(Note: This post reflects my personal process in shortlisting my candidates and assessing them. I am sharing it since so many have been asking me what my own stand is. This is where I am as of today. My assessments can still change depending on circumstances or events up to May 9. This does not necessarily reflect the sentiment of my other colleagues in BlogWatch.)
I am glad the 2016 elections have leveled up. For the first time, the Commission on Elections mandated debates for both President and Vice President positions. Even senatorial candidates had the chance to debate each other. Platforms and issues suddenly were at the forefront of discussions. In a sense, that set a precedent for future elections – less and less of those inane jingles and more of these healthy, platform- and issue-based discussions.
Here I am, just a few days away from voting, and I still have no President firmly in my mind. It’s disconcerting, considering that I am an active citizen advocate, constantly engaging with these public servants, interviewing some of them. Still, I look at the 5 presidential candidates and have no default choice. If I am this undecided, how much more difficult must it be for other citizens who are not as engaged as I am?
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