Villar’s rejection of GMA makes kiss of death tag a phenomenon
The rejection of the party leaders of Nacionalista Party to have Senator Manuel Villar as possible candidate of the ruling Lakas-Kampi-CMD party has made the “kiss of death” tag on President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo a political phenomenon.
“The kiss of death tag on President Arroyo has become a political phenomenon enough to convince other members of Lakas-Kampi-CMD to jump ship and struggle for their own survival,” said Fernando Hicap, chair of the leftist fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya).
“The NP’s rejection of GMA and Lakas-Kampi-CMD offer to be their presidential candidate in 2010 is a wise political decision. Accepting such offer is like accepting a death certificate from Malacanang,” added Hicap.
But Hicap said the rejection of Palace would be offer for Villar to be the administration’s presidential candidate should come from the Senator himself to affirm the statements made by his party mate Senator Allan Peter Cayetano and party spokesman Gilbert Remulla.
“It should be Villar who should tell GMA that he does not want her and her political machinery and resources,” he said.
The Pamalakaya leader said GMA’s kiss of death was first tested during the 2007 senatorial elections, where only a handful out the 12 senatorial candidates of Team Unity struggled hard to gain senatorial seats referring to Senators Joker Arroyo and Juan Miguel Zubiri.
The Pamalakaya leader said Palace propagandists and political operators like party secretary general and Arroyo’s political adviser Gabriel Claudio are trying to downplay the rejection and make it appear that Lakas-Kampi meerger party remains a dominant major party.
“The problem is nobody wants to be associated with this party anymore. Majority of the politicians identified with the pro-Arroyo bloc are busy conducting discreet talks with all anti-GMA forces in the name of their political survival,” said Hicap.
Rumors persist that the ruling coalition might adopt Villar as its presidential standard bearer for 2010 after a straw vote held last month revealed that most of the party members prefer the NP presidential bet to be the administration’s candidate too for the 2010 presidential derby.#