The long wait is over.
A SOURCE says Davao City mayor Rody Duterte is filing his Certificate of Candidacy (CoC) for the presidency tomorrow, October 15. Liberal party presidential candidate Mar Roxas will file in the morning, while Grace Poe-Llamanzares will submit her CoC in the afternoon. Sources say Duterte will file his, in the afternoon, a few hours before Llamanzares.
Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago will file her CoC on Friday morning. She will then proclaim her "partnership" with Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., who earlier filed his CoC for the vice presidency.
Duterte, considered a possible game changer, brings with him the reputation of a leader with a "no nonsense approach" in dealing with public issues, the very same image Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago brings to the table. This appeals to a broad number of young voters who think and believe that the government should be led by strong willed individuals to effect the Rule of Law.
A group of businessmen earlier announced that they would contribute and raise 1 billion pesos to fund the campaign of Duterte. It is uncertain where Senator Santiago will get her funds to finance her presidential campaign.
Santiago came bursting forth in the limelight after reporting licking her "cancer". She was diagnosed with a stage 4 cancer, which, according to medical experts, means she has a 20% chance of surviving the dreaded disease.
Meanwhile, Duterte has dilly-dallied for the longest time, even announcing several days ago of his intention not to run for the presidency. What made up his mind is still a mystery.
With Duterte really campaigning for the presidency, will this mean that he will get Bongbong as his running mate? Sources denied this. It seems like Santiago will probably pair with Bongbong.
Duterte will bring with him a full slate of senatorial bets, mostly coming from the PDP-Laban and several other organisations.
The thing here is this---what made Duterte change his frickle mind? One suggested that it is probably a part of the plan to campaign not for the presidency but for Federalism--a form of government that Duterte has been actively campaigning for acceptance for the past few years. It seems that Duterte will use the presidential run as a platform to communicate the Federalism line.
Another source says, PDP-Laban will field another candidate and Duterte will become a substitute before December.