2010 Philippine Elections and National Candidates – Part 1
It’s election time again in the Philippines and once more we are reminded of a change in power. The last Philippine national elections was held in 2004. And what could be more different now is that the Filipino people have the powerful capabilities of the internet to voice their political thoughts and the political candidates as well have the technology at their disposal to show of their political platforms and image to the voting public. Who would be more powerful- the voice of the voters or the voice of the candidates in disseminating their information.
It has been no secret to Filipinos that the country calls for a fresh change. Philippine politics has always been plagued by traditional politics and politicians. They speak the same rhetoric during the campaign trails and yet the people are disillusioned by their actual performances. To many Filipinos nowadays, having a political post symbolizes power, corruption and greed to further the political or business goals of the politician. The measure of distrust is there. Is the image being projected of the candidate , the real thing? Therefore to make the most meaningful choice among the selection of candidates it is of greater urgency and importance to know more of that what they have done in the past as opposed to what they intend to do in the future.
Today, with the advancement of the internet age to gather information about the various candidates experiences and background should be an easy search and these are the following questions that come to mind to narrow the search down to the most formidable candidate.
1. Educational and Professional Background- What is the educational and professional background of the candidate? The educational and professional background of a candidate speaks of his past formal training as well as the network of people he will bring in to his administration. Has he had considerable success in his chosen field?
2. Political Agenda- What is their political agenda and do they have it spelled out?This is something of stretch as most candidates are weak in showing a concrete detailed agenda is when they win.
3. What track record can they show that they have they achieved for the Filipino people?– Are they action oriented or just simply rhetorical?here are politicians who fare in the podium stands as opposed to actual results in implementing projects. What concrete achievements have they promulgated in the past? Is it clearly visible and documented.Here is a particular website link that would give one a glimpse of the current political candidates and their backgrounds.
An interesting feature o f this website is the poll survey they have for the Presidential candidates. I participated in the survey and this was the result as of today January 17, 2010.
Who will you vote for President of the Philippines in 2010?
Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro, Jr. (39.0%, 2,352 Votes)
Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III (22.0%, 1,337 Votes)
Richard “Dick” Juico Gordon (14.0%, 847 Votes)
Eduardo “Bro. Eddie” Villanueva (12.0%, 721 Votes)
Manuel “Manny” Villar (8.0%, 474 Votes)
Joseph “Erap” Ejercito Estrada (3.0%, 154 Votes)
Maria Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal-Valade (1.0%, 67 Votes)
John Carlos “JC” de los Reyes (1.0%, 43 Votes)
Nicanor Jesus “Nicky” Pineda Perlas III (0.0%, 29 Votes)
This is part 1 of a 3 part article on 2010 Philippine Elections and National candidates
Part 2 click here- official websites of Philippine presidential candidates