Two years after losing the Vice Presidential elections, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. comes back home to the Philippines, ready to go to work. He had taken a month off to rest his head before the grueling campaign season. The 2019 midyear election is in nine months, and he is ready to get back into his pre-loss political shape. He is about to launch his campaign for senator under President Rodrigo Duterte's PDP-Laban, the party he joined after persuasive discussions with his family, close allies and the President himself.
Two years of an extensive work partnership had brought President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo very close to each other. Duterte, a self-proclaimed "lover of women", had always publicly praised the Vice President, both in her work professionally and aesthetically. However, he has always denied that he found himself drawn to her in any way, citing that he is contented with seeing her as a political ally. But after two years of closely working with her, as much as he did not want to admit it, that may no longer be the case.
Leni Robredo, two years in her post as both Vice President and Chair of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, found herself in perfect peace and happiness. But in the coming months, she is about to find herself in uncharted territory: between two men, both powerful, both persuasive, both domineering, racing to sweep her off of her feet. But a woman as confident and as independent as her will not fall down without a fight.
The following is a portrait of the tempestuous world of politics, so much so that even the best of us are vulnerable to its baleful winds.
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