Is PH presidency written in one's name?
MANILA - Does your name have the letters EL, OS, or ON?
If it's a 'yes,' you may have what it takes to become the president of the Philippines, according to a veteran political analyst.
During a forum Friday on the 2016 presidential elections organized by the Center for Philippine Futuristics Studies and Management Inc., Antonio Gatmaitan cited this coincidence after reviewing the names of all Philippine presidents since the Commonwealth era.
According to Gatmaitan, whose presentation was read by his daughter, presidential wannabes whose names have the letters EL, OS, or ON have a good shot at winning the presidency.
He called his forecast the "Uncanny Prediction: The ELOSON Story."
"Any presidential candidate who has an EL, OS, or ON in their name can win the presidency," according to Gatmaitan, executive director of the Political Economic Applied Research (PEAR) Foundation.
He took note of the fact that the current and former presidents of the Philippines all have either an EL, OS, or ON in their names except for one--former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
- ManuEL QuezON
- Sergio OSmeña
- ManuEL Roxas
- ELpidio Quirino
- RamON Magsaysay
- CarlOS Garcia
- DiOSdado Macapagal
- Ferdinand MarcOS
- CorazON Aquino
- FidEL RamOS
- JOSeph Estrada
- Gloria Macapagal Arroyo - none
- Benigno SimeON Aquino III
Mrs. Arroyo, however, had to face serious doubts about her legitimacy due to the 'Hello, Garci' election scandal. The late Fernando 'Ronnie' Poe Jr.--whose nickname has the letters ON--filed an electoral protest against Mrs. Arroyo, citing electoral fraud.
Veteran journalist Vergel Santos, meanwhile, believes the so-called ELOSON story of Gatmaitan can be easily explained by the law of probability.
Santos, who was one of the reactors to Gatmaitan's presentation, said that "[chances are] we always have that in our names."
"Believe me, it can be explained by the law of probability, the law that favors the phonetic and linguistic structure of Filipino names," he said.
Gil Santos, the president and trustee of the Center for Philippine Futuristics Studies and Management Inc., who served as the moderator during the forum, believes that Gatmaitan's forecast is "both science and myth."