SEOUL, S. KOREA. The first SWS post-August 5 survey has come in. The key Luzon battleground–the Pangasinan-Quezon corridor–gave him 50% of the votes. It is a formidable lead over Villar, Erap, and the other presidentiables.
It only confirmed what presidentiables fear and Malacañang suspected–Noynoy Aquino is the candidate to beat. Reform candidates are re-forming behind him while traditional ones either re-train their guns or try to scramble behind his bandwagon.
As the window for presidential candidates to finalize their candidacies closes in the next two weeks, the hitherto conventional strategies are all in shambles. New strategies will have to be made by all, dictated by Noynoy’s unconventional nomination to presidential candidacy.
Like the unpredictable and tense Demilitarized Zone here in Korea, the presidential campaign in the Philippines is an unpredictable battleground–littered with political mines and sudden bursts of campaign artillery.