With no presidential bet of his own, Duterte seeks to spoil everyone’s game

President Duterte seeks to regain control of the 2022 race the way he knows how: by throwing accusations and creating a ruckus

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1/29/2022 6:13:00 AM

President Duterte seeks to regain control of the 2022 race the way he knows how: by throwing accusations and creating a ruckus. PHVote WeDecide Read this in-depth piece by piaranada.

President Duterte seeks to regain control of the 2022 race the way he knows how: by throwing accusations and creating a ruckus

“The thing with a president having no endorsed candidate is that it gives him room to conduct negative campaigning against all the candidates without receiving the negative backlash…. He can do it with impunity because there will be no consequences because he did not endorse anyone,” said Arugay.

no one to endorseIn the 2016 elections, Benigno Aquino III actively campaigned for his chosen one, Manuel Roxas II. In 2010, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo endorsed her defense secretary Gilbert Teodoro. In 1998, Fidel Ramos vouched for his party mate and then-House speaker Jose de Venecia Jr. In 1992, Corazon Aquino gave her blessing to her defense secretary Ramos.

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Am I alone is smelling his plan? He will endorse Marcos, and then have his cronies at Comelec disqualify Marcos after he wins. Sara will be the next President. Hindi naman fireworks. Watusi lang. Tawag Dyan papansin...really, it's oatheti. He's like a child craving for attention. “Pambansang Chismoso” in Depth Piece of Pia Ranada? hahahhaha. Kelan natutuo mag isip ng malalim si Fake News Maker. what a clown

ito dapat ang kina cancel . vote for honesty, transparency and accountability paulsoriano1017 COMELEC ABSCBNNews gmanews cnnphilippines TV5manila dzrhnews rowena_guanzon this is the proof, resibo ng katotohanan. Absent sa COMELEC hearing dahil naka isolate na daw 'ISOLATE', pero nasa taping the next day Jan. 8? Filipinos deserve an answer now!

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piaranada Let he who sinneth not cast the first stone! Dirty politics from dirty Harry - a loser's strategy. piaranada Wahahahaha nagwawala na yung tatang nyong senile piaranada Kuya duts ng Capamella chanel vs kuya boy or girl. piaranada alangan nman hindi nya pa gamitin yung powers nya para ipanalo anak nya. gusto nya nga isulong yung extension ng 6 years ng presidency

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Even Cabinet members 'clueless' about Duterte's expose' on presidential candidates --- NogralesNograles made the statement after Duterte said early this week that he would soon reveal some dirt on the presidential aspirants in the May 2022 polls. you see, matindi parin syang makatawag pansin, me blind item pa syang pinaguusapan😉😉

Moreno: Marcos, Robredo to only 'take revenge' against opponents if they winPresidential hopeful and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno said his rivals Bongbong Marcos and Vice President Leni Robredo would only seek revenge against their political enemies if they win in the May elections. Thats true … PNoy Style at Duterte Trying hard to be relevant. wow, so ikaw na? 🤮

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“liar” ), and Panfilo Lacson (“Are you honest?”). As for Vice President Leni Robredo, she’s been the subject of his rants and misogynistic teasing since the early days of his presidency. What will be different about his next accusations about presidential bets is they will be made by a sitting president who has not endorsed any candidate. “The thing with a president having no endorsed candidate is that it gives him room to conduct negative campaigning against all the candidates without receiving the negative backlash…. He can do it with impunity because there will be no consequences because he did not endorse anyone,” said Arugay. Duterte’s past accusations were made when there was still a chance either his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte or his right-hand man Senator Bong Go would run for president. But they both decided otherwise, leaving Duterte with no one to endorse . In past elections, the sitting president always had a dog in the fight. In this way, they could actively participate in the process of electing their successor. In the 2016 elections, Benigno Aquino III actively campaigned for his chosen one, Manuel Roxas II. In 2010, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo endorsed her defense secretary Gilbert Teodoro. In 1998, Fidel Ramos vouched for his party mate and then-House speaker Jose de Venecia Jr. In 1992, Corazon Aquino gave her blessing to her defense secretary Ramos. The candidate endorsed by the president didn’t win most of the time, but at least it was clear to the public where the current president stood and where his or her loyalties lie. Duterte’s situation is unprecedented in post-EDSA Revolution elections.  Shut out by his failure to secure a successor to endorse, Duterte is nevertheless determined to influence this year’s biggest political event in the way he knows how: creating a ruckus. “The motive is to simply throw a monkey wrench to the entire competitive process that we are currently having,” said Arugay. “[Duterte] is a spoiler. In a way, it seems like the message he wants to convey is: what you have is a sorry bunch of applicants to the presidency.” Duterte on January 14 even teased that he’d become a noisy commentator during the next administration if a problematic candidate wins the presidency. “ Kung ito maging presidente, baka mapilitan ako araw-araw magyawyaw ,” he said. (If this person becomes president, I might be forced to rant every day.) In contrast, his predecessor, Aquino, promised he would refrain from making comments about Duterte’s presidency for one year to allow Duterte to adjust to the job. Not conventional strategy Duterte’s attacks against multiple presidential aspirants are unprecedented also perhaps because they’re not strategic. He admitted this himself last Monday, but tried to portray himself as someone forced to expose candidates’ faults for the good of the country. “ Wala talaga akong rason bakit maghanap pa ako ng kalaban. So ‘yan lang. Parang I am – ‘ tinutulak ako of my sense of – puwede rin magtahimik na lang ako para wala akong makalaban sa sunod maging presidente ,” said Duterte. (I don’t have a reason to look for an enemy. But I’m driven by a sense of – I could just keep quiet so the next president won’t be my enemy.) Certainly, the President is not blind to the looming shadow of the International Criminal Court investigation and all the cases he could face in relation to his drug war and his government’s pandemic contracts. His successor would have the power to pursue these cases or abandon them. While a conventional politician wouldn’t employ Duterte’s “destroy them all” strategy, Duterte knows only too well that backtracking and dramatic reversals are options always available to him. “He knows that, ‘I can say things now, but you’ve given me a lot of room before to contort, to change, to reverse, to contradict myself. Basta ako, sasabihin ko ‘yung gusto ko ngayon at bahala na siguro si Batman sa susunod ,’” said Arugay. (But I will say what I want now and leave what happens next to Batman.) Impact on candidates Given Duterte’s significant, albeit reduced, popularity, what he says about the candidates could influence votes, especially those of his die-hard supporters. Duterte would not be the only Philippine president to engage in negative campaigning. Aquino was critical of Duterte in the 2016 elections. But, unlike Aquino, Duterte has no Mar Roxas to defend, and he seems to be preparing for a free-for-all demolition job instead of strategically targeting specific candidates. Perhaps the aspirant biting their nails the most in dread of Duterte’s exposé is Isko Moreno, who has made it abundantly clear in the last few months that he would like the President’s endorsement . “The funny thing about courting is, if you don’t get it, it backfires. It has a boomerang effect because it somehow tells you that you’re not being taken seriously, like you’re a rejected applicant,” said Arugay. Banayo begs to differ, telling Rappler that Moreno is not “actively seeking” Duterte’s endorsement. But whatever claims Duterte throws into the presidential boxing ring could be used by the candidates themselves against their rivals. The unique thing about a presidential allegation is that candidates who use it for their ends can deflect backlash because they can easily say, “I didn’t make the accusation. The President did.” If Duterte’s claims are pure unfounded politicking, the biggest losers will be the Filipino people who will have more noise to block out if they are to make informed decisions in May. Then, again, Duterte’s “noise” could be just the thing to test the candidates’ mettle and reveal their true character. – with reports from Mara Cepeda and Jairo Bolledo/Rappler.com 2022 PH Elections - In-depth