Consolidation of power is 2019 elections agenda: analyst
MANILA- Consolidating power within the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is the real agenda in the upcoming midterm elections, a political analyst said Friday.
Doing so lessens the challenges of the administration in pushing for its campaign promises such as federalism, Institute for Political and Economic Reform executive director Ramon Casiple explained.
"The key point in this election is to consolidate the power so that for the rest of term of the administration in office, there will not be much challenge," he told ANC's "Early Edition."
"Those candidates that will support federalism will be the priority," he added.
To succeed in its agenda, Casiple said the Duterte administration should be able to field a full 12-man Senate ticket.
Duterte's political party PDP-Laban, however, has yet to announce its full Senatorial slate even as the filing of the certificates of candidacy began Thursday.
Casiple said this shows that there are a lot of ongoing backdoor negotiations among groups that are allied with the President.
"If you want to consolidate power especially in the Congress level, you need to have that one slate and in fact this is difficult, you have to win them all," he added.
While Duterte's popularity is still "sustained," Casiple said the chief executive is facing the challenge of accommodating the different interests of his allies.
"He (Duterte) has to accommodate on one hand so many interests, at the same time he has to discipline others," he said.