Trapos and Star power – Vilma Santos or Willie Revillame for Vice-President?

This afternoon, my classmates in Retorika class met to plan for our simulated seminar for our Finals exam come October. The chosen main topic is about the 2010 elections.

A sub-topic would be a run down of all the aspiring presidential candidates namely:

  • Noynoy Aquino
  • Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro
  • Manny Villar
  • Joseph Estrada
  • Chiz Escudero/Loren Legarda
  • Nicanor Perlas

Not included in the list are the ones who have already withdrawn from the 2010 race and those whom we deemed as already out of the race even before they could file their Certificate of Candidacy.

Naturally, the next thing we did was to complete the list by including each Presidential aspirant’s chosen or targeted Vice-Presidential candidate.

  • Noynoy Aquino – Mar Roxas
  • Joseph Estrada – Jejomar Binay
  • Chiz Escudero/Loren Legarda vice versa
  • Nicanor Perlas – ???
  • Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro – Ronnie Puno or Vilma Santos
  • Manny Villar – Pia Cayetano or Noli de Castro or Willie Revillame

Of course the crowd favorites were Noynoy Aquino and Chiz Escudero. Our distaste for the Arroyo administration has led us to easily ignore Gibo Teodoro though we agreed on the cautionary note that amongst the Presidential hopefuls, he has the most noteworthy track record.

Manny Villar lags in our preliminary opinion poll simply because we think he is a true-blue “trapo”.

However, Gibo and Villar’s choices of VPs were really interesting and elicited the most giggles and jokes from our group.

We’ve heard of rumors and reports that Lakas is wooing Vilma Santos into running as Teodoro’s VP. So much for Ronnie Puno? And perhaps this is the reason why Vilma Santos has just released a new movie which co-stars two of the most popular young actors today: Luis Manzano and John Lloyd Cruz.

As for Villar’s supposed option of picking Papi Willie Revillame as his Veep, I think it’s just a ploy to consolidate Villar’s popularity among OWFs since Revillame has a loyal following of Filipino expats. Though I’d like to believe that OFWs are amongst the most discerning and intelligent voters we currently have.

Either way, here you see the classical ‘politics of personality‘ being played out by who else? Candidates who are simply unpopular and have been tagged by the people as ‘trapos‘.

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