Why Making the Right Choice in the 2016 Election is Crucial

bahaykuboThe nation needs to prepare early for the 2016 national election. It is a very important election because Filipinos will choose their leader for the next six years and their choice could either make or break the progressive streak that the incumbent administration has started.

Political pundits are in consensus that the Philippines needs another term or two of good governance in order to have a sustainable economic base that will propel it to prosperity.

The countdown to the 2016 Presidential election has begun. VP Binay has officially announced his presidential ambitions, dropped hints on who will be his possible running mates, started building a new party, and courted members for his coalition. Others have kept mum about their intentions. There is no doubt they are also working behind the scenes: organizing, bribing, favor trading, vote-buying, lining up celebrity endorsers and all the fun stuff that Filipino politicians do while waiting to unveil their election machine.

Enough of the Filipino political culture potshots, let us move to something positive like what the incumbent administration has accomplished so far.

The positive political, social and economic progress is earning the Philippines some global respect.

Good news about the Philippines is spreading around the world. The recent Mindanao peace agreement is a positive factor in how the world sees the Philippines. World opinion also lauded its decision of going to the world tribunal about the South Sea dispute with China. Its upgraded credit rating to investment grade based on “’robust economic performance,’ ongoing fiscal and debt consolidation, political stability and improved governance” is already attracting much-needed local and international capital as well as foreign investment inflows. The prepayment of the government’s foreign debt service looks good. The budget deficit for FY2013 is just 1.4% of the GDP. Furthermore, the Philippines has improved its ranking in several global economic indices.

The efforts to clean the government of dirty politics and corrupt officials have not gone unnoticed. Among 177 countries profiled by Transparency International, Philippines went from 105th in 2012 to 94th for 2013. On the scale of 0-100, 0 being corrupt and 100 being clean, the Philippines received a score of 36 as opposed to 32 the previous year. There is no doubt that as the corruption sweep continues, the Philippines’ ranking and scores will continue to ascend.

filLeaderWhoever replaces President Benigno Aquino III in 2016 has humongous shoes to fill. He or she will have to be able to continue making good policy decisions to hold on to the newfound positive global feedback.

The citizens of the Philippines have the duty and responsibility to choose the best presidential candidate in 2016. Superficial qualities such as personality and celebrity should be shunned. A new yardstick based on morals and principles should be the new norm in voting.

      10 Qualities to Look for in a Presidential Candidate

1. Integrity/ Honesty – Does your chosen candidate have a track record of being an honest person? Dishonest leaders had been voted into office before with great costs to the citizenry. Money stolen by a mendacious official is money earmarked for public infrastructures and services the citizens will never receive. A corrupt pilferer of government coffers should not receive any vote.

2. Ability to delegate – Has your pick demonstrated an executive ability to hire, supervise and monitor people? The president has the duty to pick and appoint upstanding people to the Executive Office of the President and the Cabinet. The government is a complex system with a lot of duties and responsibilities to its citizens that is dispensed through its various offices and departments. The President needs the ability to delegate, as he cannot do all the tasks needed to run a country by himself.

3. Confidence/Security– Does he/she exudes confidence and appears secure? A confident and secure leader has no problem believing and engaging others. He/she does not have the need for arrogance or feeling of superiority in order to convey his presence. As they say in the Southern US, “ If you have to tell someone you are a lady, chances are you’re not.” It is je ne sais quoi and someone with confidence and security radiates with it.

4. Communication Skills – Does he/she communicate his/her intentions effectively with people from all walks of life? Communication is done not only by speaking but also by listening. A good leader speaks in clear and concise manner and listens attentively. A good president will need communication skills to keep the citizens up-to date with the government’s performance, successes and failures as well as to find out what his constituents want or need from the government.

5. Sense of Humor / Positive Attitude – Does he/she smile a lot and not take himself/herself seriously? Is he/she able to diffuse a difficult situation by looking at its lighter side? A good-natured leader will often make better decisions, as he/she is not afraid to show his/her humanity in public.

6. Commitment/ Passion – Has he/she shown commitment and passion in her past jobs? Committed and passionate people make highly effective leaders, as they are tenacious and persistent. They will see to it that a goal is met and a vision is realized. Their focus and perseverance often pays off so betting on a committed and passionate candidate will likely yield positive results.

7. Ability to Inspire – Does he/she has achievements that motivate others to emulate? Is he/she sincere and forthright? The ability to inspire is an important quality, as people look up at the president as a role model. “Do what I say but don’t do what I do” will breed societal resistance and sanctimony.

8. Competence – Does he/she has the necessary skills, knowledge and abilities to govern a morally and fiscally insolvent country? A competent president does not need to be an expert in all theories and practices of public administration but he/she needs to be self-motivated and a fast learner.

9. Courage – Is he/she decisive and able to make tough calls when it’s needed? A courageous person is not fearless. He/she just has the ability to face fear, danger, pain, uncertainty, intimidation and other difficulties without warping or caving in. Calm self-assurance raises the level of confidence in one’s decisions.

10. Servanthood/Selflessness – Does he/she put people first as his/her priority? Does he/she eschew personal power and wealth building on the back of the masses? The president is still a public servant who is tasked to look after the well-being of the populace. He/she works for the citizenry and not the other way around.

The world is finally watching the Philippines closely and with great interest. Exercising the right to vote is a privilege as well as a great responsibility, especially in 2016. The future of the Philippines is in the 2016 voters’ court. If they do not drop the ball, the long-awaited tiger economy might be just around the corner.

Please choose wisely and vote responsibly.

57 Responses to “Why Making the Right Choice in the 2016 Election is Crucial”
  1. andrew lim says:

    I hasten to add that in view, quality no. 1 in your list is the deal breaker. If the candidate does not pass it, all the others are meaningless.

    Once cannot sacrifice integrity in exchange for managerial capabilities or intellect. As the late Sec. Jesse Robredo would say, ” Kailangan matino at mahusay. Pero yung pagiging mahusay, natutunan yon. Yung pagiging matino hindi yun natututunan.”

    Binay does not pass quality no.1.

  2. Tomas Gomez III says:

    Thank you, Juana. This is gospel. How to effectively translate these tenets of national discipline, a process of basic public education, is an apostolate and advocacy that rest upon the shoulders of the A ‘s, B’s and the C’s that must seek out very convincingly the voting D’s and E’s. who comprise almost completely the potential Binay bastion. There is a looming danger that Binay would exploit these numerically superior sector of our voting population into a frenzy that could be ignited into a deleterious and painful class war.

    We drop the ball and PNoy’s progressive achievements will be for naught.

    “The future of the Philippines is in the 2016 voters’ court,” indeed.

    • parengtony says:

      “the voting D’s and E’s. who comprise almost completely the potential Binay bastion…”

      IMHO, Senadora Grace will easily win this vote rich sector against Binay in 2016 by as much as 3 to 1. Insofar as the A, B, and C sectors are concerned, no one, not even Mar can come close to the Lady Senator, di po(e) ba?

      • Joe America says:

        I’d back Poe in a heartbeat, but she has to want the job. As long as she doesn’t, she is the wrong person for the job. It is not an easy job and it is not wise to elect someone who is hesitant. Someone like Mr. Aquino, I think, is the exception, and Mrs. Aquino was the rule.

    • Juana Pilipinas says:

      Thank you, Tomas.

      The problem is in reaching out to the population segment that need the edification most.

  3. Micha says:

    ” Its upgraded credit rating to investment grade based on “’robust economic performance,’ ongoing fiscal and debt consolidation, political stability and improved governance” is already attracting much-needed local and international capital as well as foreign investment inflows. The prepayment of the government’s foreign debt service looks good. The budget deficit for FY2013 is just 1.4% of the GDP.”

    A superficial and cursory reading of the quoted paragraph above would have given one the impression of a positive economic outlook for the country. However, I’m sorry to be saying this, what this picture of the economy portend is, on the contrary, more hardships and poverty. Why? Let me count the ways :

    1. Its upgraded credit rating to investment grade based on “’robust economic performance.

    Credit rating agencies like S&P, Moody’s, and Fitch had more recently taken a beating on credibility mainly because of their horrible judgment on junk sub-prime mortgage bonds in the US (they gave it a triple A) whereas their downgrade of both US and French treasuries were largely ignored by investors.

    2. ongoing fiscal and debt consolidation

    This is merely code word for austerity. And the verdict for suicidal policy of austerity measures in both the US and EU countries is that it is condemning 99% of its population to greater economic hardships because austerian policies are meant to benefit only the oligarch and the plutocrats.

    3. political stability and improved governance” is already attracting much-needed local and international capital as well as foreign investment inflows.

    Foreign investors do not descend on some poor third world country out of the generosity of their hearts; they are there to make a buck or, more precisely, huge piles of it and take it home with them or stash it away in the Bahamas or Virgin Islands. If that means exploiting the resources and cheap labor of their host country, hey, that’s what they came for in the first place..

    4. prepayment of the government’s foreign debt service looks good.

    What this means is continuing to burden the country of servicing the dollar debt accumulated over the years by kleptocratic regimes of Marcos, Estrada, and Arroyo. But more than that, it also means that our failure to acquire technical expertise in building infrastructures as basic as roads and airports and dams wherein we always rely on foreign consultants and experts will cripple our ability to join the ranks of truly independent and economically prosperous countries.

    5. The budget deficit for FY2013 is just 1.4% of the GDP

    Now this is one of those counter-intuitive subject that may really surprise a lot of folks in the same manner as that of quantum mechanical forces behaving in the sub-atomic world. Deficits are not horrible monsters that are being pictured in the conventional world of theo-classical economics. It is, on the contrary, a necessary feature, not a bug, of a growing economy. The greater the gov’t deficits, the better it is for the economy. Shrinking the deficits will also shrink the economy and will diminish the income and savings of the private sector.

    • Joe America says:

      I’ll let Juana respond to the content, but offer my thanks for the economic reality check.

    • Juana Pilipinas says:

      I am an optimistic person and I look at all those factors as a plus for the Philippines. It had been so long since the country had positive reviews from global economic critics that I can’t help but be happy about what I see as positive global positioning for the Philippines.

      One can interpret data according to their perception. As they say, if you gather a roomful of economists and ask them about an issue, they will each have their interpretation and will not agree to anything.

      I have to go to an important errand and I’ll be back to give you my positive view of the factors you enumerated.

      • Micha says:

        I too support President Aquino’s crusade on corruption and I wish his administration well in its remaining term. It’s in the economic front that he may have missed some very important opportunities.

        • Juana Pilipinas says:

          After the ravages (large foreign and local debts, thieving, etc. ) of the past administrations, it is not easy for the incumbent administration to right the sinking, leaking ship. She is plugging holes as fast as she can get the plugs and I think she is doing a good job. The infrastructure builds, the prepayment of debt service, the corruption fight, going after tax evaders, the balancing of budget through fiscal/debt consolidation are all steps towards a more stable, productive and prosperous nation.

          And to answer your concerns as promised:

          1. Most investors still look up the credit rating companies’ reviews of financial products before jumping on or off an investment train. It is true that their reputation had been tarnished because of the failed mortgage derivatives in the US but they are established institutions and they’ll be around for years to come.

          2. Philippines debt and fiscal consolidation differs from that of US and EU. PI is doing it while its economy is booming and US and EU did it while their economies are in recession. Big difference. Philippines is doing it with financial windfall while the EU and US did it by cutting the national budget to the quick.

          3. Agreed on your assessment of foreign investors but who wants to invest their money on a country that has unstable and corrupt governance? The credit rating companies quiet investors fear and that is usually enough to goad them into plunking their money on a third world country.

          4. PI prepaid its debt service instead of showing a surplus on its balance sheet for 2013. That is a good move that need commendation instead of condemnation in my book.

          5. Read #4 above. It is a good deficit because it went to debt repayment instead of being squandered in projects that will not bring return on investment.

          I think the Philippines, courtesy of the incumbent administration, is being smart for once in how it is handling its fiscal and foreign affairs. I’d say, let’s cut it some slack.

  4. Joseph-Ivo says:

    For me it’s all about LEADERSHIP.

    What? Some classical leadership skills:
    1. Vision and values (foremost),
    2. Power (as ability to change behavior),
    3. Charisma (to attract team members and to appeal to the electorate),
    4. Intelligence (IQ as such and political, governance, economic, social… knowledge),
    5. Situational interaction (situational awareness, humor, communication skills).

    How to assess?
    a. Intuitive
    b. Factual
    c. Peer group (party, colleagues, family… people are for a large part what their peers are)

    e.g.: Binay
    1. Vision and values: 1a negative, something tells me that he is an opportunist; 1b some positive as a lawyer in Marcos time, achievements, “modernity” in Makati; 1c very negative, linkage with crooks and criminals
    2. Power: 2a, 2b and 2c very possitive
    3. Charisma: 3a Does not work for me; 3b Appeals to a large majority of Filipinos. Has loyal collaborators too; 3c A lot of charisma by his celebrity mates
    4. Intelligence: 4a Very high; 4b have to research; 4c Very mixed, Enrile high, Nancy low
    5. Situational interaction: 5a Can read a situation as no one else, can communicate, a little dry (?) 5b plays with local governments 5c Some of his (ex)party mates a very good communicators.
    Fails badly. Very strong leader (see 2,3,4,5), but will direct us in the wrong direction (see 1!!!). A weak leader leading us in the wrong direction would be less catastrophic.

    • edgar lores says:

      1. Have to agree with this assessment.

      2. I think item 1 is key. Items 2 – 5 are the tools to implement vision.

    • Joe America says:

      I’m thinking of good attack ads. “If you like poverty, vote for Binay”. or “If you like the rich getting richer while you struggle, vote for Binay”. Or paste the Binay face on that dude doing the Red Bull rice terrace surfing video, and have him go over the edge. Tag line “and he’ll take the Philippines down with him . . .”

    • Juana Pilipinas says:

      I like your assessment criteria. I was going for a score system that is why I rounded the qualities to 10. Each qualities having 10 points will equal to 100 points for a “perfect” leader.

      Yes. We are looking for a leader in the truest meaning of the word for 2016 so looking at a candidate’s leadership ability is a must.

      It could be noted that the incumbent’s educational background is in Economics and his right hand man, Roxas, not Binay, is also an economist. I credit both of them for some of the positive economic gains that PI garnered in the past years.

      • sonny says:

        JP, I submit that the 10 vetting points beg for either Pass/Fail or Points assessment. For now #1 is Pass/Fail.

        Very challenging and wise set of presidential criteria!

        • Thank you, sonny.

          Like andrew stated above, #1 Honesty/Integrity, could be the most important factor in 2016 and Binay FAILED it. Hopefully, voters will see that and vote accordingly.

  5. patrioticflip says:

    It’s been a while Joe, but have you read any of Caroline Kennedy’s entries on the Marcoses?


    Particularly this wonderful entry on Imee Marcon in London:


    I’m curious what your thoughts are with this, and the possibilities of another Marcos winning in the future presidential election(s).

    • Joe America says:

      Absolutely stunning, PF. I was not even aware of these articles, and will add them to my library, above. Caroline Kennedy writes with very straightforward, but somehow kind, prose. Thank you.

      The Romualdez and Marcos families remain very popular in Leyte, and I know there are some young fanatics trying to re-write the legend and push the family back into the presidential office. I think it is both tragic and disgusting. It’s like they don’t want a decent nation, but instead a power base.

      • patrioticflip says:

        Yes. The best part is, Mrs. Kennedy responds to people on her blog.

        I told my mother about this, and she said she lived through all of that…

        The way things are going, Binay seems poised to be the next to carry the Marcos’ legacy of corruption and entitlement.

    • Juana Pilipinas says:

      Great reference, patriotic flip. I enjoyed reading Mrs. Kennedy’s account of her time in the Philippines as well as her insights about the Marcoses. Her detailed narrative about how a poor and sweet Imelda turned into a greedy, grandiose and self-serving monstrosity is riveting.

  6. letlet says:

    As Grace Poe doesn’t want the job as she is not ready yet ( she said so), we have to respect her wishes and desires. She doesn’t want the country in her rule get worse, instead of getting better. Let’s give her more time to know her job as senator, for her to gain more experiences in all facets of governmental responsibilities ( as senator) and how to face them head on, By then, when she is ready, she can give her best for the country.

    • Juana Pilipinas says:

      I have given her a lot of credit for being honest not only with herself but also with her countrymen. I think her mind and her heart are in the right place when she made that announcement. She knows who she is and I respect that. I know someday, when she’s ready, she’ll do a very good job of leading the Philippines on the right path.

  7. Geng says:

    The personality that could qualify for the criteria enumerated above for a good, if not the best, president this country could ever have should have the wisdom gained through a life that was tested by countless trials and tribulations, someone who would look at the position as a challenge as well as an opportunity to be of genuine service to all, someone who could confidently identify him/herself as equals with the other leaders of other nations and the poorest of the poor among his/her constituents.
    He should be someone who would honestly and passionately inspire people that the progress of this nation depends on the cooperation of those who would walk ahead of him through the path of good governance.
    The problem is, there is nobody looming large in the political horizon.

    • Yes, geng. We need another Monching Magsaysay, who believes in honesty, integrity and simplicity. Someone who is driven by his/her passion to do good for the people and does not seek personal wealth and glory in the power vested by office of the president of the Philippines. He was known as the “common tao,” a president so down to earth it was rumored that he walked the streets without bodyguards because no one dared touch him, not because of fear but of love and admiration.

      It is sad that the natives do not believe that there is such a person in the line up of aspiring presidents for 2016.

  8. edgar lores says:

    REMEMBER birds of a feather:
    Estrada (Jinggoy)
    Revilla (Bong)

    … Flock together… to gather
    Your tax money for themselves!

    • A very good reminder to 2016 voters. Hope that the history of our people voting for the wrong person, for the wrong reasons will not repeat itself.

      I also hope someone will use your slogan. It is very fitting, has a very good message and easy to REMEMBER.

    • Joe America says:

      The Senate has no ethical leadership. It is a government body afraid of itself.

      • True. I am tempted to write something along the line of Philippine Legislative Branch: What is it good for? article. I was bummed by their lack of courage to form an Ethics Committee that will mete the punishment for their erring members. No one even wants to come forward to lead its formation. What a bunch of ninnies!

        • edgar lores says:

          Ninnies? Psychopaths more likely.

          I watched the Jinggoy-Alan squabble, and it was riveting to watch Jinggoy’s body language. Turn the sound down, and you can see his restlessness, his inability to stay still. Check the 3 senators against the Hare Psychopathic Checklist criteria:

          1. Glib and superficial charm
          2. Grandiose self perception
          3. Constant need for stimulation
          4. Pathological lying
          5. Level of manipulation of others
          6. Absence of feelings of guilt
          7. Shallow affect or emotional response to deaths, injuries, trauma
          8. Lack of empathy
          9. Parasitic lifestyle (that is, living off other people)
          10. Poor behavior control, sexual promiscuity and early behavior problems
          11. Unrealistic or no goals
          12. Impulsiveness and irresponsibility
          13. Inability to accept responsibility
          14. Short- or extra-marital relationships
          15. Juvenile delinquency
          16. Criminal versatility
          17. Projection of “poor fellow imagery” to gain sympathy
          18. Abuse of others (that is, belittle, humiliate, mistreat, mock or attack physically (kill))

          • edgar lores says:

            How does Binay rate against this checklist?

            • Juana Pilipinas says:

              I can spot 6 traits right off the bat. How many do you think apply to him?

              • edgar lores says:

                1. To Jinggoy? 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18. Thirteen in all.
                1.1. I cannot attest to the following because I don’t know enough: 5. 7, 15, 16 and 17.

                2. To me? 17. Just one.

              • edgar lores says:

                Sorry, you meant Binay.

                1 – He’s a politician. His crocodile smile.
                2 – He thinks he deserves to be president. He uses the wang-wang.
                5 – He’s a politician. Of course, he manipulates people. He has done a lot of horse trading. He gives free cakes, movie tickets, and free tuition to win people over.
                6 – He feels no guilt for inflicting his family on the people.
                8 – He was a civil rights lawyer, but has little empathy for the country as a whole.
                9 – He is living to the hilt off the public purse.
                10 – He has been known to stray.
                12 – Cebu and Dasmarinas incidents
                13 – He has been hiding and not forthcoming about controversial issues
                14 – He has been known to stray.
                16 – Swims with plundering sharks. He has become wealthy through surreptitious means?
                18 – He has known to stare down people; his arrogance with his “What will it demolish?” comment.

                Twelve in all.

              • Joe America says:

                I think we should toss the Rizal Robredo Index and replace it with the Hare Checklist. I think there is a scaling on some. For example, on responsibility, when you forget to take out the trash, you might be a 1, but when Estrada denies any accountability for the money passing through his office, that is a 9. Your 17 is quite amusing, so we give you a freebie.

              • Juana Pilipinas says:

                #17 is so graphic, Edgar did not dare posting it. It described Nancy to a T 🙂

          • I agree, the Hare Psychopathic Checklist describes a lot of the dysfunctional behavior that Filipino politicians display. What scares me is: these people run the country (to the ground, to be specific).

            Should a psychological assessment be a part of the documents needed to file for candidacy for public office? Of course it will never pass through the legislative body. That will be like a death wish for most of them.

  9. David Murphy says:

    There are so many things to comment on related to this blog it’s hard to know where to start. Maybe better to make several separate comments. But to start:

    I agree that the one absolutely essential quality necessary for the next Philippine president is integrity. That includes a vast array of qualities under that aegis, including two that seem foremost to me, honesty and courage. Other qualities to complement the quintessential integrity include the ability to communicate the vision for the future, which to my mind would be a clean, honest government from the highest national offices and bureaucratic posts to the the barangay level. Other characteristics include the ability to inspire others, to motivate and recruit their energies and their abilities to accomplish that vision. Certainly competence is also essential as are many others but integrity is the foundation for all of them. To my mind if integrity is lacking none of the other abilities have any more significance than the finest saddle for a lame horse.

    The blogs by Caroline Kennedy were unknown to me. They are fascinating and especially valuable coming from someone with no bias and who has a tradition of integrity herself, not to mention that she writes very well.. I would like to see these available to every Filipino, especially to every Filipino under the age of 30.


    The big issue in the 2016 presidential election seems to focus on the vote of the the poorly educated masses. I am inclined to action at the lowest level and I have been thinking about a simple animated video demonstrating how much money was stolen, especially in the pork barrel debacle and how much this money might have accomplished if it had been dedicated to helping the poor, its intended purpose. The target audience would be the poor, those subsisting on P100 per day, those who are hungry on a daily basis, those whose children have to drop out of elementary school because they do not have suitable clothing or the minimal costs involved. The video would be shown to individuals or to any groups that might be gathered including church groups, cooperatives, or to groups that could be recruited at the barangay level or through any other means that might be discovered to be effective in reaching the target audience. Perhaps it could be posted on YouTube or on social media. My prejudice is that most of the poor would not have personal access to these resources but people who do have access to these sites and who would be willing to share the video, especially the youth, could probably be recruited. Something as simple as visiting the home of a classmate and sharing the video with his family and possibly neighbors could reach millions of people.

    The orientation of the video would be toward the specific ways the corruption deprived the individual watching of benefits that should have been available. Does he/she/they need a new school, more books, more teachers, a secure bridge, a sanitary water supply, paved roads, health care? Have they been denied financial help under the direct subsidy program because funds were not available? It would include the names of the politicians who have been accused and the amounts they are thought to have stolen. For me, one of the most outrageous aspects of the pork barrel thefts were that the politicians involved deprived the poor of badly needed and well deserved assistance while receiving only about half of it for their own benefit and allowing the associated criminals who performed the theft on their behalf to keep the other half. For some reason, to my mind that compounds by many times the enormity of the callousness and lack of concern for the people they were elected to represent. But that’s my idiosyncrasy and probably shouldn’t be incorporated into the video.

    These are just some of my ideas about the video and its contents. The Philippines has an abundance of talent to create such a video, from the script to the animation and the musical accompaniment and I have no doubt that a far better result than I have envisioned can be created with the talent already available.. I have no way of knowing who would be interested in promoting such a project or who has the abilities that are needed to produce it. Does anyone feel this is worth promulgating so that the idea might reach the people who could take it and run with it?

    And that’s quite enough for one comment.

    • It seems like almost everyone I know in PI has a phone. What other media could be accessed through a cell phone aside from YouTube, Facebook and Twitter?

      Most people there watch a certain TV show and listen to the radio but I guess it will cost a lot of money to buy airtime on both mass media. This could only be feasible if someone will take it on as a tax deductible contribution.

      Your video idea is great. I will try to sell it to someone I know who teaches IT at PUP. It could be a great student project.

      I think if more people here will join us in brainstorming, we might come up with something that will facilitate our wish of reaching the bulk of voters.

      I have no qualms of calling or e-mailing people who can make this happen. Throw me some leads and I’ll try to do what I can.

      • David Murphy says:

        Juana, I have absolutely no artistic talent whatsoever but I can recognize it and there are amazing things being produced by Filipino artists of all types. I have no doubt that they could produce videos that would be entertaining, humorous, informative, understandable and convincing. They could make a huge difference. The last two or three presidential elections in the US have demonstrated the potential of technology in reaching large numbers of people. There are vast numbers of people, especially young people, who have the desire to make a difference and who would be willing to go out into the barangays and spread the message among the masses about the critical need for integrity in elected officials and about the critical importance of making their votes count. I don’t know the exact specifics about what should be done or how it should be done. But I have no doubt that with the combined talents available in the Philippines numerous approaches and techniques could be devised, possibly causing my concept of videos to fade into insignificance.

        Who could mobilize these young people, these idealistic, motivated people, and give them some direction, possibly some resources and some purpose? I don’t know. What about Grace Poe? She’s young enough to relate to the young, new enough to politics to escape the general mistrust of the trapos, and she has enough national exposure to get things moving quickly. What about a contest to create non-partisan videos (I still like the idea.) that could be shown to the masses to educate them on the issues of integrity and the importance of their individual votes? She could head that effort and publicize it.

        If not her, there must be others, or others in addition to her who could make this happen. As you said, getting the right person into the office of the President in 2016 is crucial.

  10. sonny says:

    test where this goes

  11. edgar lores says:

    Just for the record, Pulse Asia’s survey for March 19-26, 2014, published on April 29, 2014, shows the following rankings of presidential candidates:

    1. Jejomar Binay – 40%
    2. Grace Poe – 15%
    3. Miriam Santiago – 10%
    4. Chiz Escudero – 9%
    5. Mar Roxas – 6%
    6. Ferdinand Marcos Jr – 5%
    7. Alan Cayetano – 4%
    8. Kris Aquino – 4%
    9. Bong Revilla – 3%
    10. Ping Lacson – 2%
    11. Others – 2%

  12. Joe et.al.

    After Yolanda, Mamasapano and the tragic fire in Valenzuela, isn’t it time to elect someone who has grace under pressure? I think Mar is very much qualified- but I think his public image irreversibly faltered after Yolanda.



  13. Thanks for sharing your checklist. I have my own checklist too of my ideal public servant. I have also started reading about their backgrounds and do not fail to watch news to check about their stands on issues, So, whether or not my elected President wins, I know that I have done my responsibility as a responsible voter.

  14. Krizylle Aniel says:

    My insight in this 2016 it will be still corrupt and poverty reigns most no one will change in this country of Philippines. In addition it will be a disaster everyday we can’t politicians will can’t even prevent this…


    • Madlanglupa says:

      Which is why voters’ intelligence has been thrown out of the window and in their misplaced anger they choose the candidate with the most radical proposal to change the status quo… even if it means sacrificing many of our freedoms.

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