and they’re off

today marks the first “official” day of the election campaign. while we have been overly bombarded in the past months of political advertisements and various gimmicks intended for name recall, it is only now that they are given the go signal to actively campaign round the country. goodness only knows how many people have LSS of nakaligo ka na ba sa dagat ng basura since around christmastime. i want to bang my head every time i find myself humming it. of course i’m not supporting manny villar but the tune is indeed very catchy. even kids know it. hubby’s nieces has been singing this to us over the phone. arrggghhhh!

oh well, the good thing is, we have the chance of getting glimpses of the kind of platforms these people intend to lay on the people. strategies abound on how to best appeal to the mercy or the innermost emotions of people. although there is a little injustice on how the “little” or “humble” politicians could not do the same if they cannot afford to throw away that much money only to have your face grace every household between tv shows. the unfairness of it all. the purported man with humble beginnings as a fish vendor has been said to have spent more than P50 billion since the latter part of 2009 to kick off his campaign. if he had only given a million to each pinoy in the middle and lower brackets of our society, wouldn’t we have been uplifted somehow? and to give away houses and lots on a noontime show? tsk tsk. how low can you go? it’s like buying the presidency. and that the filipino people can be bought just like that.

others employ different tactics, albeit not with the same shamelessness because they have lesser money to spend anyway, but with the same atrocity.

erap had the guts to use “kung may erap may ginhawa”. and that is after he has blatantly squandered people’s money, been caught, been found guilty, been “jailed” on house arrest, and been pardoned. if he wins, i think many would think of committing suicide. if the so-called masses would once again triumph, and vote because of ignorance, the philippines would be the biggest laughingstock EVER. let’s have mercy on ourselves.

i would vote for noynoy because i know his reputation is untarnished, and that he is really a man of principle. ( i just hope he doesn’t put kris aquino on his cabinet or one of his advisors). but he does need to prove himself. fast. he needs to convince people of his competence. and he needs to put the lid on his sister’s mouth who may prove to be his undoing, much like she is a speck on her mother’s record.

i would also think of voting for gibo. he has shown brillance beyond doubt. he may have seemed off the radar before but in the few months since the administration’s party has endorsed his presidency, i could see a light beyond the tunnel for the filipinos. but i know that he owes a lot to the current administration. and that’s a scary thing if we think about how he would repay his debts of gratitude. two words: money and power.

we can forget the others. they would just tend to tip a little of the scale without making the slightest dent. jamby is a circus act. bro. eddie hasn’t learned his lesson, and will once again embark on a futile campaign. gordon and binay may have proven themselves in their respective turfs, but the philippines is too big for them.

people need to vote wisely. i have exercised my right to suffrage in all national and local elections since the day i turned 18 in 2007. i hope my one vote matters. if i could have my way, voting rights should be given proportionately to those who pay taxes. since tax payers fund our national budget, they are the true stakeholders of this country. this may sound discriminating, but really, those that keep on producing children that end up on the streets while they smoke, drink and gamble their butts off instead of getting their asses to make decent living for their families should not be allowed to cast votes. they are unproductive members of our communities, and they continue to be burdens on the pockets of hardworking citizens. if only they have the will to take care of their families, they wouldn’t be in the state where they are now–living in gutters, being pickpockets and hold uppers, spending on drugs whenever they could lay their hands on something.

oops, getting off topic here. my point is just that, we shouldn’t get carried away by sweet words and flowery presentations nor catchy tunes. we must get to the bottom of their plans for their country. and as always, think and vote wisely! we have suffered too much and too long already. let us vote for the leader that we truly deserve.

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