Noynoy visits Payatas and Tondo—cutting Erap’s territory in half?

September 12, 2009 § 1 Comment

Senator Noynoy Aquino just visited two of former president Joseph Estrada’s known political territories—Payatas in Quezon City and Tondo in Manila. These two are symbols of Philippine poverty. Whenever we talk about poverty here in this country, we always say that it’s either Tondo or Payatas or both.

Many observers feel that the next target of the Liberal Party seems to be Joseph Estrada. They want the former president to abandon his plans of running for the presidency in 2010. Insiders over at the Liberal says that Makati mayor Jejomar Binay is willing to broker the deal between the two sides.

Tondo and Payatas are Erap’s traditional bailiwicks. During the 1998 elections, Erap got most of the votes here. And when he went out of office in 2001, most of those who tried to raid Malacanang came from these two areas.

Now, if Noynoy thinks that he can just barge in there and take whatever he wants to take, that, for me, is a tall order. Erap has build a sizeable constituency in those places and it would be very hard for Noynoy to break that hold.

I still believe though, that Noynoy and his party can still convince Erap to withdraw provided that (1) they show a credible survey which proves that the people really want Noynoy to run and (2) that, if and when Noynoy runs, he’ll continue the legacy of Erap by forming a coalition government.

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