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The 2010 Philippine Elections Top Presidential Bets
The 2010 Philippine Elections Top Presidentiables
The Philippine electoral process was its glorious moments once again as democracy was very alive and kicking this was evident with the throngs of aspirants for next year's election filed their COCs this December 1 and 2, 2009. Presidential hopefuls emerged and finally filed their COCs. Additionally, some prominent figures filing their respective COCs to run for various positions.Senator Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, Sen. Manny Villar, Defense Secretary Gilbert "Gibo" Teodoro, Former President Joseph Estrada, Sen. Richard Gordon, Brother Eddie Villanueva and Environmentalist Nick Perlas are the leading and most noted personalities that completed the cast of Presidential aspirants. There are 81 hopefuls that filed their candidacy for the President, but Commission on Election (COMELEC) will inevitably cull this list, and only those with huge followers and ample political machinery will not be shortlisted.
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Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III
The son of the late former Philippine President Corazon Aquino and the late Philppine Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, is currently leading in the recent surveys conducted few months ago. Expected to be one of the front runners, Aquino's vast strength and growing popularity could be attributed by different factors:
1. Popularity of his parents, who are very famous figures in the Philippine Politics. The death of former Philippine President Coazon Aquino's death few months ago reminded Filipinos the moral leadership she provided and the ouster of a dictator.
2. Popularity of her actress-sister Kris Aquino. Being a host in the country's one of the most widely viewed gaming show in primetime has a great impact on Noynoy's candidacy. Kris' popularity certainly help in making their surname even more popular.The surname Aquino is a household name already and this alone gives Noynoy a clear distinct edge.
3.Strong tandem with Mar Roxas who is running as Noynoy's partner as a Vice Presidential bet. Mar Roxas could've been a serious contender for President but opted to give way and sacrifice his political ambitions and rather decided to help and reinforce the Presidential bid of his best Buddy Noynoy.
4. The exodus of politicians to Noynoy's poilitical bandwagon surely dealt a severe blow to the administration party.
Noynoy's Liberal Party however is one of the weakest in the country, but the influx of politicians migrating to their political turf will surely augment the party's popularity in the days ahead.
Gilbert "Gibo" Teodoro
Gilbert "Gibo" Teodoro - Virtually unknown in the political arena, Gilbert Teodoro who out MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernanado for the right to be the standard bearer of the vaunted administration party LAKAS-Kampi-CMD. Teodoro is slowly gaining populairty thanks to the series of TV and radio campaigns he is getting from nationwide.
The country's National Defense Secretary will lean on political machinery of the Administration, meaning Teodoro will enjoy the privilege of campaigning without worrying about the expenses.
Teodoro Edu Manzano, a popular actor here in the Philippines was tapped as his runningmate.
Senator Manny Villar is expected to be one of those who will figure prominently in the coming elections, the Nacionalista Party's bet for President is determined to come out with a strong showing and will surely bank on his experience and expertise in economy to win the hearts of the voting populace.
The presidential aspirations of Villar is further boosted with his alliance with still a force to reckon with Loren Legarda, a journalist turned Senator. The Villar-Legarda tandem is indeed one of the tough tie-up to beat.
Joseph "Erap" Estrada
Although didn't perform well in the recent surveys, the former Philippine President who is ousted by a "People's Power Revolt II," is setting his sight to the position he once hold. The odds is against him yet the very famous actor turned politician who once captured the hearts and imagination of the masses will once more weave his old magic of luring his die-hard fans, and supporters.
Jejomar Binay the former Makati City Mayor, who initiated and implemented programs that helped his constituent enjoy the wealth of his City is reinforcing Estrada's political undertakings.
Richard "Dick" Gordon
Sen. Dick Gordon is well-known for inspiring the Nation with the great development that he penciled, planned and initiated in Olongapo is also joining the wild and fierce battle for Presidency. Gordon who is the man behind the spirit of volunteerism that propelled Olongapo City to progress despite the closure of the American bases in the city. MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando is joining Gordon's ticket as a Vice Presidential bet.
Here are some prominent personalities that signified their intentions in running for various poistions in the country.
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo - is also eyeing a seat in the congress. Her very recent political moves, made her at the headline of the country's top newspapers. Philppine Star carried a headline denouncing Arroyo on their December 2, 2009 issue, "GMA Addict to Power," and Philippine Inquirer's was also pissed off with the Philippine, as its headline on December 1, 2009 issue was bannered by "GMA bid sparks outrage." Arroyo is perhaps using the congressional seat as a springboard to the House Speakership, the fourth highest position in the nation.
Manny Pacquiao - the Pacman was also keen on serving the people as he also filed his COC and is eyeing a seat in the Congress in his home province Sarangani. The multi-millionaire and most decorated boxer in the world however lost in the last election, and this time Pacquiao is determined to change the tide on his favor.
Adel Tamano, son of a former senator, Tito Sotto a popular comedian/actor turned Senator, Joey De Venecia, NBN ZTE whistle-blower and son of the Speaker of the House, Jose "Joe" De Venecia and leader of the aborted Oakwood Mutiny Col. Ariel Querubin filed are just some of the other well-known personalities that filed their respective COCs for various positions.
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