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!