Qual­i­fied can­di­dates?

Sun.Star Davao - - OPINION -

The re­quire­ments for those seek­ing an elec­toral post this com­ing 2019 Na­tional and Lo­cal Elec­tions are sim­ple -- are able to read and write, of le­gal age, and a Filipino cit­i­zen.

That’s just about it. It does not re­quire you to be a grad­u­ate of a cer­tain course, have an ex­pe­ri­ence, of good moral stand­ing, or skills that is needed for the job.

Sadly, be­cause of this re­quire­ment, there are some politi­cians that we elect who are not qual­i­fied for the job. This re­sulted to the birth of some abu­sive, ar­ro­gant, and in­com­pe­tent politi­cians run­ning prov­inces, cities, and towns.

Even politi­cians linked to il­le­gal drugs may still file a cer­tifi­cate of can­di­dacy (COC) for the up­com­ing 2019 Na­tional and Lo­cal Elec­tions.

“Even if listed siya sa narco-list, dili mi pwede nga di mu­dawat sa ilang Cer­tifi­cate Of Can­di­dacy (Even if they are listed in the nar­col­ist, our of­fice will still ac­cept their cer­tifi­cate of can­di­dacy),” Lawyer Krisna Sa­man­tha Ca­ballero, spokesper­son of Com­elec-Davao, said on Wed­nes­day.

This loop­hole in our elec­toral sys­tem paved way to the rise of some in­com­pe­tent politi­cians who are abus­ing their power and com­mit­ting cor­rup­tion wher­ever they are seated.

The in­com­pe­tence in some high rank­ing of­fi­cials have also trick­led to var­i­ous of­fices un­der them. In­stead of hav­ing a com­pe­tent per­son run a cer­tain gov­ern­ment of­fice, we have some­one who has no idea of what they are do­ing.

Be­cause of this, some prov­inces, cities, or towns, are not en­joy­ing the ben­e­fits they should en­joy.

Amend­ments must be made to the re­quire­ments for those seek­ing a na­tional post. Maybe add that they are at least a col­lege grad­u­ate or have good moral stand­ing.

While it is too late to call for a change in the re­quire­ment set for those who will be fil­ing a COC, the gov­ern­ment must im­ple­ment changes to en­sure that the qual­ity of politi­cians that are run­ning and are to be elected is top notch.

The Filipino peo­ple has had it enough with the in­com­pe­tence of some and are now call­ing for bet­ter and a more qual­i­fied can­di­date for mayor, city mayor, rep­re­sen­ta­tive, and sen­a­tor.

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