People voting (Courtesy of PhilStar.com).
Election is just around the corner. However, before & during every campaign, there are a lot of issues involving electoral fraud, notably the vote misreadings, vote buying and misinformation, the top 3 methods for people to vote for the wrong candidates. Vote misreading is a way of manipulating the results, notably exchanging results of, for example, 2 mayoral candidates. Vote buying is a way of buying someone’s vote for a candidate to win and is paid through money. Misinformation is a way of giving rumors to people about a candidate, urging them to vote for the other candidate, and is done through text and PM.
Political dynasties are one of the issues here in the Philippines. Political families control a particular city and/or province. They may not die, but they may probably multiply in the next terms. Examples are Ynareses of Rizal, Binays of Makati, and Ejecrcitos of San Juan & Laguna. As stated in Article II, Section 26 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution, “The State shall guarantee equal access to opportunities for public service, and prohibit political dynasties as may be defined by law.” Nonetheless, this rule was never followed in some provinces & towns because of Oligarchy, causing corruption in this government.
I’ll be sharing my opinions about some happenings related to election.
Recently, I received 2 text messages spreading rumors about Antipolo Mayor Nilo Leyble and his wrongdoings, which might make people decide to vote for Leyble’s opponent, Rizal Gov. Jun Ynares.
Takot pala talaga si Nilo Leyble kay Dok Jun Ynares. Sa debate sa Katedral, pinabastos ni Leyble si Dok Jun Ynares sa mga taga-sigaw at tagapag patugtog ng jingle sa laki ng takot na madinig ng tao ang katotohanan. Pakiusap ng pari hindi pinakinggan, simbahan hindi ginalang. Style mo Nilo Bulok!
From Dok Jun Ynares: Wala pang tatangaling empleyado ng Antipolo City Hall sa aking panunungkulang. Tanging ang unang ginang na si Menchie Leyble at 27 relatives lang pa ni Nilo Leyble na nasa payroll ng Antipolo ang iimbestigahan kung legal ang employment at pagpapasuweldo ng taumbayan.
For those who received text scams like these, don’t believe in those. They will probably ruin a candidate’s image, especially. Besides, Leyble has done quite a good job in Antipolo and there’s nothing wrong about him. And if Ynares wins this election as Mayor, he’d be probably gaining more control in Antipolo. 2 Ynareses (Binangonan Mayor and Rizal Governor) are enough. Why add 1 or 2 more for every city? In other words, why should Ynares run for Antipolo mayor? Just to control the Entire Rizal under control and/or suck up the money of every Rizaleno? This also applies to all communities as well. Politics isn’t family business. Say NO to political dynasty.
Senatorial candidate Nancy Binay is one of the trending candidates this elections. Why vote for her just because her dad (Jojo Binay) is the Vice President? She doesn’t even have a background in politics, but just a PA of his dad. Besides, her siblings, Junjun (Makati Mayor) & Abigail (Makati Congresswoman), are way better than her. Risa Hontiveros has done a lot more than Binay. She should’ve started as a councilor instead. Don’t vote for a candidate because of his/her known surname. Instead, vote for a candidate who has a good background & has contributed a lot for this country.
The Manila campaign gets rougher this election. It’s Erap vs. Lim. Fred Lim has served Manila as Mayor for the past 4 terms and, according to some gathered info, he has done a lot to make Manila more disciplined, not to mention his Limsanity meme. Erap, although he’s more known in the showbiz industry, had done a good job when he was Mayor of San Juan, leaving that city clean, with little squatters (someone told me before that Erap used to transfer the squatters to a land in what is now the southwest part of Taytay, Rizal). Now, after Erap resigned from Presidency for plundering, leaving this country corrupt, over a decade ago, he’s trying to gain back his power by running for President last term. However, he lost. Now, he’s running once again, but this time for Mayor of Manila, where he was born. For me, I doubt that, if he wins, he’d do the same as what he had done when he was Mayor of San Juan. He may be like what he did when he was President. I doubt that Erap will win, Lim will still win this election. Once a person falls down from power because of a big mistake, it will be hard for him to gain it back.
Ironically, Erap & his running mate, Isko Moreno, are part of the showbiz industry. Speaking of Vice Mayors, based on an article that I read about Political Stars, if you thought Isko is the only actor running for Vice Mayor in Manila, think again. Lou Velasco, his opponent & Lim’s running mate, is also an actor. Actors, actresses & other people from the showbiz industry have the right to dedicate in Public Service.
To wrap things up, for me, voting may be like taking an exam. You just have to choose the right candidate for a particular seat. Don’t cheat. Don’t deal with vote buying and misinformation. It is you to decide on whom to vote & hope what’s best for the country. So, this election, VOTE WISELY.