• It’s anybody’s game – analyst


    NOT one of the three presidential candidates – Manuel Roxas 2nd, Jejomar Binay and Grace Poe — can claim that he or she is stronger than the others because at this stage, it is hard to say who has the edge, a political analyst said Thursday.

    According to Professor Ramon Casiple, executive director of the Institute for Political and Electoral Reform, it is still difficult to say who among Poe, Roxas and Binay will win in the 2016 race.

    “We cannot say who among the three has an advantage because the situation is different. It is still anybody’s fight,” Casiple told The Manila Times.

    Unlike in the 2010 polls where then Senator Benigno Aquino 3rd managed to stay on top of the surveys from the time he declared his candidacy up to the day of the election, the 2016 elections is unpredictable.

    “Remember PNoy was not in the equation in 2010, and if it wasn’t for the passing away of his mother (Cory Aquino), nothing would have happened,” he said referring to President Aquino.

    Casiple said the 2016 presidential race may not just be contested by Poe, Binay and Roxas because there is still a month to go before the deadline of the filing of certificates of candidacy (COC).

    He noted that Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte are still considered possible presidential candidates and until the deadline lapses, they can still join the race.

    Casiple, however, admitted that the candidate with the biggest resources and core support will have an advantage next year.


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