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Smoke On Roxas

When you come to think about it, Mar Roxas probably has one of the most impressive résumés among candidates on the road to the 2016 elections. Roxas is the scion of two powerful families in both politics and industry (lest we forget that Mar is the son of a Senator and the grandson of a […]

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Madrigal: The Non-Contender

Jamby Madrigal, for many voters, is the statistical pariah of the 2010 Presidential elections: the ultimate in un-winnability.  Madrigal is the outlier in a normal curve on a very different graph, so to speak.  Every other candidate can pull out track record: hers being that of advocacy for women, children, and fair economic policies.  Every […]

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Richard Gordon: The Dark Horse

His most loyal supporters thrust and harp on the credentials and qualifications that make him who he is: 33 years of executive experience, two terms as Mayor of Olongapo City, 1971 Con-Con delegate, Subic Bay Metropolitan Area Chairman, Secretary of Tourism, 40 years of volunteer work for the Philippine National Red Cross, six years in […]

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Estrada: The Vendetta Brother

The political milieu of an entire generation was molded around the contempt of the people against Former President Joseph Estrada.  He is, after all, a very good example of what we don’t want from a President, whether it’s superficial or something that runs deep into our political consciousness.  Countless times, Estrada has proven himself to […]

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Cantal: The Lost Presidentiable

Felix “Peck” Cantal is very forthright with his Presidential bid.  He’s not campaigning with sweeping proclamations, vague platforms, and promises that will probably be forgotten. James Jimenez says that the election laws are silent on the matter; there’s nothing in the law, it seems, that a candidate declared a nuisance cannot come out with a […]

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Teodoro: The Necessary

I see his face painted on the back of many buses, in the attempt perhaps to boost his reputation and to improve recognition.  “Posible,” the advertisements read, that he is the key; he is the answer.  “Galing at Talino:” the Harvard Law graduate, the most intelligent in the motley crue of Presidential aspirants, the man […]

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Aquino: The Scion

Noynoy Aquino is a Presidential candidate banking on memories: a campaign that has run the gamut of remembrance and amnesia.  Though the demands of the campaign would require that he should be his own man and not invoke the memory of his parents, Noynoy Aquino cannot be spoken of in terms of “who he is.”  […]

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Vetallano Acosta

Vetallano Acosta. (cue Spanish guitar strum) Aged in oak barrels, for the finest in Spanish brandy. (cue flamenco dancers) Smooth, sophisticated, every sip comes alive. (archetypal instrumental with guitars, castanets and clapping) Vetallano Acosta, VSOP: Very Special, Only Pilipino. All we know of Vetallano Acosta is that he is a Presidential candidate for the Kilusang […]

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Villar: The Manager

* – First in a series of posts about the Presidentiables Many of us are familiar with the Autobiography of Manuel B. Villar: born poor, sold fish in the market, and climbed up his way from the slums to the Senate.  It’s an autobiography not written in books, but in TV commercials and PR material.  […]

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