It is utterly disgusting that in the midst of the pandemic and the continued upsurge of cases and deaths due to Covid-19, some of our officials, those in power and those who want to be back in power, are now engaged in politicking even if the national election is still a year ahead.
Take a look at what is happening in Davao City, one of the country’s top Covid hotspots with rising number of cases and deaths. And yet politicians are now trooping to the city eager to be handpicked by Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio as her running mate in the 2022 election even if Inday Sara has not yet formally announced that she would run for president.
First to visit the mayor were the Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. and his elder sister, Senator Imee Marcos. They went there ostensibly to greet the lady mayor on her birthday. The Marcoses were coy in saying that there was no politics involved in their visit but Mayor Sara herself said later that it was inevitable that they talked politics.
This was followed by Atty. Gilbert Teodoro who came for a visit along with his beautiful wife, Monica “Nikki” Prieto Teodoro, billed as a friendly call. But when he returned to Manila Teodoro was honest enough to say that he is available as Mayor Duterte’s running mate.
This came about when almost everybody has forgotten who Teodoro is. People have to be reminded that Gibo was a former defense secretary and presidential candidate in the 2010 election under the Lakas-Kampi-CMD party of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
What is happening in Davao now is exactly a reprise of the days when President Duterte was still mulling the idea of running for president.
Bongbong Marcos was also there presenting himself as a possible running mate. But Duterte eventually chose Alan Peter Cayetano, who practically camped in Davao City, as his vice presidential candidate forcing Marcos to run as an independent.
History is now repeating itself. But with a difference: we are now in a pandemic that refuses to go away. Can our politicians not suspend their lust for power momentarily and help the government, in whatever form, in fighting this ruthless and deadly enemy? Can they not put their political ambitions in the backburner since the country is still facing its worst nightmare?
Mahiya naman kayo!