19 January 2007

Of horns national and local

ARBET of AWBHoldings.com neatly summed up the horns of dilemma that voters will face in the coming May elections. I have said my piece why I think the opposition needs to revisit its slate in a two-days-and-running exchange with John Marzan, which I am finding most enjoyable -- the absence of internet connection at home and the bogged down service at work notwithstanding.

In fact, the last comment I made this morning ended with a wish for statesmanship from Erap -- unlikely to be granted -- that will help destroy the "Erap vs. GMA" frame that the administration has foisted on the opposition. And because that will not probably happen, I find myself firmly in agreement with Oliver's arguments in favor of a putative "third force".

But the administration too has its own horns to contend with, deep within its ranks. For instance, the latest issue of Bicol Mail is not yet online, but its printed version already came out this morning. One of its most interesting articles -- although buried in page 3 -- concerns a manifesto being circulated in the province from the administration alliance between Rep. Luis Villafuerte (2nd district), Felix Alfelor, Jr. (3rd district), Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya, Jr. (formerly of 1st district) and the carpetbagging presidential son Diosdado "Dato" Arroyo (who is being positioned to replace Andaya).

The manifesto is disowning Villafuerte's son L-Ray, the incumbent Camarines sur governor whose reelection bid will no longer be supported by the alliance. Why it came about is explained by this previous post. And the banner article in the Mail's Bikol section says: "GMA iyo an maresolver sa conflicto sa politica kan mag-amang Villafuerte." And when the issue gets online, make sure to read Joe Perez's column entitled "Kronos."


Arbet said...

I can't believe this! Father willingly killing (figuratively, of course) his son politically! Stranger than the telebasuras we're used to!

Willy B. Prilles, Jr. said...

The joke going around here is that the elder Villafuerte has apparently run out of politicians to quarrel with, so he has to make do with his son.:)

dave (",) said...

And so the plot thickens... Strange that this conflict has to go all the way up to the Palace, albeit the tangential (I am assuming in good faith here) involvement of a presidential son.