ask: "O, kelan ka na manunumpa?'


I have to keep all doors open. Except, perhaps, the door that leads to the administration party. Heller!


hendrick said…
Re-Edited: Go where Lolo Erap's eyes REALLY are, so that your pink name will be dragged.
I don't think Adel will be on the summit unless he'll be appearing on Wowowee 70 times 7 (but I will vote for him).
Q The Conqueror said…
God. I hate Villar's guts. >_< and I can't stand Jinggoy either. However, Adel Tamano... mmm.. hot! Haha. He's pretty smart and articulate as well, so I agree with you that he'll prolly win the elections. If it'll be a Villar-Jinggoy tandem, the other presidentiables (Loren, Noli, Mar, Ping, and whoever the admin bet will be) will be forced to find a running mate who can beat Jinggoy's popularity (Chiz or Kiko might, but then would they want to go against Erap?). Ambitions, Ambitions.

Popular posts from this blog

The Heart of Summer, a short story

On the first day of April, we moved to a row house in a subdivision carved out of the Antipolo hills. A row house is a nice word for houses that somehow managed to fit into 120-square-meter lots. They looked like matchboxes, really, built near the riverbank. The larger houses, of course, stood grandly at the center of the village, in front of the chapel. We’d be renting the house from the mayor’s mistress, one of three houses she owned there.

The living room of the house spilled over into the kitchen. The house only had two tiny rooms, but it was enough for us. The owner of the apartment we had been renting in Project 4 wrote to us (in pink stationery with the letterhead “Dr. Antonina Raquiza, Ph. D.”) to say that she’d raise the monthly rent to five thousand. If we couldn’t agree to her new terms, we’d have two months to leave. Mama glared at the letter, then said something obscene about our landlady’s father. A day later, she began poring over the ads, looking for cheaper rent in …

A teacher's tales

by Danton Remoto
Remote Control

I’ve been teaching for 22 years – the longest job I’ve had. This will be my last year of teaching. I will take sabbatical leave beginning April 2009 – a paid leave for one year that senior professors take every seven years, to sleep the sleep of the and come back to school fully energized. But in my case, I will not just sleep and read and gain weight. I will spend my sabbatical leave organizing Ang Ladlad’s campaign, and my own political campaign, for the May 2010 elections.

But because I stayed here longest, that means I love this job. I admire those who’ve spent 30, 40 years teaching without repeating themselves. They’ve taught for 30, 40 different years, not just one year repeated 30, 40 times. Teachers like the now-departed Dr. Doreen G. Fernandez and the retired, but still teaching, Professor Emmanuel “Eric” Torres come to mind. Both have taught with us at the English Department of the Ateneo de Manila University.

Doreen and Eric …

Review of "Pulotgata" The Love Poems"

This is a review of my book that I just read in the Internet today. It was written by Ralph Semino Galan of UST and was published in the Inquirer. It comes in two parts.

Honeymooning with Words, Part I
by Ralph Semino Galan

Love is a favorite subject among Filipino poets, regardless of gender. For despite the influx of modern and postmodern ideologies, the pervasive influence of the Romantic spirit is still prevalent in Philippine literature, especially in poetry. It therefore comes as no surprise that even a gay-identified writer like Danton Remoto has composed extensively verses expressing the intricacies of love and lust, desire and devotion, passion and compassion.

In his third book of poetry aptly titled "Pulotgata: The Love Poems" (Pasig City: Anvil Publishing, Inc, 2004, 88 pages), Remoto delves the depths of the human heart through lyrics in English and Filipino that sing of the anxiety and the excitement, the agony and the ecstasy which accompany the act of love.

The …