If you’re the type who goes for the bandwagon, go ahead, vote for Bongbong Marcos.
Tired of all the issues being thrown at the son of the dictator? By all means, pick BBM.
You prefer him over the rest because he is being backed by Sara Duterte? Then put him back in Malacañang.
We are not by any stretch of the imagination preventing anyone from doing so.
But before you do, consider the consequences of your vote. Think of the possible scenarios.
A BBM presidency, as most political observers see, could mean only two things: He could either be a vengeful leader out to chase all those who have hounded his family for all imaginable reasons.
Or he could be a healing president with a rare opportunity to take this country back to greatness as envisioned by his late father.
Whichever path he chooses, it will not be an easy one.
For one, it sure would be the most challenged presidency in Philippine history with street protests hounding it and creating chaos all over. Congress, should he fail to muster enough support, could act as a big stumbling block to his priority legislations.
It will all, of course, depend on which path he takes. We all know the heavy baggage the Marcos name brings. For sure, the Pinklawans and the DDS trolls in our midst will not take things sitting down. He will have to be always on his toes. The issues raised against him and his family will definitely hound him all over, and may affect his decisions.
With so much hatred, hypocrisy and bigotry directed toward his family, he may be forced to use extrajudicial means to get things done, exactly the same path taken by his father.
There are still over six months to go to reconsider your decisions before the May 2022 elections.
For a generation of Filipinos, the memories of martial law declared by his father and namesake are still raw. No amount of deodorizing and revisionism could alter the fact that this moment in history ushered an era of repression, which eventually led to his father’s ouster in 1986.
But this reaction to the Marcos name is not shared by the younger generation of Filipinos who may count a great deal at the polling booths.
Marcos apologists can argue that the sins of the father cannot be attributed to the son, making the whole thing a moral issue.
Ultimately, however, Bongbong is unlikely to escape the long shadow of his father. He will have to act on his own once he gets elected.
Should he decide to play the electorate’s desire for a strong leader and prove President Duterte wrong, he only has to look in the direction of the present tenant in Malacañang to achieve the desired result. He has already indicated that he would continue Duterte’s controversial drug war despite the cynicism of many who believe he doesn’t have what it takes to accomplish the feat.
Before the turn of events that put a chasm between him and Duterte, Bongbong has positioned himself as a continuity candidate, adopting the same policies and methods of the incumbent. We just wonder if he will still do that after the President himself has publicly criticized him as a weak leader.
If there’s one man who could rightfully claim the continuity candidate tag, it’s no other than the President’s anointed, Senator Bong Go, the former presidential aide who has vowed to continue the economic measures and programs started by his erstwhile benefactor.
Go also assured he would focus on restoring the robustness of the country’s economy in his first 100 days in office.
If you’re the type who’s disheartened by the baggage Marcos brings, you can probably take a look at the other contenders in the field. There’s plenty to choose from.
But for sure, two Bongs, are not necessarily better than one.