Betting the future: What if?” was first published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer on May 7, 2016. (Pilipino version: “Pagsugal sa Kinabukasan: Ano kaya?“)

By this time, you may already have decided on your presidential candidate. Business schools recommend asking one final question to confirm or counter a decision: What if I am wrong?

Indeed, what if recent revelations about your candidate are true? What are the risks of electing this candidate?

Following his charges of unreported income and misdeclared statements of assets, liabilities and net worth, Sen. Antonio Trillanes has filed a plunder case against Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for ghost employees, thus advancing the narrative that Duterte may be both a human rights violator and corrupt. Unusually, Sen. Alan Cayetano, who has pursued Vice President Jejomar Binay for corruption, is silent, finding himself now paired with the patriarch of “the Binays of Davao.

The last presidential debate, held in Dagupan, added little information on Duterte’s plans for realizing his extravagant promises. Adversaries spared him further grilling on his “Dapat ang mayor ang mauna” comment on the rape of an Australian missionary, which did say something about his views on the perks of public office.

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Edilberto de Jesus
Edilberto de Jesus is a former Secretary of Education. He is also professor emeritus at the Asian Institute of Management.