Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Limlingan: Signs of an upcoming election

The Advocate

EVER wonder why when election nears, there are these exchanges of allegations and accusations between politicians and political camps? On the other hand, we should not wonder why since elections are competitions and in such, one has to overpower the other.

Sadly, some politicians do the mudslinging, hurling accusations, false or otherwise to their opponents. Sometimes, this is what makes politics dirty as some would dig deeper into what they would accuse to another including a few below-the-belt issues.

Aside from accusing some acts of graft and corruption to their nemeses, others would resort to touching even the personal activities of their preys. They discuss to the public even the most private stories or acts of some politicians as a way to destroying the reputation of their opponents come election time.

Speaking of acts of anomalies or irregularities in the performance of their duties and functions, contenders sometimes resort to legal means by filing charges against their rivals. Challengers usually do this against those politicians who are incumbents to their positions.

The mere filing of a case against an incumbent official already puts him in a bad light and be subjected to a trial by publicity since many are not that actually particular and aware of the nitty gritty of such filing.

The one who has been filed a case with on the other hand, whether the allegations or true or not, may always find an easy alibi and that is his excuse that the filing of a case was "politically motivated."


Although election campaigning is not legally allowed yet, many politicians have began wooing electorates in the guise of humanitarian and civic activities, caucuses and of course tarpaulin postings.

Streets and places are becoming dirty again with tarpaulin posters with photos of people who filed their certificates of candidacy a few months ago. On the said posters are their names written in bold letters including their advocacies or slogans.

Evidently, these tarpaulin posters or the posting of such, do not necessarily violate any including election laws. Minus the word "vote" or "re-elect", those who post tarpaulin posters cannot be held liable of any law or statute.

Along our expressways, big billboards are not spared from politicians and political organizations. They can vividly seen by anyone passing through the freeways and are visible reminders of the nearing election campaign.

Early advertising of politicians or political groups if not called early campaigning, is intended for voters as a "name recall" strategy of some who aspire for political positions. Sometimes, it pays to be popular even before the campaign period.


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