June 12 is the 111th celebration of Philippine Independence.
Quick, belated newsbit: Senator Panfilo Lacson, a strong front-runner, withdrew from the 2010 Presidential race Friday night.
Giving way to other opposition candidates? Nope. Lacson cited “financial problems” — or according to him, “extremely limited resources” — as one of the major reasons of his withdrawal from the race.
Some speculate that he was pressured to back off from the race after former police superintendent Cezar Mancao returned to the Philippines on the day before Lacson withdrew. Coincidence?
Others also believe that he was pressured to quit by either the Arroyo administration, or by the opposition bloc itself, maybe to prevent a repeat of the 2004 Presidential elections wherein Lacson unintentionally “prevented” an FPJ presidency by “splitting” the opposition votes between him and FPJ.
To read more about this, visit these sites:
- “Lacson withdraws from 2010 presidential race“, by Maila Ager and Thea Alberto of INQUIRER.net
- “Lacson’s presidential race withdrawal opposition’s gain”, by Dennis Carcamo from The Philippine STAR
Front-runners List Update (as of June 7):
Confirmed/Reported to run for President:
- Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay
- Vice President Noli de Castro
- Former President Joseph Estrada
- MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando
- Senator Loren Legarda
- Senator Mar Roxas
- Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro
- religious leader Bro. Eddie Villanueva
- Senator Manny Villar
Confirmed/Reported to run for Vice President:
- Senator Francis Pangilinan
- DILG Secretary Ronaldo Puno
- Quezon City Mayor Feliciano Belmonte
- Senator Francis Escudero
- Senator Richard Gordon
- Pampanga Governor Ed Panlilio
- Batangas Governor Vilma Santos
- TESDA Chairman Augusto Syjuco