Villar and Roxas were two of the personalities typically a persistent approach as possible standard bearers of the United Opposition (UNO) in the 2010 election.
Chairman Bayani Fernando of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority was very vocal in his intention to run as the administration standard bearer. In the past months, the MMDA chief had been frequenting fiestas in the municipalities of Ilocos Norte and Iloilo, bringing with him the MMDA band and his personally acquired “Pink” bus. Mayor Jejomar Binay of Makati, hit him over giant tarpaulins scattered all over Metro Manila that indicated early campaigning.
Mayor Binay said that former president Joseph Estrada will be the opposition’s last option in 2010. Binay further clarified that the former President really wanted to have a single opposition candidate to assure victory in the 2010 presidential elections. Binay likewise echoed Estrada’s statement portraying Malacañang as being in a “state of panic” when it reminded the latter of his promise not to seek a political position in return for the pardon granted to him.
Malacanang really in “state of panic” President Arroyo together with her Department of Education Secretary Jesli Lapus, snubbed the Palarong Pambansa in Puerto Princesa City for the opening rites, where she was its guest of honor, was neverthelessl furiously angry when she discovered that Erap was tapped by Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward Hagedorn Jr. to be the Palaro guest for the closing rites. She promptly ordered Estrada to be stricken off as Palaro’s guest of honor, fearing that she would again be overshadowed by the former leader who remains very popular and is tipped as the political opposition’s strongest presidential candidate. Arroyo is shaking in fear over the reported candidacy of Estrada, considering that it has no candidate that can match the opposition
Estrada likewise had make it clear that his effort at present is to unite all the stakeholders in the opposition ranks, and hoped that they will attain their goal of fielding a single opposition candidate against the administration party. Many opposition stalwarts have signified their intention to run for president in the coming polls, but they face the prospect of running against each other and the administration’s candidate if no one of them will give way to a single opposition candidate.
Among the political personalities identified with the opposition who are getting favorable results in surveys include Senate President Manuel Villar and Senators Mar Roxas, Loren Legarda and Panfilo Lacson.
Arroyo is really so insecure when it comes to Erap, she really is afraid of him, knowing how popular and acceptable to the people he is despite his conviction by Gloria’s Sandiganbayan court. Erap is also very credible when he criticizes Mrs. Arroyo and her administration, and the more he talks, the more political support he gains. And she doesn’t like it at all. Mrs.Pidal didn’t like it either when, during Erap’s birthday, he gave away rice, sardines and other stuff to the poor in Tondo.
Erap has been consistently topping Arroyo in surveys with the incumbent president wallowing in the low negatives as various controversies, including the Joc-Joc Bolante/fertilizer scam, the “Hello Garci” scandal and lately, the ZTE-NBN deal, continue to hound her leadership.