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The Philippine Star : Absurd

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4 December 2021

By FIRST PERSON - Alex Magno | The Philippine Star

Our electoral politics this season is quickly turning from the comical to the absurd.

Last Thursday, supporters of Bong Go’s candidacy for president gathered at the Comelec headquarters, threatening to erect barricades to physically prevent the senator from formally filing his withdrawal from the race. They might have named their bizarre mobilization “Stop Go!”

When Go did not materialize that day, the head of that nondescript political party the senator filed his candidacy under claimed this happened because of his presence in the building. Is he telling us he might have bullied a senator of the Republic from doing the most ministerial of things?

The PDP-Laban, the party that distinguished itself for issuing statements when it does not need to do so, declared it was waiting for a “miracle.” The “miracle” involves Go changing his mind about quitting the race. However, Go is not running under PDP-Laban, so this should not matter to them.

PDP-Laban, or whatever is left of it, is merely echoing the despair of one Rodrigo Duterte who seems to be hoping his loyal aide will defy the laws of political gravity and levitate over the other candidates in this multi-sided race. It is wrong to await a “miracle.” What they really need is magic.

Bong Go bides his time. All he really wants to do is run across the barricades of those who profess to love him so that he can perform the menial chore of formally withdrawing his name from the ballot.

Those who profess to love him want to torture him by having him remain in his unsustainable candidacy. He should really return to the job taxpayers are paying him for: that of legislator.

There are enough quixotic candidacies afield. There are enough presidential pretenders pushing rocks up a steep slope. Bong Go will not be missed.

Bong Go bides his time. All he really wants to do is run across the barricades of those who profess to love him so that he can perform the menial chore of formally withdrawing his name from the ballot.

Those who profess to love him want to torture him by having him remain in his unsustainable candidacy. He should really return to the job taxpayers are paying him for: that of legislator.

There are enough quixotic candidacies afield. There are enough presidential pretenders pushing rocks up a steep slope. Bong Go will not be missed.