Presidential wannabes have become a dime a dozen with the on-going Pinoy style primaries.
At last count, here are the “presidentiables” – Vice President Noli de Castro, Senators Chiz Escudero, Dick Gordon, Ping Lacson, Loren Legarda, Mar Roxas, Manny Villar, Secretary Gilbert Teodoro, Mayors Jojo Binay and Sonny Belmonte, Governor Gwen Garcia, MMDA chair Bayani Fernando, ex-President Erap Estrada, and with the latter’s dare, also ex-President Fidel Ramos.
These names were also mentioned – Senators Jingoy Estrada, Jamby Madrigal and even FG Mike Arroyo.
Impressive list? Hohum, our mayor sees no one among them winning his vote. He says he might declare Davao an “open city” in 2010.
In the US, they trim down the wannabes by the state caucuses and primaries. Here, veteran kingmaker Manong Ernie sees money as the ultimate eliminator.
With a required war chest of about P3-5 billion, he estimates only four have the financial capacity to wage a decent, and might not not even be a winnable, campaign.
Elections are clearly a money game.