One’s Constant Ally in Philippine Politics

We are a country deeply divided not really by political beliefs or ideologies but that of vested interests.

Our country has not been spared of endless political bickering, even after the Presidential Elections concluded less than a year ago. Anti-Liberal party groups have consolidated their forces and now rallies behind the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte while the Liberal Party have absorbed significant losses in number and support as it continues to find a strong figure to lead the opposition bloc. The February 25 rallies both in EDSA Shrine and Luneta only prove the large disparity in political beliefs, ideologies and preferences between the two contending groups. To add fuel to the fire, the first impeachment complaint against President Duterte was filed by Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, who is a known ally of Sen. Sonny Trillanes. While the demarcation lines today have clearly been distinguished by current political circumstances, political alliances and coalitions are bound to change in the event of a big political stand, during/after the midterm elections and a year before the next Presidential Elections. As they say, “there are no permanent friendships in politics but only permanent interests.”

We are a country deeply divided not really by political beliefs or ideologies but that of vested interests. It is not to say that these interests are always perverted but these interests are borne from an individual or group’s wanting for power and influence. Political coalitions are formed usually out of convenience and broken out of despair for survival. Political friendships normally begin with power sharing and end due to power grabbing. Even political families would even fight it out amongst themselves because of their deeply entrenched interests.

The desire for political power spares no friendships, relationships, kinships and even families. There are no boundaries as to what an individual or group could do in order to attain political power. Some are even consumed to a point of subjecting their rivals/opponents to death in this constant battle for influence. We may have probably heard or seen for ourselves members of political families shooting each other to death in the provinces.

The cycle of political alliances and coalitions is constantly evolving and changing. Every secret you tell an ally today will become tomorrow’s news. Every strategy to maintain or grab power will be discovered by your opponent/rival in the next day.
It is never bad to be extra cautious. At the end of the day, with our political interests bared and exposed, expect to be an ally of no one but yourself.

About the Author
Mr. Aaron Benedict De Leon is currently a Business Development Practitioner in a private consulting firm. He has more than six years of professional experience in leading and managing political and non-government organizations, specializing in organizational management, policy development and program management. He has had stints with notable political/socio-civic organizations, serving in various capacities as: Secretary-General of the Centrist Democratic Party of the Philippines (CDP) [2013-2015], Founding Chairperson of the Centrist Democratic Youth Association of the Philippines (CDYAP) [2012-2014], Philippine Representative to the International Young Democrat Union (IYDU) [2011-2012], Chairperson of the Christian Democratic Youth [2011-2012], Secretary-General of YOUTH Philippines [2010-2011], and Spokesperson/Communications Director of the GT2010 Gilbert Teodoro Presidential Campaign [2009-2010].
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