MANILA, Philippines – The May 13, 2013 local and national elections is 16 days away, and already, some supporters of candidates are growing panicky with alleged vote buying and illegal activities. Ganoon na ba tayo kagutom na ibenta ang boto natin para lang makakain? (Are we that hungry to sell our votes just to eat?)
Who would you vote among the senatorial candidates? Who would help us rise from this abject poverty that we are in? Many promise the moon and the stars, but once they are seated in the pinnacle of power, well… they tend to forget their glowing promises and to h-ll with all of you- voters.
Out of the 24 senatorial seats, 12 will be elected, who would serve for 6 years, up to June 30, 2019, while the top 12 during the 2010 elections will continue to serve for another 3 years, up to June 30, 2016. There would also be elections for congressmen and local seats.
The official website of the Commission On Elections (comelec.gov.ph) provides several features that include absentee voting, list of official candidates, precinct finder, and updates about the incoming Philippines’ local and national elections. You could also access the list of senatorial candidates, and other contenders from its website.
Loren Legarda, Ramon Magsaysay Jr., Bro. Eddie Villanueva, Alan Peter Cayetano, Edgardo Angara and Risa Hontiveros seem to be the most popular senatorial candidates.
Perhaps, some of those at the top 12 do not deserve to be there. Many Filipinos would want that the whole seats vacated to give in to a new election. Why? Because in spite of the widely publicized economic growth of the country, poverty continues to prevail, and more and more middle-income families are becoming poor. Progress should be felt by the poor people, where it significantly counts.
Who would you vote for? Let your vote count. Your future and your children’s future depend upon your choices on May 13, 2013 national and local elections. May the force be with you.