Winnabil­ity

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THE COM­MIS­SION ON ELEC­TIONS has for­bid­den can­di­dates from at­tend­ing, and speak­ing at, grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies and other sim­i­lar ac­tiv­i­ties de­signed to sway or woo vot­ers.

It has is­sued res­o­lu­tions and guide­lines for can­di­dates to ob­serve in­clud­ing sizes of posters, tar­pau­lins and bill­boards and pre­scribed the sites where the ad­ver­tise­ments must be placed. The lat­ter is of­ten cir­cum­vented and the can­di­dates al­ways find novel ways to put up their ads. It be­comes the tra­di­tional mouse-and­cat game, a catch-me-if-you-can dare. Wel l ...

We are given sev­eral choices for Sen­a­tors. The ones with name re­call, par­tic­u­larly the re­elec­tion­ists un­der­stand­ably lead the var­i­ous sur­veys and they in­tend to keep their place in the rank­ings. How much must they spend for the na­tion­wide cam­paign? I was in­formed that these amounts cover the na­tion­wide sor­ties, tele­vi­sion, ra­dio and news­pa­per ads and socilal me­dia posts. Whew!

Bayan Muna sen­a­to­rial as­pi­rant Neri Col­menares and his ilk are com­plain­ing about the un­fair com­pe­ti­tion with the mon­eyed as­pi­rants. With­out a na­tion­wide net­work funded by mil­lions, nay, bil­lions of pe­sos, their cam­paign sor­ties are bound to fal­ter. And their woes keep mounting ev­ery day.

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In the oath-tak­ing cer­e­monies (March 3, Sun­day), the of­fi­cers and board of di­rec­tors of the Fi­esta Com­mu­ni­ties Ma­bal­a­cat City Home­own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion Inc., led by Pres­i­dent Rozel Kaye Fer­nan­dez and VP Rod Mo­nis, had for their speak­ers Mayor Crisos­tomo C. Garbo, for­mer barangay cap­tain and now Coun­cilor can­di­date Jerry D. Magsino, for­mer barangay cap­tain Ran­nie de Leon, now run­ning for coun­cilor and Ralph Lau­ren ‘Basti’ David, a for­mer Dau ka­gawad and now as­pir­ing also to be­come a City Counci l or.

In his speech, Mayor Garbo de­cried the un­fair tac­tics of his de­trac­tors and op­po­si­tion can­di­dates and called on the at­ten­dees, res­i­dents of Fi­esta Com­mu­ni­ties, to be wise and dis­creet in choos­ing who to vote for in the com­ing May elec­tions.

Messrs. Magsino, de leon and David ex­plained their vi­sions and plat­forms for the city and spoke on their past ser­vice records and asked for the at­ten­dees’sup­port.

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Name re­call and good, past ser­vice records of can­di­dates con­trib­ute im­mensely to their winnabil­ity at the polls.

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