October 30, 2009, 4:20pm
The continued refusal of Vice President Manuel “Noli” De Castro to divulge any information as regards his future political plans has pushed him further from the presidency.
Right now, the first elected independent Vice President of the country is in a political limbo. Asked about his political plan, De Castro keeps mum and expresses interest only in queries regarding his job as Vice President and housing czar.
De Castro is also the concurrent head of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council and presidential adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers.
With the results of the latest vice presidential survey conducted by pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS) out, De Castro now trails Senator Manuel "Mar" Roxas II by a massive margin.
Roxas, preferred by 40 percent of the respondents, took the top spot among the three top choices to become vice president in 2010. De Castro and Sen. Legarda, rivals for the vice presidency in the 2004 polls, got 23 percent each.
Earlier, De Castro had been groomed as the administration’s standard-bearer since last year, but he was still mum on his political plans after Defense Secretary Gilberto C. Teodoro, Jr. was endorsed by leaders of the Lakas-Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-Kampi-CMD) last May.
De Castro could have been the strongest candidate of the ruling party for the 2010 presidential race since he has been doing well in the presidential surveys vis-a-vis the opposition bets, unlike Teodoro. (Roy Mabasa)