YOUR CANDIDATE LIST
Name: K. Brown
Address: Tanauan, Leyte
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
PHILIPPINE ELECTIONS AS SEEN BY A FOREIGNER
Name: K. Brown
Address: Tanauan, Leyte
Date: 17 Mar 2007
This is an article I wrote about Philippine Elections:
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
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
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.
Name: Din Real
Address: Binakayan, Kawit, Cavite
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.