The time nears for the current presidential race to take a firm shape. With the deadline for the filing of the certificate of candidacy moved up to November 30, 2009, the timetable for the decision to finally run for presidency (and vice-presidency) is about to end in June 2009. Beyond this month, there may not be enough time or resources left to have a serious go at the post.
Several factors go into this timetable. One, of course, is the Comelec deadline dictated by the electoral calendar. Two, the Congress recess provides the opportunity for candidates to consult their constituency and local leaders. Three, big backers and financiers will also be making their own decisions at about this time.
It is in this light that various recent political news such as the ending of Congressman’s Villafuerte’s charter-change quest, the impending “merger” of Lakas and Kampi, former president Estrada’s interest in running again, and Sen. Villar’s case can be interpreted as part of this end-process towards producing a viable presidential candidacy.
The next few weeks will certainly produce more drama and a glimpse into the upcoming presidential battle royale.