It’s official election period, but the campaign started a year ago

bu-op-icons-benjieBy BENJIE OLIVEROS
Bulatlat perspective

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has officially declared the start of the election period by the implementation of the gun ban. The official declaration may have been done recently, but the campaigning and the jockeying for positions have begun a year ago.

The candidates for president and vice-president have already been making the rounds all over the country since a year ago. The public has already been bombarded by campaign ads masked as information plugs. Candidates for national office have been making statements on each and every issue. There are those, in an attempt to draw attention to themselves, who have been issuing controversial statements such as asking the public not to vote for their opponents. Worse, the mudslinging has intensified to an extent where two presidential candidates have already challenged each other to a fistfight and gun duel.

But the worst tactic of all seems to be coming from the Aquino administration and the Liberal Party. It has been engaging in a war of attrition. By eliminating or rendering ineffective all candidates to the presidency, especially those who are ahead of its official candidate Mar Roxas in polls, it hopes to propel the latter to Malacañang. And since Roxas is so far down the line, the ruling Liberal Party has to eliminate three of the five candidates. Thus, it is not surprising that Grace Poe and Rodrigo Duterte are facing disqualification cases and Vice President Jejomar Binay, as well as his family, is being the subject of so many corruption cases.

The disqualification cases need not be resolved; it is enough to raise doubts that if any of the two wins, she or he might not be able to hold office and so the votes they get might go to waste. As for Binay, the objective appears to be part mudslinging and also to constrict his source of campaign funds.

And the more the Aquino administration burns itself with its anti-people decisions and policies such as Aquino’s obstinate defense of Transportation and Communications Sec. Joseph Emilio Abaya, its rejection of proposals to lower income tax rates and veto of the bill to increase pensions of members of the Social Security System (SSS), the more it would use the whole state machinery to make Roxas win.

As it is, Mar Roxas is already plagued by his lack of accomplishments and his lack of appeal to the Filipino masses. He also has to carry the burden of the anti-people decisions, policies and programs of the Aquino administration.

Why is the Aquino administration trying so hard? What is at stake is not Aquino’s legacy or “daang matuwid,” as the government claims, but the high probability of President Aquino facing numerous cases once he steps down from office. Former president Joseph Estrada was imprisoned by the Arroyo administration, though he was pardoned and released later; Aquino placed Gloria Macapal-Arroyo under hospital arrest. What would prevent an unfriendly administration succeeding it from charging and placing Benigno Aquino III in jail – no matter how luxurious it may be – or hospital arrest?

Thus, while the candidates for national positions have begun campaigning a year ago and are just preparing to go all out during the official campaign period, the Aquino administration has been in full throttle since last year. ()

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  1. I LIKE WHAT YOU WROTE IbigMongSabihin

    my heart bleeds para sa maliliit na pensions ng dating workers. sa
    maraming bansa, lagi na lang merong cost-of-living adjustments ang mga
    pensioners. ito ang priority ng kanilang government kasi this involves
    the condition of old citizens. mostly ay automatic ang adjustments. sa
    pilipinas, ang inuuna ay mga projects na karamihan ay 30% ang natutunaw
    na budget sa corruption. i demand, although i have no power and always
    outside the country, that the government considers among its priority
    the increase of SSS pensions. kung sakali the SSS cannot afford the
    increase in budget during the initial few years of implementation, i
    think the government can easily afford to offer some few billions to
    assist the SSS.

    YOU CAN NOT SEE THAT EVERY TIME THERE WAS BILLS THAT WILL HELP THE
    POOR PEOPLE ,PNOY ALWAYS VETOED THEM .WHERE IS HIS HEART AND THE REST OF THE DAANG BACO-BACO ADMINISTRATION.

    DAPAT TALAGANG BANSAG SA ADMINSTRATION ITO NI PANOT AY WALANG BUDHI AND PUSO. VOTE,VOTE FOR GRACE POE IN 2016. ELECTION

    WE LOVE GRACE POE .SHE IS REALLY CONSISTENTLY SHOWING HOW SHE CARE ABOUT THE UNDERPRIVILEGED PEOPLE.

    THAT’S NOT EPAL, THAT INCREASE OF PENSION OF YOUR LOLA AND LOLO WILL GREATLY HELP FOR THEIR HEALTH CARE. WHERE IS YOUR PEA BRAIN LIANDRO ?
    MAGKANO ANG BAYAD NI MURAMAR DIYAN SA CUBAO SA IYO? TATANDA KA RIN AT
    MARARAMDAMAN MO KUNG PAANO ANG NARARAMDAMAN NG HINDI NA
    NAKAKAPAGTRABAHO.

    YOU CAN NOT SEE THAT EVERY TIME THERE WAS BILLS THAT WILL HELP THE
    POOR PEOPLE ,PNOY ALWAYS VETOED THEM .WHERE IS HIS HEART AND THE REST
    OF THE DAANG BACO-BACO ADMINISTRATION.

    Pnoy is always against anything that concern the poor people .he does not like to increased the salary of the govt. employee and teachers until they rally .These elitist does not know how to be a poor. THEY DO NOT CARE IF THE OLD POOR PEOPLE HAVE MONEY TO BUY MEDICINES AND FOOD .SO NEXT ELECTION WE HAVE TO REMEMBER DO NOT VOTE FOR MURAMAR THE INCOMPETENT, MANHID “BAHALA KAYO SA BUHAY NINYO ” ELIYIST CANDIDATE. vote ,vote .vote for senator grace poe . MABUHAY KA GRACE POE .WE LIKE WHAT YOU STOOD FOR AND WE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT YOU ALL THE WAY IN MALACANANG PALACE.

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