Voter registration for the 2016 national and local elections may have just began early this month, but the jockeying for votes is already underway. Take a look at Senator Alan Peter Cayetano.
Cayetano won his second term last year, getting the third highest number of votes in that election cycle. He’s not been shy about his plans to run for president for 2016. A member of the Nacionalista Party, he is married to Taguig City Mayor Laarni “Lani” Lopez-Cayetano.
In recent days, the local government of Taguig City has been running television advertisements extolling the city as an ideal place for investors. Watch it below:
The 30-second spot begins with Senator Cayetano proclaiming “Sa Taguig, bawal ang corrupt kaya bigay todo ang biyaya. Masaya ang bawat pamilya!”
Then, the next part highlights the city’s public education system, specifically the scholarship program for deserving students as well as job assistance program for graduates.
Then, an elderly woman gleefully notes that free medicines from the government are delivered to her home, to which someone reacts and says “Pwede pala!” (It’s possible!)
Another woman then notes that the city’s low tax rates for small businesses is enabling her to earn more. Senator Cayetano closes the ad by repeating his opening spiel. It’s only then that the words “Invest in Taguig” appears.
In reality, the ad should have been titled “Invest in Alan Cayetano.” His wife, the city’s mayor, only appears during the 0:08 mark of the ad. She can be seen handling diplomas to students, but did not have a speaking part during the 30-second spot. This will naturally strengthen perceptions that Senator Cayetano is really the one running the show in Taguig City.
Borrowing a page from Binay’s playbook?
Second, this ad is essentially a rip-off of the “Ganito Kami sa Makati” series of TV ads that aired back in 2009. The ads, which prominently features then-Mayor Jejomar Binay, uses the catchphrase “Ganito kami sa Makati, ganito sana sa buong bayan.” Watch it below:
Of course, Binay frequently cited his experience in stewarding Makati City, a former municipality and now the country’s financial capital, during his successful run for Vice President.
Cayetano is apparently exploring if a similar story line will work for him even though he in reality has little experience in local governance. He was a municipal councilor from 1995 to 1998 before representing Taguig-Pateros in the House of Representatives from 1998 to 2007.
You see, Cayetano may dislike Binay for claiming Bonifacio Global City, but he’s definitely imitating his campaign style.