Who benefits from Bong Go’s withdrawal?

(1st UPDATE) Members of the supposedly dominant PDP-Laban are left without a standard-bearer

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12/4/2021 2:52:00 PM

For observers and analysts, Senator Bong Go ’s decision to withdraw from the 2022 presidential race could mean a lot of things. PHVote WeDecide

(1st UPDATE) Members of the supposedly dominant PDP-Laban are left without a standard-bearer

. Go was nominated to run for president by the ruling Cusi-led PDP-Laban faction but on October 2, filed for the vice presidency instead. Days later, he withdrew that candidacy and filed for president via substitution under Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan (PDDS), leaving the supposed dominant party with no standard-bearer for 2022. 

Citing his family’s concerns, Duterte’s age, and his personal discontent over a presidential run, Go said he was “sacrificing” and backing out of the presidential race instead.While it was unclear what Go was sacrificing – he gets to finish a Senate term, which ends in 2025 yet – Colmenares saw the candidacy of the president’s personal aide as a mere “leverage” in the “crumbling Duterte-Marcos alliance,” referring to the President and the Marcos clan. 

The late deposed dictator’s son and namesake, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., is running for president alongside Duterte’s daughter, Davao Mayor Sara Duterte. The older Duterte has repeatedly expressed dislike over thetandem, going so far as blaming the team up on Marcos.  headtopics.com

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But it’s Marcos who might just benefit from Go’s withdrawal, said Bayan’s Renato Reyes. “Bong Go’s withdrawal from the presidential race is an attempt to avert the split of the Duterte-Marcos alliance in 2022. The withdrawal of course benefits Bongbong Marcos and Sara Duterte,” he said in a separate statement.

Political analyst Aries Arugay, speaking during a panel on ANC’s After The Fact, saw Go’s withdrawal as one less barrier towards a “Solid North and Solid South” voting bloc, referring to the Marcos bailiwick in the Ilocos region and the Duterte clan’s strength in Mindanao and parts of the Visayas.

This consolidation of command votes, said Arugay, is an “existential threat” to the true opposition.2022 scenariosColmenares, still reflecting on Go’s announcement, said: “May this serve as a warning to all politicians who will seek anointment from the President and his family in 2022.” 

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The pitfalls of a Duterte alliance is something Colmenares and the Makabayan bloc know all too well. They supported Duterte’s 2016 campaign and would later join the House “supermajority” of Duterte allies. Key personalities from the progressive bloc were among Duterte’s first Cabinet appointees.  headtopics.com

Trouble between Makabayan and Duterte started shortly soon after – Duterte allowed a hero’s burial for the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, peace talks with the Left failed, and the President did nothing when Makabayan-backed Cabinet appointees were rejected by the Commission on Appointments. 

AMarcos-Duterte allianceis shaping up to be a leading force in 2022. Sara Duterte is running under Lakas-CMD, while Marcos is the standard-bearer of Partido Federal ng Pilipinas. 

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Duterte nudges Go after withdrawal: 'Ano ba talaga, Bong?'President Duterte couldn’t help but put his longtime aide and friend, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on the spot Thursday night, Dec. 2, after the latter withdrew his presidential bid for next year. READ: Aaaaawwww So sad si tatay. LQ na ba? Baka nmn ibang bong yan!

Supporters urge Bong Go to continue presidential bidLOOK: Supporters of 2022 presidential aspirant Sen. Christopher 'Bong' Go gather in front of the Commission on Elections headquarters in Intramuros, Manila as they urge him to pursue his candidacy, on Thursday.

No 'Plan B' yet: Party still hopeful Go reconsiders 2022 withdrawalThe party that fielded Senator Bong Go as its standard bearer for the 2022 polls is not looking at other options yet despite his withdrawal from the presidential race. Nagpapapigil pa yata amputah wala namang pake mga tao sa kanya Ganyan ata talaga pag incompetent drama lang ang alam. Ala kaming pake hahaha. He’s becoming an irrelevant person in politics because wla naman sya ginawa kundi maging julalay ni duterte sayang ang pasweldo sa kanya. So wala ng kumakagat sa drama nila. Sila-sila lang 😝

Duterte nudges Go after withdrawal: 'Ano ba talaga, Bong?'President Duterte couldn’t help but put his longtime aide and friend, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on the spot Thursday night, Dec. 2, after the latter withdrew his presidential bid for next year. READ: Aaaaawwww So sad si tatay. LQ na ba? Baka nmn ibang bong yan!

Supporters urge Bong Go to continue presidential bidLOOK: Supporters of 2022 presidential aspirant Sen. Christopher 'Bong' Go gather in front of the Commission on Elections headquarters in Intramuros, Manila as they urge him to pursue his candidacy, on Thursday.

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