Ang Kalatas Volume V September 2015 Issue

Volume V No 12 | SEPTEMBER 2015 | | [email protected] | | +angkalatas | @angkalatas 2015 MPA CANDIDATES EIGHT young women are vying for the 2015 Miss Philippines Australia and Miss Charity Queen titles in a beauty pageant that has been a traditional highlight in the annual Fiesta Kultura organised by the Philippines Australia Sports and Culture Inc. >>> Page 12 PHILIPPINES: Election Watch So, who’s running and who's not... SOCIAL media was abuzz. Die-hard fans of Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte were excited for the big announcement he was to make on September 7. AND then it came: “Hindi ako tatakbo pagkapresidente.” (I am not running for president), Duterte announced before a group of shocked supporters. Duterte over the past few months was perceived to be a ‘presidentiable’ ranking third or fourth in the national polls. His cowboy image, a rather unconventional approach to enforcing discipline, and his tinkering with the idea of a federalism pulled many supporters to join a ‘Duterte for President’ movement. But Duterte made it clear – he’s not running. If that were true, then so far there are only two politicians who had stated clearly that they are running for the presidency next year: that’s Vice President Jejomar Binay and Aquino’s anointed, Secretary Mar Roxas. At least they are the two from the dominant parties. Others are still playing the guessing game. The filing of official candidacies for the 2016 elections after all will not take place until next month. Many are still waiting for Senator Grace Poe to announce her real intentions – whether she’ll run for president or not. She has topped most national surveys (at least before her INC brouhaha) and she appears to be up and about with what looked like campaign sorties around the country. Meanwhile, in the vice presidential race, only one has clearly stated that he is running for the number two post. That’s Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. Other names being floated as possible VPs are Senator Chiz Escudero (who is believed to partner with Ms Poe should she run for president) and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano. Both Roxas and Binay have not announced their VP candidates as yet. Yet, it’s still a full month before the filing of candidacies. The names and the game can still change. As for Duterte supporters, many are still hoping he’ll change his mind come October. In Pinoy politics, it is not unusual anyway for politicians to change their minds. Rodrigo Duterte (Photo: Wikipedia)