elections

I am voting to keep the Senate as the last bastion of checks and balances

We are now less than a month away from the May 13 Philippine elections. There is now a frenzy of last-minute campaigning everywhere as candidates try to reach as many voters as they can within the remaining days of the official campaign period.

I found myself, these last few days, checking my tentative vote list. There were people on the administration’s ticket that I think deserved my vote. There were also people on the opposition’s list who I was iffy about.

What was my deal breaker? Given the current state of governance, what, in my view, was the priority that would determine who I should vote for?

Here’s how I came up with my present list of candidates and it is by no means final, given that we still have a little less than 4 weeks to go.

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2016 election trend: The VP and VP-wannabes getting more than the usual attention

These are interesting times we’re living in. An abundance of odd developments have happened recently, especially on matters related to the upcoming 2016 elections. One of the most noticeable among them is the way the vice-presidential post is taking center stage. Politicians associated with the VP-ship (current and prospective) are hogging the limelight (intentionally or unwittingly) and are becoming more aggressive.

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The All-Dumb phenomenon: From boo-boos to obtuse ideas, claims, and actions

The so called “Aldub” phenomenon is making its presence strongly felt from the streets to the digital world. Even if you’re a no boob tube fan, it’s difficult not to notice it. It’s everywhere that even those who don’t read or subscribe to local showbiz feeds may have had some form of exposure to the hype. It’s difficult to understand how the public is being so receptive to the, frankly, overplaying and overhyped AlDub tandem. Suddenly, it’s news that AlDub is being discussed in a UP class. Even a priest is claiming that AlDub offers lessons on true love. Seriously? To make matters worse, Eat Bulaga’s rival show, It’s Showtime, is trying to match AlDub with the hard-sell Pastillas Girl in the search for her Pastillas Boy.

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Dear Candidate

Dear Candidate:

It’s just a few days till we all trek to the precincts and cast our votes. I have this one last chance to address all of you, most of all those who will eventually get elected. And so I will use the power of the keyboard and social media in the hopes that my letter will be read by some….hopefully, all of you.

For the first time in many election periods, I am having great difficulty filling up the 12 slots for senator. Some people I know are saying there is a dearth of suitable candidates for the position. Maybe, maybe not. But one thing has definitely changed — I am now more choosy and discerning about who to vote for. And I am scrutinizing each and every one of you before making my choice.

I have already aired some of my voting criteria on social media so this letter will be different. I am addressing those of you who will get elected.

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