Now that the election is over and the votes (have almost) been counted, I’ve found myself at a loss for words no more. I am happy to report that there is a lot to say, and I can’t wait to get started.
1. Treacherous Ignorance
I would like to say that I would have had a lot to say about how Nancy Binay managed to make it into the top twelve of the senatorial slate, but I have no right. Considering I am of legal voting age, there is this pervading sense of guilt within me. I could (and actually do have) the opportunity to cast my vote against this notorious female, but I did not. Therefore, it is a national sin on my part that I didn’t put in my two cents during this year’s election.
Although I feel as though the question remains: would my vote have made much difference? A part of me feels as though it would’ve, another feels the opposite. Yet either way, it would not have hurt to try. I would’ve actually felt like I had done something to help my senatorial bets (Risa Hontiveros, Dick Gordon…) somehow try to pry their way into the mythical magic twelve. But what’s done is done, and there’s still 2016 to go. By then I plan to already register myself and make my voice count. There’s no way I’m letting this happen twice.
2. Effort, teh?
Now this, I can talk about.
Apparently Nancy Binay plans to attend a crash course at UPD in preparation for her new oJt. (J-job).
Well, you’ve got to commend her for the ‘effort’ of actually preparing herself for a six-year stint alongside individuals like Miriam Defensor-Santiago, but honestly I’m a bit doubtful about this. There’s something about it that screams ‘i-want-to-look-competent-therefore-i-publicize-this’. I’m sure the course will happen, but I don’t like how they need to tell the world about it.
The true question is: will a crash course at UPD even be enough against Miriam’s years of training in law?
I can’t wait for the televised senate debates. >:)
3. Im-Poe-ssible is Nothing.
I want to know how Grace Poe managed to make it to number one. As far as I’m concerned she wasn’t even one of the top candidates for the job and yet this is what happens. I wasn’t too fond of her because of the ad campaigns that practically branded her as FPJ’s kid, but the inevitability of Philippine politics just had to slap me in the face. Either way, she’s the lesser of two evils. Unlike Nancy Binay, Poe proves to be more academically and mentally equipped for the senate. Poe label aside, she proves to be a smart and capable individual who might just make things better for our country.
Unlike Binay, Poe happened to be a frequent guest during senatorial debates while Binay was a no-show in the senatorial debate circuit. I personally believe that this proves Poe wasn’t too afraid of having to speak about her platforms, and I find that to be a plus for her. Although the Poe stigma is something that I dislike about Grace. I’m not putting all my eggs in her basket, but I’ll leave one. Here’s to hoping she’ll do this country good.
4. Speaking Activity
I am very much thankful for the sudden influx of senatorial forums and debates, as they provide perfect venues for dialogue between prospective senatorial candidates and their constituents. They also increase the percentage of informed voters. I am so keen about debates that I believe they should be a part of the criteria utilized to decide whether someone is fit for the position of senator. Case in point: Nancy Binay.
In my opinion, Binay didn’t join the debates for two reasons: one, she can’t talk; two, she was (and probably still is) scared. Had she been more confident she would’ve at least attended one or two forums. These mediums would have given her the chance to speak about her platforms so that people could better understand the reason behind her push for a senate seat. Instead she opted not to show up in a single debate, opting for the cheesiest of campaign methods: the motorcade. Seriously? Waving to people won’t do much. Her lack of participation in educated conversation about pressing political issues proves her run for the senatorial seat was poorly planned and not originally intended. I feel as though had this been a serious thing, she would’ve had a platform to speak about during debates, and more importantly: she wouldn’t actually be afraid of engaging in debates in the first place! Now maybe this is why she’s taking that crash course in UP.
Well, you have to commend her for showering up before dipping her feet into the Senatorial ocean.
Results aside, I would like to take this opportunity to commend the COMELEC for a brisk election count. Gone are the days of Manila paper mayhem and manual counting! PCOS disasters were abound during election day, but at least this has not affected the transmission of majority of the results. Lets hope the glitches that plagued the election this year won’t make an even worse comeback in 2016! Hello, tech voting. We hope you’re here to stay.