Mendoza: Why MVP is not biting the bait in POC-A A +A
Saturday, October 20, 2012
THE way I see it, Manny V. Pangilinan (MVP) is just being consistent.
He wants his so-called allies to come out in the open before he lays down his cards on the table.
Good generals are like that. They always want to be sure with every move they make.
Good gamblers are also like that. They always want to cover all angles first because they say, “All in.”
And the good thing more with MVP is, besides being both an adroit general and a shrewd gambler, he’s got a slew of smart lieutenants helping him study the landscape with the meticulousness of secret service agents out to always whisk the President out of harm’s way at the slightest hint of danger.
Among them are Ricky Vargas, Ramoncito Fernandez and Pato Gregorio.
Such has been, still is, the work ethic and disposition of MVP.
I say this again in light of screams from the gallery that MVP runs for president of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) next month.
If he so decides, MVP will be up against a formidable foe in Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr., the President’s first-degree uncle besides being the POC boss the last eight years.
Formidable because mainly, Peping, being the incumbent, has the clear numbers to steal another victory for another four-year term all the way to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
By numbers, I mean the votes that would make Peping defeat MVP.
It is those numbers—many of them at least—that some quarters are saying “are quietly” in favor of MVP should MVP heeds the cry of the madding crowd.
MVP, though, isn’t biting the bait. N’yet. He’s listening to his lieutenants: The “quiet” supporters must come out and declare their allegiance to MVP.
The 2008 election result has been consistently cited: Art Macapagal lost despite being assured of a win by his “quiet supporters.” Despite being the brother of the then sitting president of the republic, Art lost to Peping—by one vote.
Thus, no open support for MVP before the election, no MVP in next month’s election.
MVP knows his history. And his lieutenants, too.
P.S. A.J. Banal by knockout today. Otherwise, I’ll buy Tony Aldeguer beer at Rockwell Makati.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 20, 2012.