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YOUR CANDIDATE LIST
Name:   K. Brown
Address:   Tanauan, Leyte
Email:   kel1guy@hotmail.com
Date:   7 April 2002

Just a superb job of getting the candidate lists posted. You include all towns/municipalities. I am personally thanking you for being what I believe is the first site in the Philippines to list candidates as you have. I hope your working on Leyte candidates towns/municipalities too. Once again OUTSTANDING work.


PHILIPPINE ELECTIONS AS SEEN BY A FOREIGNER
Name:   K. Brown
Address:   Tanauan, Leyte
Email:   kel1guy@hotmail.com
Date:  17 Mar 2007

This is an article I wrote about Philippine Elections: http://www.tanauan-leyte.gov.ph/news/A21_local_politics_as_seen_by_foreigner_02-08-2007.htm
 

LOCAL POLITICS AS SEEN BY A FOREIGNER

As the May election approaches and the political heat is starting to pervade in the air, the whole world is watching the Philippines wanting to know whether it can match the success in the implementation of economic reforms in the political exercise.

PIA 8 is reproducing the letter of Mr. Kelly L. Brown, a retired US Navy, who is now living in the Region and has learned to love the country just as he has been actively helping in his own way in the upliftment of the people in the countryside. His letter to the Filipino voters goes:

"As a bonafide immigrant, the Philippines is my home and I do care what happens in local Politics. The people should be represented in a manner where the interests and the needs of The People are first and foremost, the most important thing to the person, the leader who is representing "The People…"

As everyone knows, 2007 is an election year with when the election year comes, people who do not have the interests and the needs of The People as their first priority, that come and run as candidates.

If your vote or your being a candidate can be bought with a promise of some material things in kind or in the form of “mere pesos” then you Do Not Have what it takes to participate in a democratic exercise and must excuse yourself from participating in the election process.

When promises, tokens in kind, and money lead you astray from either voting with your conscience and with your heart because you know it is the right thing for the best interest of everyone, or from voting for the person who you know represents the best interest of The People, then you are supporting the return to corruption and the coming back of a Government that does not represent you The People.

Everyone knows that promises can and will be broken some time. A token, a gift of something in kind does not last a lifetime, but the evils of corruption and being blind to the needs of The People can take decades to undo, hinder the development of the youth while reversing the advancement of the Philippines which took the firm resolve of President Arroyo backed by the cooperation of the people to achieve.

Lastly, if you do believe that a brief infusion of MONEY into your finances will end up giving you “Good Government,” then you are living in a fantasy world and must review your morals and goals in life. Because what you will get is a government which does not represent you, which will not meet your needs and which will not work for your best interests."


COMMENTS ON COMING ELECTIONS
Name:   Arnold Magora
Address:   Montalban, Rizal
Email:   aar0nmcgu1re@gemtech.com
Telephone:   09182090326
Date:   March 10, 2007

One of the criteria for choosing or electing candidates is that of youth. The likes of Cheez Escudero, Migz Zubiri, Mike Defensor, Allan Peter Cayetano, Kiko Pangilinan, et.al. should be elected for their idealism, fervor and vigor which go along with their youth.


VOTER'S EDUCATION
Name:  Din Real
Address:  Binakayan, Kawit, Cavite
Email:  dianne_real@yahoo.com
Telephone:  (046) 434-7806
Date:  March 9, 2007

Voters must not allow the use of money to blind them in choosing their leaders. They must make their choices not according to popularity, more so, not according to the money given them, but according to credibility, sincerity and performance. ---yes this is true, but we have to consider that not all of the voters are credible enough to choose who is credible, performer, and sincere. I am not degrading the intelligence that the Filipinos have, but we have to be realistic when it comes to this matter. What we need right now is to educate the voters and to make them realize the positive and negative points of voting, may it be the proper voting or just the simple voting. By simple voting, I mean voting just for the sake of being able to vote.

The Government enjoins the voting public to be vigilant and cooperate with the authorities to help check unwarranted use of money by the candidates and to help check private armies or insurgent groups out to sow fear or trample upon the peoples’ democratic rights. ---How can the government enjoin the voting public? Again, through voter's education. This must be pushed through, because we don't need to rely on just mere experience. Not everyone learns from experience, some should be taught from time to time, let's accept that bitter fact.

It is high time the political leaders and candidates realize that using money to win the votes of the electorate, is an insult to the intelligence of the God-fearing Filipino voters. It is exploitation of the weak and the poor; taking advantage of their weakness and poverty, in order to mislead them into voting for them.--Money is really a bad influence in this kind of event, but we don't have to dwell on that too much. Money is just an instrument, we people, are still the handlers.

WE SHOULD PUSH THROUGH IN EDUCATING THE PUBLIC.

Oh well, I believe that we all need each other's cooperation in this kind of game. Let's not blame someone or something for the bad things that are happening, it's always up to us.