MANILA, Philippines —No frontrunner has yet emerged among the 2022 presidential aspirants, according to political analyst Professor Ramon Casiple.
With the campaign season still yet to start, Casiple said no clear platform has been laid down so far by any of the candidates.
Casiple also noted that even Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte’s initial declaration not to join the presidential race still cannot be considered as a final decision of the local chief executive. Not until the deadline for the substitution of candidates which is on November 15.
“Alam mo naman sa pulitika wala namang usapang tapos,” he said.
Meanwhile, presidential aspirants have started going out of their way to visit places as a prelude to the election campaign period.
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno went to Barangay Banaba in Tarlac City Thursday with his running mate Dr. Willie Ong and the senatorial slate of the Aksyon Demokratiko.
Moreno held a dialogue with a farmer group and presented to them his plans to use government lands nationwide for their benefit, as well as the fisherfolks, in case he wins the elections.
“Naisip ko hindi ako totosgas. Hindi na ako gagastos para bumili ng lupa. Ang gagastusan ko na lang magtatag ako ng cold storage facility para sa dalawang industriya. Gulay tinanong mo, isasabay ko na dito ang isda,” Moreno said.
Labor leader Leody de Guzman, meanwhile, will also focus on the agricultural sector.
He said that, although he doesn’t have the machinery in running his candidacy, he is still hoping for the support of the farmers come election day.
“Buong Pilipinas yan. Forty-five million yan. May 11 million na magsasaka at yan rin ang pangunahing paglilingkuran. Plano ko na buhusan ng pondo ang ating magsasaka at mangingisda para tiyakin yung food security o availablity ng pagkain,” de Guzman said.
Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban Cusi Wing) presidential bet Senator Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa, on the other hand, said he will push for the amendment of the Constitution, particularly its economic provisions.
He said he will advocate for a more welcoming business climate in the country that will encourage foreign investments.
“Yung restrictive economic provisions sa ating Constitution ay dadagdagan natin ng phrase na ‘unless otherwise provided by law’ to give the Senate [Congress] a leeway to decide on yung pagpasok ng mga foreign investments dito, lalong-lalo na sa ownership ng mga lands,” Bato said.
For presidential aspirant Vice President Leni Robredo, as reflected by the color pink, her leadership will be evident through her gentle manner of speaking, working, and reaching out to the people.
These, she said, must also be reflected in the way of life of every Filipino.
“Tayong lahat ang nagdadala nito. Kailangan nating isalamin ang tunay na ibig sabihin ng pink habang suot natin ito. Gumawa ng mabuti, magpaabot ng tulong sa kapwa, maging mahinahon sa pagbabahagi ng ating mensahe,” Robredo said. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)