I wrote this around two to three days after the election. Read it and weep! 😄
Whoever expected the first automated elections held yesterday to proceed smoothly? Well, I sure didn’t. Nothing about that election was 100% perfect: people weren’t able to vote, machines malfunctioned, signals sucked, lines were long. It may not have been the usual manual election but it was an election nonetheless, and it was surely a step up from what past elections have been for our country. Below, I cite some major points of error in yesterday’s election, I elaborate on them, and I give my personal solution to each. (Stay tuned for my next blog/note, 2 ways to a better election!!)
POINTS OF ERROR:
1. SURVEY SAYS… a.k.a many didn’t think, so they were for Noynoy
=> It looks like the surveys were right as in partial counts done by the COMELEC have shown Noynoy at number one (like in the surveys), and Bong Revilla, Miriam Defensor and Jinggoy Estrada in the top three spots (they tied for first place in the Pulse Asia surveys). In fact, if you do compare the presidential and senatorial surveys side-by-side, you cannot help but see the similarities in the results, which is really scary. Does that mean Pulse-Asia really did manage to brainwash the Filipino people with their scientific, statistic mumbo-jumbo about NoyNoy at number one? We can’t dismiss the fact that the survey really did have such a major impact on the decision of the people.
The only survey that didn’t match up to partial results? The vice-presidential race. Mar Roxas is second to Jejomar Binay by a small but significant number. That seems to be about it. Loren Legarda places third (she should’ve been second to Roxas and in front of Binay). Now how did that happen? Did the news of Mr. Binay’s past skeletons in the closet (mistress, I’m talking about you), gain some pogi points with certain, adulterous voters? Or did people realize that what he’s done with Makati is truly something to be proud of, and they are hoping he transforms the whole country into one big Makati? I think I prefer the latter, Binay ain’t such a bad guy.
CLARIFICATION: I am not generalizing entirely on the survey-result similarity of the election counting. The surveys and the election results don’t MATCH UP PERFECTLY, you know, and I was only referring to the top three results in each race: presidential, vice-presidential and senatorial. I’m not so familiar with the other numbers and their similarity to their Pulse-Asia counterparts. If they are similar, though, then whoo-pee! The survey says… and the people follow!
2. NO ONE THINKS, SO THEY ARE FOR NOY! :))
=> To the person who did make that ‘I don’t think therefore I am for Noynoy Aquino’: darn, you must feel pretty stupid right now, or I guess probably you switched sides and then realized that people who are actually for Noynoy Aquino. But still, insulting the 12million+ people who voted for Aquino must feel like such a good thing. Bwahaha! 😛 As the song goes, AINT’ THAT A KICK IN THE HEAD! =))
3. ERAP IN NUMBER TWO SPOT?
=> Reasons not to put Erap in number two: he already became president, he stole money, he laundered money, he was corrupt, he was in jail, he just got out of jail… and yet, there he is, catching up to the ‘indestructible Noynoy’. People, not a good choice, not a good choice AT ALL! Putting Erap back in the presidency would surely beat having Mr. ‘nakaligo ka na ba sa dagat ng basura?’ in number two, but there are more capable people that can be president. Two words: GIBO TEODORO.
4. THE IMPORTANCE OF A SYSTEM
=> Everytime my mom chastises me about not having a ‘system’ when I do something or organize something, it usually slips my mind the next time around (laziness and youth, mind you). But it was only now did I realize why a system is so frickin’ important (thanks Mom!). If Pulse Asia were to hold a survey today and ask the Filipino people whether or not they enjoyed voting in this year’s election, you can just wonder what the result will be. When I was monitoring the news last night, there was this voter interviewed in Cebu that rambled about the absence of a proper system, and he was right. [read my next blog on a better election for my personal system suggestions].
5. ELECTION EXTENSION
=> Dolphy was right when he declared that the elections needed to be extended. 7pm is just too early a time for polls to close. Extending it an hour and a half or so later, (maybe 10pm would be good) would probably have lessened the lines and made voting convenient.
6. COURTSHIP AND ATTRACTION: MAKE VOTING FUN
=> I read in this morning’s paper that there only was a 75% voter turnout in this year’s elections. That’s 3/4 of the registered voting public that came out to have their say on who will be the next people to lead. It may sound like a pretty good number, but there’s nothing good about that at all. It is because voting does not appeal to everyone that some former registered voters have stopped voting and others have not exercised their right to vote. It is because of a lack of the voting public that the cheating and the dayaan can go on. Those officials think they can have their way because people don’t care anymore about the outcome of the election. They have made voting such a bad thing people have stopped. Sure there have been media-related programs that show a significant participation of voters and youth in the election, but that isn’t enough. We should always aim for a 100% voter turnout in every election, because people’s vote counts. This is the only time when the public is given a say in the future of the country. We shouldn’t take things like this lightly.
How can we make voting as appealing as a new product or a trendy pair of clothes? It’s simple. Improve the system (read my blog for an elaboration). Make voting be an enjoyable experience with the whole family (will elaborate more on my next blog). When the system’s glitches have finally been improved, people should be encouraged to vote: how? Make it mandatory. You heard me, vote or you’ll be arrested. It may sound like an extreme thing, but we should prioritize the practice of a right to suffrage, and extreme measures must be taken. Those 1/4 of the registered voters didn’t vote because voting isn’t appealing to them. They didn’t want to spend hours of their day standing around in the heat doing nothing while they waited. Not everyone will want to make such a sacrifice to cast their vote. Adverts about Ako ang Simula will not suffice, and that’s the truth. We should create other programs to make suffrage cool for everybody.
7. BEING BALIMBING IS A CRIME
=> People don’t trust Philippine politics (particularly the people) anymore because of their love of being turncoats. One minute he/she’s on the administration and then he/she decides to shift to the opposition years after. We don’t know who’s who or what’s what anymore. Honesty is the best policy, all right, but our leaders don’t seem to apply those practices at all, despite how they preach. Politicians should stop such nonsense and stay with their party. We should follow the example of a Republican-Democratic political society, where you will be stuck with your party until your demise. It obviously seems to be the plan that makes more sense compared to switching sides here and there. If ‘balimbings’ stop being balimbings then the Filipino people will start to trust politicians again and the country will be a better place. I’d prefer to charge all those balimbings with treason, though, but that’s just me.
8. A DYNASTY OF SYMPATHY VOTES
=> Here’s an analogy you might find amusing: people voted for Cory Aquino and she won because she ran for Ninoy and when Cory died Noynoy ran because his mom died. Is that such a bad thing? Well, I don’t really know. I just hope that Noynoy can deliver and prove to all his detractors he isn’t just running on dynasty, popularity, legacy and heredity.
9. KORIKRIS: FIRST LADIES?
=> One good thing that many say came from Mar Roxas not winning the vice-presidential race? Korina Sanchez won’t be the first lady of the house anymore. Her head is supposedly big enough, and to have her in Malacanang of all places would mean havoc would be wrecked, and 2012 might come early (kidding!). But did we not also think of the fact that Mar was running for VICE-PRESIDENT and that vice-presidential wives weren’t FIRST LADIES, they were umm.. SECOND LADIES? (corny!!!)
Another feared Palace inhabitant: Kris Aquino. She seemed to play a bigger part in the election than Noynoy himself. People used her as a reason or an excuse not to put Noynoy in higher office, and from the way that she does smother him (take the S out), people had a point. Wait… what people, though? :))
10. TWIN SLOGANS=EPIC FAIL!
=> Villar just conceded to NoyNoy. Ouch move. He spent dozens of dollops of pesos on his ‘for the poor’ campaign and the poor fellow finishes third, second to an ex-graft and corruption convict. That was a slap on the face if I ever saw one. I just watched his press conference, and I saw the look of ‘crap, that was a waste of money’ on his face as he congratulated third-generation Democracy advocate Noynoy Aquino on taking the election by an almost landslide vote. This is what happens when twin slogans slug it out. Erap was obviously first to coin the for the people slogan (Diosdado Macapagal, I think, was the father of the for the people slogan), and then Villar followed suit, relating to the nation his early years as a poor boy in Tarlac. The anthem-like jingles followed, and Villar’s early campaigning probably did him in (his commercials ruled the airwaves before a barrage of NoyNoy ads, including the music video with a long credits/cast list came out). These were the two slogans: for the poor [my original] by Erap, and for the people/poor [i used to be one of you]. Villar’s slogan was better, I can tell you that now, but the original won out (WHy?). I feel sorry for the Villar.. but that’s all I feel sorry for. Him and his good slogan… boo-hoo.