Philippine Elections 2022 - The Presidential Candidates
No Elections (No-El)
With the continuing debate on changing the form of government into Federalism and a possible charter change thru Constitutional Assembly or Constitutional Convention, a lot of people are worried that the coming presidential elections will be scrapped - the so called NO-EL or no-elections scenario.
Still, I'll go ahead and make me a list of the possible presidential candidates, come May 2022.
Current Vice-President. A lawyer from Camarines Sur, Bicol Region, she became prominent when her husband, Jesse Robredo, who was then the Interior Secretary, died in a plane crash in 2012. The Liberal Party may decide to make her run for the presidency on 2022.
Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. also known as Bongbong Marcos. The son of the former dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos who was forced to go on exile to the U.S. as a result of the EDSA Revolution. Lost to Leni Robredo by a small margin during the last elections. Claims that he was cheated by Robredo. We all know that the Marcoses want to regain what they have lost.
Sara Duterte-Carpio, aka Inday Sara, the current president's daughter and Mayor of Davao City. Rumored to having a hand in the ouster of House of Representative Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and the subsequent election of Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as the new Speaker of the House.
Ronald dela Rosa, also known as "Bato" or Rock. Former Police Chief and now Director of Bureau of Corrections. Very prominent because of the bloody war on drugs during his time as a Police Chief.
Manny Pacquiao or Pacman is a current Philippine senator. He is well-known all over the world because he is the legendary 8-division boxing champ. President Duterte has been saying for a long time that Manny Pacquiao would replace him as President.
Allan Peter Cayetano. Former senator and currently Secretary of Foreign Affairs. He was Rodrigo Duterte's running mate as vice-president during the 2016 presidential elections. He placed third in the said elections, after Leni Robredo and Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.
Grace Poe, current Senator of the Philippines. Adopted daughter of cinema king Fernando Poe, Jr. She ran for president last 2016 elections but was defeated by Rodrigo Duterte, coming in third next to Mar Roxas. She would presumably try another run on the next presidential elections.
Juan Edgardo Angara, popularly known as Sonny Angara, is the son of a former senator and a former Senate President of the Philippines - Senator Edgardo Angara. His father wanted to run for the presidency during the 2016 Presidential Elections but ended up running as vice-president and was unsuccessful in his bid. It is therefore widely believed that Sonny will try to become a President, thereby attaining what his father failed to do.
Richard J. Gordon, current Senator of the Philippines. Longtime Mayor of Olongapo City and formerly Chairman of Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) in Zambales. Ran for president in tandem with Bayani Fernando in 2010 elections but was beaten by Noynoy Aquino.
Manuel "Mar" Roxas. Grandson of former President of the Philippines, Manuel Roxas. Former Senator of the Philippines and was a cabinet member during the presidency of Noynoy Aquino. During the 2010 presidential elections, he was nominated as a presidential candidate but he eventually gave way to Noynoy Aquino and settled for the vice-presidency. Noynoy Aquino was highly popular during those times and the Liberal party rightfully foresaw that Aquino was their best bet to beat the very popular former Philippine President Joseph "Erap" Estrada.