Aquino, Marcos. These are the two surnames in which Philippine politics is (perhaps blindly) divided into. A failure of the Marcos family puts the Aquino supporters on a feast, and vice versa. With the presidential election looming, the term of President BS Aquino III is drawing to a close. His endorsement power was affected by the massacre of 44 of the country’s top policemen in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. BS Aquino’s ratings have plunged to an all-time low, and that will only continue to get lower, especially with how the report of the Senate and the PNP Board of Inquiry both pointed to Aquino as among those responsible for the massacre by allowing suspended PNP Chief Alan Purisima to call shots in the operation.
The elections are looming, and whoever receives BS Aquino’s endorsement is doomed to fail in the coming election. That is, unless BS Aquino uses his powers to rig the elections in favor of his anointed successor, who at the moment appears to be Interior Secretary Mar Roxas. Nevertheless, whoever is going to be endorsed by BS Aquino is also going to take the heat from his critics.
Still, the administration has done its best to make sure its 2016 bet wins. This is evident with how administration ally Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has furiously attacked Vice President Jejomar Binay, the only confirmed presidential candidate so far. Trillanes is from the Nacionalista Party, but has shown himself to be more loyal to BS Aquino than any other ruling Liberal Party member not named Franklin Drilon and Sonny Belmonte.
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Suppose Aquino’s popularity keeps spiraling downward, the Filipino mindset would lead the people to look at another alternative. And, what is a more suitable alternative to the Aquino name than its antithesis, Marcos. Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., the son of the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos, has expressed little interest in the presidency, although he has not ruled out the possibility.
What makes Bongbong as the replacement for BS Aquino III? Some people have been fed up about how BS Aquino has always mentioned his parents in his speeches, and how bitter he is with how his father was murdered in 1983. Bongbong, on the other hand, barely ever mentions his father and mother, and does not express bitterness with how their family has been persecuted ever since their ouster in 1986.
I am proud of what my father has achieved. But I will not get anywhere by just basking in his glory.
-Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. during the 2010 campaign
In his 2010 Senatorial campaign, Bongbong used what he achieved as Congressman and Governor of Ilocos Norte. He rarely mentions his parents and their achievements, unless he is asked about them. Besides the Marcos surname, Bongbong has emerged as the exact opposite to Noynoy Aquino.
So, if the people are really fed up with how BS Aquino has run the country, then it is not far-fetched that the masses will once again turn to a Marcos in hopes of escaping the yellow spell. The same way in how some of the people turned to an Aquino after expressing their dissatisfaction over the 1965-1986 Marcos rule.