Electioneering

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By Ismael A. Amigo

1st Apluma

Thursday, May 3, 2012


IN LAYMAN’S terms, electioneering refers to nothing but the early solicitation of votes for certain or perceived candidates way beyond the legal scope of a given election period for campaigning, be it in local and national elections.

Most recent to be embroiled in this case is no other than President Aquino himself.

According to reports, the Chief Executive was recently in Oriental Mindoro for an official visit along with other Palace officials, most notably Senator Ed Angara and Tesda administrator Joel Villanueva, main characters of President Noy’s highly-publicized electioneering flop.

The President was quoted as saying “wag n’yo pong kalilimutan sina Sen. Angara at Administrator Villanueva sa susunod na taon” for all intents and purposes.

Every Juan and Juana only know too well what’s the big political event “sa susunod na taon.”

There could be nothing but the 2013 mid-term elections.

That’s good news, however, to both Angara and Villanueva for what the President did – at his expense – cemented their respective slots in the administration’s senatorial slate aside from his official endorsement for them in the ballots.

As a son of Jesus Is Lord leader and losing presidential candidate in the 2010 national elections Eddie Villanueva, the young Villanueva, who earned his political spurs through partylist CIBAC, would surely not come short of prayers for blessings from God for his senatorial ambitions.

Sonny will need prayers, too, for P-Noy’s endorsement do to turn out a kiss of death confounded by diminishing approval rating, rising process of commodities, fluctuating prices of fossil fuel and other factors.

Acquittal of CJ Corona’s impeachment trial could also spell doom not only to Angara and Villanueva’s 2013 political ambitions but to the whole administration senatorial lineup.

Corona’s impeachment trial resumes Monday, May 7, and this is the reason why Malacañang is moving heaven and earth to pin down the chief magistrate.

See, they unearthed Corona’s alleged $10 million bank account just as when the impeachment is already on its final stretch.

Well, presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda made another vain attempt at glossing over the President’s latest flop saying “the President is just proud of them.”

We just hope all of them would be similarly proud of the President to talk of to the voting populace next May next year.

(Mobile: 0915-5517486; email: esns03@yahoo.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on May 04, 2012.

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