Harry Roque's former law partner posts a want ad for the opposition. A coalition he says. Today is August 16. Barely a month a half left before the filing of certificates of candidacy for May 2022 election. Butuyan describes the Duterte administration as a
political black hole which thrives on intimidation and fear. He would like his readers to believe we are in a tyrannical authoritarian dictatorship. What is ironic is he doesn't seem to see the writing on the proverbial political party wall. There is an opposition coalition but
it's not focused on Leni Robredo. For all intents and purposes, Isko Moreno is the opposition's standard-bearer. This had been tipped off to GRP but we couldn't come out with it because we don't burn our sources and he would've been easily identified as the source. It remains to
be seen if he will get his wish that Grace Poe will be his running mate. But for all intents and purposes, taking into account the recent statements of the 1Samabayan convenors, Yelorme is it. Isko also has the support of the Reds by way of his stint at the DSWD where he was
influenced by Judy Taguiwalo and Noel Leyco. But what are his chances given his glass ceiling is low? Isko is in the top five in the Presidential surveys but at this point, high numbers are actually a disadvantage in his case. His weaknesses will only start showing in the debates
and there is also the issue if being identified with the Yellows and Reds. Aksyon Demokratiko isn't exactly the ideal vehicle but there isn't much of a choice anymore since all the others have decided to align with the administration and the Liberal Party is all but dead. Isko
also faces the challenge posed by the NPC-Reporma coalition which actually presents the strongest challenge to the administration in terms of experience and machinery. Aksyon Demokratiko also met with NPC-Reporma but obviously the groundwork had been laid for Isko's transfer
which rendered the discussions moot. Lito Banayo is their campaign manager. For sure he will come up with the packaging needed by their slate but Isko's number one weakness is experience. He hasn't been in public service that long and hasn't won a national post. The voters will
see through this when the campaign goes into high gear. The debates will have the most impact on the public because that's when the strengths and weaknesses of the candidates will be on full display. Imagine how Isko will fare when up against Ping Lacson, Sara Duterte and BBM,
should there be a split in the administration coalition. Can he hold his own against these more experienced public officials? Harvard and Oxford leadership courses look good on paper but what counts the most is actual experience which is a working knowledge of government
bureaucracy. There is also the added risk of the opposition being split as well if Robredo forces the issue and runs for President. She will take votes away from Isko specifically. But who knows? Anything is still possible with the fluid political environment. But at present,
Lacson and Sotto present the voters with the better alternative to the opposition. Aksyon Demokratiko was only formed in 2004. The NPC has been in existence since 1992. Reporma was also organized in 2004 but it counts on the support of retired AFP officers and enlisted men among
its ranks. That is a solid voting base considering Lacson has done much to advance the cause of AFP soldiers and that of other government uniformed personnel such as those serving in the Coast Guard, the BJMP and the BFP. Isko has much ground to cover after he finally declares
his candidacy if he wants to become a serious contender. But he may still fall short despite his efforts because he is simply too green for the job.

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