30 March 2022

By Remate Online

FORGET the surveys. Never mind whose rally is bigger or who has been dumped by their own political party.

Because at the rate it is going, presidential frontrunner Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. is not only convincingly winning the battle of perception but also soundly beating his opponents in television intramurals barely 42 days before elections.

As if to underscore his dominance in every facet of this election, Marcos stamped his class in “The Deep Probe: The SMNI Presidential candidates Interview,” impressing the panelists with his emotional yet clear-cut answer to Prof. Clarita Carlos’ question on whether he was an “optimist or a pessimist, a high-risk or low-risk-taker, or if he was Machiavellian?

“I’m essentially an optimist. And the reason why I’m an optimist, especially when we talk about the country, I am optimistic because our biggest asset is the Filipino people. I try to be very objective about it ma’am, I have traveled around the world I have not met a better people than the Filipinos in every possible way, every possible way,” Marcos said emphatically, eliciting applause from the audience and even from Carlos, who is known to be a feisty and no-nonsense panelist.

On the question as to what extent is he a risk-taker, he said that “when it comes to national issues I tend to be a conservative only because a mistake would cost so much suffering for so many people.”

“In other words, you have to be very careful with the decisions you make and it’s not something that you do offhand,” he said, flicking his fingers to put emphasis.

Marcos explained that his conservatism lies in his belief that his plans for the country should work outright.

Declaring that there were “many Machiavellians in his life,” Marcos admitted that he is a Machiavellian and that “he has to be aware of everything that is going to help whatever it is that you are hoping to achieve.”

Carlos, obviously convinced with the response, thanked Marcos and invited him to visit the University of the Philippines to discuss with him the Operational Code Construct, something that she had never done before to other candidates.

The demeanor, the platform, the philosophy behind his desire to serve as President, and his amiable personality are just icings on the cake — because at the end of the day it is not hard to see that there are traces of his father in every move he makes and every word he says.

The Presidential Interviews ended in resounding applause, but what was transparent was that the panelists were pretty much convinced that they could be looking at the next President of the land.