“Almost everyone pins his hope for a change in the 2010 elections. There is always the general hopeful feeling every time we are on the verge of elections. People never learn. Almost immediately after the elections, disappointment resumes and helplessness returns. The reason is simple- the electoral process is seriously flawed. The ones running for elections with the chance of getting proclaimed, not necessarily elected, are made of the same rotten material as those who habitually occupy public office. It is still gold, guns and goons who rule the day capped with the running away with the proclamation courtesy of equally rotten officials in COMELEC.”
The above challenging as well as disturbing thoughts were written in 2009 by someone who knows and lives politics, who is acquainted with a good number of high public officials – and who in particular have had a first hand knowledge of key political figures in the country who held the reigns of national government – from Marcos time. The above citation is taken from the book written by no less than well known Atty. Homobono A. Adaza – titled “Leaders from Marcos to Arroyo”, Pub. By ADA, 2009, p. 267).
It is not exactly funny much less edifying to take serious note of the substance and particulars of the above quote. It is anything but a pleasing and hopeful observation made about politics and politicians in the Philippines. Written before two – presidential and mid-term – elections, the content and spirit of the candid observation made therein remains true and relevant to this just held 2013 political exercise with a good amount of vote buying – to mention but one markedly adverse socio-political phenomenon.
It was no secret that a big amount of money changed hands on the occasion of yesterday’s election. While it is true that in Philippine elections, money continue to persist as a ground reality paring, from all tri-media accounts, this time around, very much more money made the rounds on the occasion of this political event. There can be various explanations for such an anomaly: those running for election had so much money to buy votes with. The voters sold their votes because of their abject poverty it not downright misery. The Filipinos in general have already lost their decency and pursuant integrity.
“… the electoral process is seriously flawed.” Such could be the key reality behind the many socio-ethical liabilities of the 2010, the 2013 plus the forthcoming 2016 elections – to mention but three concrete occasions. Questions: will the present Legislature look into it? Will Malacañang and its allies welcome its review? Or will the people themselves move and insist for its study? Or will it be the same – forever and ever?