My presidential bets are always destined to lose. In the 1992 presidential election, I voted for the nationalist and a leading opposition figure of the Marcos era, Jovy Salonga, because I believed that none is more honorable and upright to lead the country at the time. But Mr. Salonga’s race was hampered by a couple of obstructions, his rejection of the RP-US Bases Treaty and, his oldageness. Even so, I couldn’t waste my vote on the other hopefuls. Mr. Salonga placed second to the last.
Six years later, I found myself again facing the slate full of trapos and loonies. Much easier to pick this time because of one traditional politician who is a cut above the rest: Raul Roco, resolute and a thinking class. In that 1998 election, the citizenry was so blinded by the charisma of Erap Estrada that they handed him the post by an avalanche. And Mr. Roco, fell two slots short.
Then came the 2004 election which could have been Senator Roco’s shining moment if not for his recurring bout with the big C. It was a lost cause,but I maintained my support and belief to the man and cast my futile vote for him nevertheless even if it would mean casting it to the wind.
Come this May polls, my flash goes to the man with a passion for public service and who, MIGHT just bring change and overhaul our banana republic, but, as expected, and as the surveys says, is way way down below–Dick Gordon. There will be no compromise. Can’t sell me those political ads, won’t count on family, party or religious affiliations and won’t nibble on those campaign bulls. So, unless my manok’s survey standings gain ground and democracy works, it’s going to be another sequel to my balloting blues.
Nuff said. Here’s something to moon over to before the May elections. Think people think. (from a certain “Sony”)
Election time is here again. Many of you will shrug this off as another of those futile exercise that we as a dysfunctional nation go through.
Let me tell you, THIS TIME IT IS DIFFERENT. IF we make it so. Why?
1. This is the FIRST TIME THAT IT IS AUTOMATED: COMPLETE WITH FINGERPRINTS (BIOMETRICS). Naysayers talk of loopholes. But one thing is sure: Cheating will certainly be cut down (no ghost voters, no carbon papers, etc…)now. I say, first time. The next time around,some smart-pinoys will know how to go around it. Then cheating begins to accelerate again. WE HAVE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS FIRST AUTOMATED ELECTION.
2. We are now in a precarious situation: World financial crisis, Ondoy, Pepeng, Mt. Mayon, especially the pervasive apathy etc… We are slowly trudging to our doom. If we do not elect a good president this time, we will spiral down this pit. But, if we elect a good president, there is a big chance that we can rise up very quickly too. That is, if the next president will know how to position our country in the current world crisis.
3. There are more alternative media: more social networks,SMS/GMS and information is much much more accessible than before.
4. We have better choices (of candidates) now. Believe me! We do have a GOOD CHOICE!
MY APPEAL TO THE EDUCATED FILIPINOS WHO HAVE MORE ACCESS TO INFORMATION IS THIS: We must vote for the MOST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE TO LEAD us. AND we must CONVINCE all people within our circle of influence to vote for our choice! We, the educated people of our land should pave the way for our next president. Not the artista’s, singers, paid-media persons and other personalities. PLEASE! WE DO THIS CORNY THING EVEN JUST THIS ONCE.
1. Be objective! Examine the candidates well. WITHOUT biases you know, surveys, benefits that you’ll gain when he’s president (for your business or careers–Pls., esp. not this! kaya naghihika-us tayo eh.), party-affiliations, strategic voting, etc… Here are some links that might start you out:
by GMA (audio)
by ANC (video)
by Carlos Romulo Foundation presidential policy debate on Jan 14. (will send the links of recorded video if i can find one)
Che-Che Lazaro did a comprehensive interview of the candidates in alphabetical order. (You may also search for the interviews of candidates in the search box of probetv):
2. Do a background check on your chosen candidate: Google search, I think will do. Check allegations, counter allegations etc… (Allotted time: please do this fast! by next month: February: you should be sure of your candidate)
3. Once you are sure of your candidate, convince your household members, drivers, yaya, extended families, friends, etc… I think, our words are more credible and I hope we be relentless in convincing die-hards who are already stuck with an unsuitable candidate.
4. Go out and Vote this May (If you can). And if possible volunteer as a pollwatcher. Calling esp. the IT/computer geeks: please study the automated election well. If you see any prob., you can text/FB/e-mail etc… so we be aware what to watch out for.
5. Please pass this e-mail to all Pinoys out there.
Thank you very much.
May we rise to be a great nation once again.
God bless the Philippines!