The­atri­cal Move|

Palawan Daily News - - Front Page - Ed­i­to­rial Car­toon By Kent Jan­a­ban...

The midterm elec­tions next year will once again reckon a po­lit­i­cal sight that could ei­ther be dirty, harsh or bloody, de­pend­ing on how we would de­scribe it. Fam­ily mem­bers even fight against each other just to be in power – a very macabre sce­nario that we do not wish to ex­pe­ri­ence, but in­deed hap­pen­ing all these years.

Feels like in the­atri­cal move, where us, or­di­nary ci­ti­zens watch as spec­ta­tors and these politi­cians as ac­tors in a ghoul­ish sce­nario. Glued in our seats, it seemed like we can­not do any­thing else but just to watch them un­fold their acts. Seem­ingly, like spec­ta­tors paid to watch them.

To ex­er­cise our right of suf­frage is to vote for the can­di­date that we want, freely, vol­un­tar­ily without ha­rass­ment, po­lit­i­cal ma­chiner­ies and vote buy­ing mech­a­nisms. It is our con­sti­tu­tional duty to par­tic­i­pate in the elec­toral process and to choose the in­di­vid­u­als who we know can lead and im­prove the way we live. As vot­ers, do we re­ally fol­low our con­science and choose the right ones? Or sim­ply al­low our­selves to be bought by money?

Cou­ple days ago, po­lit­i­cal wannabes and in­cum­bent per­son­al­i­ties filed their Certificate of Can­di­dacy in the COMELEC of­fices na­tion­wide. The fil­ing of the COC was a grand en­trance to most of the can­di­dates, with oth­ers be­ing flocked by their sup­port­ers who rally be­hind them in their quest for po­si­tion. As young as 33 years old filed for the sen­a­to­rial race while the old­est is the nearly cen­te­nar­ian for­mer se­na­tor Juan Ponce En­rile. The COMELEC has yet to weed-out nui­sance can­di­dates out of the 152 as­pi­rants for the sen­a­to­rial race.

Ne­ti­zens were quick to re­act on­line af­ter see­ing politi­cians that have cor­rup­tion cases can still file and run for gov­ern­ment posts. What could have been the great­est blun­der to most of us could slap us with hard re­al­ity that only those who have the power, ma­chin­ery and money can rule. But then again, this is the time for us to put pres­sure our­selves and fol­low our con­science. We are not dis­pens­able that can eas­ily be bought by mon­e­tary gains.

The po­lit­i­cal land­scape is fast chang­ing. There is no per­ma­nence in the way it op­er­ates. It could ei­ther be po­lit­i­cal friends be­com­ing po­lit­i­cal neme­sis. The dirt­i­ness of pol­i­tics will al­ways be there. It seemed as if we are los­ing the real politi­cians who have the truest pas­sion and am­bi­tion for the in­ter­ests of the peo­ple.

But then again, we should con­tinue to take part in choos­ing the ones who we know are un­tar­nished with no pend­ing cases and have clean slate of track record both pro­fes­sion­ally and as an in­di­vid­ual.

Let’s cross the bridge when we get there on the very day when we cast our bal­lots. And don’t for­get to vote wisely!

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