2013 elections

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013


YESTERDAY, Filipinos marched to their respective polling places to exercise their right of suffrage.

This year’s elections are important as these are a prelude to the presidential election in 2016.

More significantly, it will determine whether or not the winners will continue to carry the torch of progress by supporting and sustaining the momentum of economic growth the nation has attained under President Noynoy Aquino.

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Suffice it to say that unless majority of the winners possess the frame of mind that Aquino has in his governance, then I am afraid the exercise would have been a failure.

It is normal, therefore, that the day after the elections many questions crop up about our future as a nation and people.

Will the result fortify the opposition party United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) more than the administration’s Liberal Party (LP)?

Have UNA candidates, led by the foxy triumvirate of Vice President Jejomar Binay, former president Joseph Estrada and Senate President Juan

Ponce Enrile fared well and gained more adherents in both Houses?

What can the nation expect of the descendants of UNA’s 3 Kings, namely Nancy Binay, JV Ejercito and Jack Enrile if they win as senators?

Has the elections created more political dynasties?

Will the composition of the Senate change for the better, especially on reliability and competency, with the election of new members, or is it going to be worse than today’s Senate?

Will PNoy be assured of support from both Houses to successfully implement his policies, programs and projects for the rest of his term and onward?

Will Chiz Escudero throw his hat in the ring for the presidency in 2016 so he could strut in front of people with Heart Evengelista holding his arm?

Anyway, good luck to us all.--Jesus Sievert

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 14, 2013.

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