Random Elections Thoughts (ver. 1)

I watched ABS-CBN’s special election feature “Harapan” last weekend.

10 random thoughts:

  1. My loudest laugh of the night was hearing Brother Eddie Villanueva merge the names of two spiritual icons into one name. Meet Mohammad Gandhi.
  2. Erap Estrada really cannot understand English well. It was a little bit sad watching him struggle to understand a simple question of one of the students. If I could only remember what question that was
  3. Noynoy is the fortunate beneficiary of the stellar and courageous reputations of his parents. He isn’t as ignorant of politics as I thought he was… but I still hold firm to my statement (since the death of Cory Aquino) that Noynoy is not Ninoy, nor will he ever be.
  4. But my fearless forecast is: he will win. My sentiments about this possible eventuality… his heart may be in the right place but the focus of his attentions seems to be elsewhere other than the more immediate and pressing problems of our country.
  5. Most Presidentiables right now (with the exception of Gibo Teodoro) seem to be single-mindedly focused on completely burying GMA six feet underground. Which begs the question: are any of them ever gonna take their eyes off GMA long enough to actually do their jobs and focus on what’s important?
  6. That conference confirmed my initial preference of voting for Gibo. Reading up on the platforms of the Presndentiables a few weeks ago through Cheche Lazaro’s documentary made me see back then that of all Presidentiables, he was the only one who (a) seemed to have a solid grasp of what it takes to run a country; (b) had a solid and clear platform; and (c) had his priorities straight. Most other candidates’ platforms were both unclear and essentially, non-existent. This latest coverage of ABS confirmed that Gibo indeed knew what he was talking about.
  7. But then it also got me to have doubts and second thoughts about voting for such a smooth-talking lawyer. Not that I don’t like lawyers. Sometimes, a person that intelligent could be quite dangerous. My husband seems to think though that in context of the political landscape of this country, he would more likely end up being a puppet.
  8. Manny Villar did not show up. Makes one wonder why. That was an important show, it got thousands of the voting public to talk about all that had transpired and all that was said in the show. He should not have missed it.
  9. Dick Gordon is another viable candidate. Personally, I also like Bayani Fernando. Call them hardcore traditional politicians – but at least they have integrity. If we’re talking about results, Dick Gordon has the clearest and most tangible results to boast of.
  10. Goodness. Every elections, we have nuisance candidates. JC delosReyes, Nicanor Perlas – who the hell are those??? I sometimes marvel at the infancy of our electoral process and how we comprehend the democratic process. It’s anyone’s right to run for office. But seriously now… that on earth makes them think they even have a chance in hell to win? Unless they decided to run for the simple reason that they wanted votes to be distributed between many different candidates. But what’s the point, and to what end??

As of this writing, I am still undecided about who to vote for. It’s still a toss-up between Gibo and Dick. Who knows though what else happens in the course of the next few months?


What is unusual for me though is that this is the first elections where I’ve really taken the effort to know the issues, have a stand on what issues I think need to be prioritized, and choose candidates not simply on the basis of their reputation but on their genuine capacity to make this country a better place.

It’s not just about a squeaky clean reputation and image. Sometimes, people with a squeaky clean image tells me that maybe they’re never willing to get their hands dirty and take risks that could potentially overturn a bad situation. This is not to condone immoral and unlawful acts. It’s about a presidentiable who can exercise resourcefulness. To think out-of-the-box (pardon me, I’m in the Communications business) and consider all possibilities, especially possibilities that no one else had ever considered – in finding solutions to this country’s problems. And this presidentiable should have guts of steel to withstand all the negative publicity and criticism that he will get from a citizenry and political opposition who won’t stop at nothing to bring him down for taking unusual risks or exercising what some would call – unpopular measures.

I think after decades of watching this country sink deeper in poverty as the days go by, desperate times calls for desperate measures. So next year, when I place my vote on that ballot, it will be with the desperate hope that whoever it is I’m voting for will win, and will do what he can to try to make things better for all of us.


4 Responses to Random Elections Thoughts (ver. 1)

  1. I suggest for us not to be carried away by the politicians’ gift of gab. Although Nick Perlas could have done better at the ABS-CBN forum, I think the format of the show itself worked to his disadvantage (Perlas needs a platform where he can directly engage/interact with the audience). Be that as it may, I’m sure Perlas will get better at this type of fora. For now, let us give him the benefit of the doubt and look into his accomplishments (I assure you that they are at par, if not surpass those of the other candidates) and what he has to say about issues which concern our country.

    About Nicanor ‘Nick’ Perlas: http://www.nicanor-perlas.com/About-Nicanor-Perlas/biography-nicanor-perlas.html

    Why He is a Running
    The Trap of Traditional Notions of “Winnability”, Part I http://www.nicanor-perlas.com/Articles-and-Editorials/the-trap-of-traditional.html

    Winning An Election the Non-Traditional Way –
    (Winnability Part 2)

    Learn more about him and what he has to say about certain issues at http://www.nicanor-perlas.com/Articles-and-Editorials/all-articles-of-nicanor-perlas.html

    Nicanor Perlas, among the candidates, is the only one who has a complete platform: http://www.nicanor-perlas.com/Nicanor/complete-platform2.html

    You yourself said it, that we should “choose candidates not simply on the basis of their reputation but on their genuine capacity to make this country a better place.” Please take the time to study Nick Perlas and what he is about — just give him a fair hearing — and who knows, you might have just found your candidate who, as you said, “can think out-of-the-box.” 🙂

  2. oysterhalfshell says:

    While I could count a number of nuisance candidates for the 2010 elections, many of them popular politicians and personalities, Nicanor Perlas is definitely NOT a nuisance candidate. You can check http://www.nicanorperlas.com for his work.

    Sometimes we fail to look beyond personality, popularity and winnability. Behind every candidate is the true story, more than what they say they are, beyond what media projects, and beyond public perception. My gauge is the life they lived behind all the glare and especially while no one was looking.

    I hope Filipinos make a conscious, well-informed and sincere decision on whom to vote for 2010. I also hope that they do so with full faith on the capacity of Filipinos and with real courage, so we can change the old, and embrace the new Philippines.

    Please visit http://www.nicanorperlas.com so you know who the hell he is. :o)

  3. wifeinthecity says:

    Thanks for sending me this link! I’ll read it carefully as part of my research too for next year’s elections. It makes me a bit sad realizing that most voters won’t go through the lengths to really make an educated and informed choice when they vote next year. Hard to imagine that the fate of the country will be decided based on who’s the most popular at that particular point in time.

  4. Ron says:

    After hearing the answers of all aspiring presidential candidates, I found-out that Gibo is the better candidate to run as president.

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