Actor Fernando Poe, Jr. finally announced his candidacy at noon today. It ended months of anxious speculations on his plans. FPJ said in his press conference, “Sa buhay ng isang tao dumarating ang araw na kailangang mong mag-desisyon at ito ang araw na ‘yon. Ako ay lalahok sa eleksyon para sa pagkapangulo.”
Poe’s supporters say he is a clean candidate, untainted by the corruption and scandals that are common fare in the Philippines’ turbulent democracy. But investors have also expressed concern about his close ties to the camp of Joseph Estrada, another movie actor whose presidency collapsed under corruption allegations in January 2001. The May polls will now likely turn into a race between Poe, Arroyo, former education secretary Raul Roco and former police chief Panfilo Lacson. — ABS-CBNNews.com
Oh, on another note, here is Senator Barbers, also announcing his availability as Arroyo’s vice-presidential running-mate. I was right. Now I have to wait for the rest of Arroyo’s cabinet members to make declarations. Here we go! Circus 2004.