Signs of an up­com­ing elec­tion

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Ever won­der why when elec­tion nears, there are these ex­changes of al­le­ga­tions and ac­cu­sa­tions be­tween politi­cians and po­lit­i­cal camps? On the other hand, we should not won­der why since elec­tions are com­pe­ti­tions and in such, one has to over­power the other.

Sadly, some politi­cians do the mud­sling­ing, hurl­ing ac­cu­sa­tions, false or oth­er­wise to their op­po­nents. Some­times, this is what makes pol­i­tics dirty as some would dig deeper into what they would ac­cuse to an­other in­clud­ing a few be­low-the-belt is­sues.

Aside from ac­cus­ing some acts of graft and cor­rup­tion to their neme­ses, oth­ers would re­sort to touch­ing even the personal ac­tiv­i­ties of their preys. They dis­cuss to the pub­lic even the most pri­vate sto­ries or acts of some politi­cians as a way to de­stroy­ing the rep­u­ta­tion of their op­po­nents come elec­tion time.

Speak­ing of acts of anom­alies or ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the per­for­mance of their du­ties and func­tions, con­tenders some­times re­sort to le­gal means by fil­ing charges against their ri­vals. Chal­lengers usu­ally do this against those politi­cians who are in­cum­bents to their po­si­tions.

The mere fil­ing of a case against an in­cum­bent of­fi­cial al­ready puts him in a bad light and be sub­jected to a trial by pub­lic­ity since many are not that ac­tu­ally par­tic­u­lar and aware of the nitty gritty of such fil­ing.

The one who has been filed a case with on the other hand, whether the al­le­ga­tions or true or not, may al­ways find an easy al­ibi and that is his ex­cuse that the fil­ing of a case was “po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated”.

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Streets and places are be­com­ing dirty again with tar­pau­lin posters with pho­tos of peo­ple who filed their cer­tifi­cates of can­di­dacy a few months ago. On the said posters are their names writ­ten in bold let­ters in­clud­ing their ad­vo­ca­cies or slo­gans.

Ev­i­dently, these tar­pau­lin posters or the post­ing of such, do not nec­es­sar­ily vi­o­late any in­clud­ing elec­tion laws. Mi­nus the word “vote” or “re-elect”, those who post tar­pau­lin posters can­not be held li­able of any law or st at u t e.

Along our ex­press­ways, big bill­boards are not spared from politi­cians and po­lit­i­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions. They can vividly seen by any­one pass­ing through the free­ways and are vis­i­ble re­minders of the near­ing elec­tion cam­paign.

Early ad­ver­tis­ing of politi­cians or po­lit­i­cal groups if not called early cam­paign­ing, is in­tended for vot­ers as a “name re­call” strat­egy of some who as­pire for po­lit­i­cal po­si­tions. Some­times, it pays to be pop­u­lar even be­fore the cam­paign pe­riod.

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How do you know what your life will be like to­mor­row?

Your life is like the morn­ing fog- it is here a lit­tle while, then it is gone.

WHILE our minds agree that in­deed, life is short, it seems that it is not sink­ing into our hearts. We need a jolt like the earth­quake to make us see this mor­bid and yet lib­er­at­ing as­pect of life when seen from a godly per­spec­tive. James is ask­ing us to come to terms with the re­al­ity that ap­plies in this life and in the af­ter­life. What mat­ters the most is not our earthly am­bi­tions but our spir­i­tual des­tiny. Con­nected to spir­i­tual des­tiny is our present choices. The com­pli­ca­tions of our lives to­day are di­rect re­sults of the de­ci­sions of yes­ter­day! While there is time, sur­ren­der to

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