Former House Speaker Bebot Alvarez
By Junex Doronio
MANILA — Amid rumors that the opposition is in disarray with the possible dropping out of Vice President Leni Robredo from the presidential race next year, a possible tandem of former House Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez and Vice Mayors League of the Philippines (VLMP) executive vice president Democrito “Aljun” Diamante is now shaping up as an “alternative” tandem.
Some political analysts said the Alvarez-Diamante will also be a “force to reckon with” as the Davao del Norte congressman has a large following in Mindanao while the Tuburan, Cebu vice mayor has command votes from the Visayas.
Alvarez earlier said his new party Reporma will focus on “voter education” on who will be the country’s rightful president.
He neither confirmed nor deny rumors that he himself wants to run for president.
But Alvarez recently frowned on the prospects that billionaires Ramon S. Ang and former Senate President Manny Villar may run for president next year.
“Let me be frank and honest about this. Para sa akin kapag malaking negosyante ka na, siguro tama na. Mahirap kapag naglagay tayo ng pangulo na malaki ang business interest sa ating bansa. Baka mamaya ‘yung buong Pilipinas eh negosyo na niya. That is very dangerous. I do not personally subscribe sa idea na ‘yun,” Alvarez said.
On the other hand, Diamante, an influential Cebuano politician, may take the place of the late general Danny Lim who was urged to run for vice president by some progressive political operators before his unexpected demise. (AI/MTVN)