I do not consider myself a prophet but I am an observer. My read on current events is that Noynoy will follow in the footsteps of his Mom and get drafted to run for president.
Philippine Daily Inquirer on 8/27/09 reported that the group that convinced Corazon Aquino to run for president in the 1986 snap election called by dictator Ferdinand Marcos has embarked on a similar campaign. The group is seeking to gather more than a million signatures to encourage the late former President's only son, Sen. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, to also run for president.
Noynoy will receive support from significant players and personalities.
ABS-CBN News on 8/28/09 reported that . . . if ever Senator Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III runs for higher office in 2010, he would find an ally in the most unlikely person: former Ilocos Norte representative Imee Marcos . . . Kaya Natin! lead convenor Harvey Keh said Monday that Panlilio would withdraw his bid for the presidency in 2010 if Aquino plans to run.
We live in as desperate times as in the days immediately following the assassination of Ninoy. It will be deja vu all over again for most of our people. Emotion will run high for a clamor for an Aquino presidency.
So, if I were a betting man (fortunately I'm not), I would bet that:
- Roxas will be Noynoy's running mate.
- FDR and Erap will endorse Noynoy.
- Escudero and Legarda will aspire for VP.
- Velarde and Villanueva will withdraw and endorse Noynoy.
- Fernando will quietly withdraw as well.
- De Castro will go back to newscasting.
- Madrigal will not go away and contribute to Villar's defeat.
Just to be perfectly clear, I am not a prophet but a mere current events observer. So, do not stone me if I am completely wrong in my predictions.