Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte will have a smoother ride to victory in 2016 if he decides to run in vice presidential derby rather than in the race to Malacanang.
Duterte may also not be picked by major political parties as standard bearer making a presidential run a rough route to take.
The administration Liberal Party (LP) of President Benigno Aquino has already anointed Interior Secretary Mar Roxas as its bet for the top post; while the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) of former President Joseph Estrada is fielding Vice President Jejomar Binay. Duterte will be shooting at the moon if he runs as presidential bet of any lesser political party.
The Aquino party is still mum on Roxas’ running mate; UNA’s potential vice presidential candidates senators Bong Revilla and Jinggoy Estrada both banged their political coffins with death nails with their involvement in the scandalous Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam, and are presently incarcerated over multi-billion-peso charges of plunder and graft.
Duterte’s chances as a vice presidential bet grows bigger if he pitches camp with Aquino’s party and run as Roxas’ running mate.
The above scenarios are sweeping Davao City as Roxas last week visited Davao City to discuss security matters with Duterte.
Reportedly Roxas and Duterte also discussed politics and the 2016 elections in a close-door meeting.
Duterte did not divulge subject of their talks but speculations are flying high that Roxas offered Duterte to be his running mate.