Of hon­esty, sham­ing, and elec­tions

Sun.Star Pampanga - - STORIES! -

UN­DER­STAND that you have to

out ev­ery de­cent-look­ing strate­gies you have on your sleeves to top on the dur­ing elec­tion cam­paign pe­rios—no mat­ter how sin­is­ter or dirty your meth­ods may re­ally be.

So some­one fi­nally spilled the beans. Imee Mar­cos lied about her de­gree, and then one politi­cian and elec­toral can­di­date af­ter an­other tried to com­ment on these to make an im­pres­sion: That ly­ing is bad, im­moral, and should not be tol­er­ated.

One even tried to clev­erly at­tach the “ly­ing is­sue” with his cam­paign slo­gan on pub­lic mar­kets. Can­di­dates may re­sort to rid­ing on some is­sues and re­lease state­ments that may start con­ver­sa­tions in hopes that their names would be brought to the spot­light.

Later on, ed­u­ca­tional de­gree re­quire­ments to run for pub­lic of­fice were raised once more.

Are ed­u­ca­tional de­grees re­ally that much of an is­sue to run for of­fice?

I un­der­stand that one’s ed­u­ca­tional back­ground may tell some­thing about a per­son’s ca­pa­bil­ity to hold of­fice and de­liver their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties: in de­sign­ing laws and, in to­tal, gov­ern­ing a coun­try. Fur­ther­more, one’s back­ground may also in­flu­ence a voter to choose a cer­tain can­di­date.

How­ever, the Philip­pine Con­sti­tu­tion may have been right when it did not re­quire can­di­dates to pos­sess cer­tain ed­u­ca­tional at­tain­ments to run for of­fice and be elected. It is be­cause one’s ed­u­ca­tion “may” only tell ca­pa­bil­i­ties and is not the only fac­tor for suc­cess in gov­er­nance.

Through­out his­tory, we al­ready had lead­ers who had tall lists of achieve­ments and had stud­ied in the most renowned schools in the Philip­pines and abroad, but had still com­mit­ted a blun­der or two.

I do agree that de­spite the pos­si­ble lack of de­gree a can­di­date may have, one’s abil­i­ties in gov­er­nance and lead­er­ship should be con­sid­ered in choos­ing a can­di­date—not just one’s prior rep­u­ta­tion.

Imee Mar­cos and other can­di­date’s ed­u­ca­tional back­ground is not the real is­sue. It may have been her ly­ing, but I do not agree with how a can­di­date should be shamed be­cause of the lack of diplomas he or she may have.

Her is­sue should not be­come a spring­board or ba­sis to re­quir­ing ed­u­ca­tional re­quire­ments to ex­er­cise one’s right to run for of­fice.

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