MANILA, Philippines – Rappler talked to Senator Sergio “Serge” Osmeña III. In political circles, Osmeña is also known as the “kingmaker.”
The senator is well-known for his understanding of election surveys and numbers. In the past, he chose to support candidates he believes in, lending his expertise to their campaigns. For the May 2013 senatorial elections, Osmeña supported former Akbayan Rep Risa Hontiveros and former senator Jun Magsaysay. Both lost the race for the same reason, says Osmeña: neither stuck to their message. Reacting to the loss, he added, “Campaigining is a very simple thing. The first thing you do is determine what you’re going to tell the people to make them want to vote for you. That’s your message. If your message is wrong or not credible to you, you’re already off.” (READ: Serge: Jun Magsaysay, Risa Hontiveros lost for same reason)
It’s advice aspiring presidential candidates for the 2016 elections can use. As early as March of 2014, news of the presidential elections began to buzz in local media with Vice President Jejomar Binay and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano both expressing interest in the position. (READ: Binay party: Same personality, new brand, Cayetano eyes 2016 presidency, forms team)
The veteran senator shared his insights on recent developments and his thoughts on what voters can expect two years from now.
Osmeña is also vocal about his criticisms on the handling of the energy shortage in Yolanda-hit areas, also talked to Rappler about his views on the Aquino presidency. In a press briefing on March 13, 2014, the senator spoke about President Benigno Aquino III saying, “He’s a very poor manager, we know that. He’s a good man but he’s an awful manager.” (READ: Osmeña: Aquino, Petilla ‘awful managers’)
Watch the interview above. – Rappler.com