Mayor Rody’s “triangle offense”: classic Sun Tzu strategy

If you remember Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, you will also remember the famous triangle offense designed by their coach, Phil Jackson.

This strategy that won the Bulls six NBA championship trophies came to mind once more as I contemplated on the series of moves made by the brilliant political grandmaster, Mayor Rody Roa Duterte.

Until the last minute, the opposition was bewildered by the series of feints made by President Duterte, always unsure about where he was taking the political chess game.

On Saturday, his communications Secretary Martin Andanar said he would be filing his COC for Vice President. Senator Bong Go filed his COC for President.

Everybody waited with bated breath until the last two minutes. when it was finally announced the President was filing his candidacy as Senator.

By fielding Senator Bong Go, President Duterte was sending a message to the opposition that he wasn’t taking their disqualification case against Bongbong Marcos lightly. SBG’s candidacy was a safety valve, an insurance, against such a possibility.

President Duterte knows that SBG faces an uphill battle with his candidacy, what with the tidal wave of support rising for BBM.

But it is a brilliant sacrifice move to shield the administration, just in case.

Hence, with President Duterte joining the Senate race, his daughter Mayor Inday Sara running for Vice President, and SBG as the second pro-Duterte candidate, a perfect TRIANGLE OFFENSE has been put into effect.

Those who reacted rather violently to the President’s seemingly disoriented moves did not see the trap he was laying down. The opposition was hoping he would run for VP and use the issue of a family feud against the administration.

Little did they know that they were being taken for a ride.President Duterte knew that for his trap to be credible, he had to give the opposition something to bite and chew to distract them from the real goal.

With SBG in the race, the PDP-Laban machinery will get to work and build support for him. It is a classic “squeeze play” that will effectively isolate Vice President Leni Robredo. Down the line, the battle will likely be between BBM and SBG, with Marcos enjoying an edge with his extreme massbase support. What is important is that this strategy will reduce the opposition to smithereens.

Now it’s too late to do anything to get out of the trap.President Duterte has secured victory without firing a single shot.Classic Sun Tzu.

About Manuel "Boy" Mejorada
Manuel "Boy" Mejorada is a journalist and social media activist. A former Iloilo provincial administrator, he is now waging a crusade against corruption and narco-politics.

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