Monday, May 10, 2010
The rise and fall of Manny Villar
WHAT HAPPENED? How did he go from the candidate to beat a year ago to a measly third place now (as of 11 p.m., May 10), trailing behind even Erap Estrada? The count's not over yet, of course, but it looks more and more as if Manny Villar will lose. How did that happen? Care to share your thoughts? I have my own, but I'd like to hear yours first--because I believe that, more than the likelihood of Noynoy Aquino winning the presidency, the biggest story of this campaign will turn out to be how the candidate with the greatest advantage--a stirring life story, a sleekly packaged campaign, the biggest sum ever spent yet on a local presidential run--could still register this big a loss. How did he manage to squander the enormous headstart he had and lose all that in a matter of a few months? Where did he go wrong, and what does his defeat say--about his campaign, about us the electorate, about the man himself, or at least the persona he presented to voters? Manny Villar's is the more compelling story, because he had the biggest reason NOT to lose. Years from now, people will still be talking about how he dropped the ball--despite his billions. Or perhaps because of them? Well, what do you think?