According to political analyst Ramon Casiple and political strategist Armand Dean Nocum, it seems that the possible candidates are pursuing the last-minute strategy.
But they said the hint should stop, and those who want to run should formally announce and introduce themselves to the public.
“Panahon na maglitaw ang kandidato. Wala nang oras. Nage-expect na ako by end of this month… dapat magkaroon na tayo ng totoong kampanya. Naging uso ang last minute eh, taktika na ‘yan pero nagsimula na ang election season ngayon, obligado ka na magpakilala,” said Casiple.
“Dapat lumitaw na sila. Ngayon nga too late na. Dapat end of this month na para ma-declare na nila, to their advantage to come forward na talaga,” said Nocum.
The two also think that the candidates still seem to be observed because of the possibility that the presidential daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, will run against them.
“Kasi si Mayor Sara, she has the resources and backing ng tatay niya… Ang reading namin diyan masyado malakas si Mayor Sara, nag-iisip (‘yong iba) kung may chance talaga,” said Nocum.
2022 election candidates must now introduce themselves to public: experts
“Given na malakas ang administrasyon, eh delikado ‘yon. Given kaya siguro tumatagal, walang nagsasabi,” said Casiple.
The presidential daughter had earlier said last week that she had no plans to run for the presidency.
On Saturday, 1Sambayan released the list of those they wanted to support the presidency and vice president.
These include Vice President Leni Robredo, former senator Antonio Trillanes, Sen. Grace Poe, CIBAC Party-List Rep. Eddie Villanueva, human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, and Batangas Rep. Vilma Santos-Recto.
But immediately after that, Poe, Santos-Recto, Villanueva, and Diokno immediately said they were not interested in running.
In October, the certificate of candidacy for those who want to run in next year’s elections is scheduled.