To be in power in a democracy, you must first win an election.
In review and in prospect
There's not much left to be said about this year's national elections. It has been described over the last 12 to 18 months using many adjectives in hyperbole — the most important, the most bitter fought, and the most lopsided among others. However, most will agree (some loudly, others through clenched jaws), from whatever partisan camp they may affiliate themselves with, that these elections spell the return to power of the Marcoses. According to the most reliable, most soundly-collected and analysed data, administration candidates Bongbong Marcos and Sara Duterte are set to become the Philippines' next president and vice president respectively.
There is but one and only one score that determines who gets to be Philippine Government executives and legislators in a Philippine-style democracy: the number of votes one attracts during an election. Opposition partisans, particularly the most rabidly anti-Marcos among them associated with the Yellowtard camp of “vice president” Leni Robredo, insist that any outcome of these elections that is not in their favour spells disaster for the Filipino people. That will be something each voter will decide for themselves today.
Democracy is at work today. The outcome of these elections will represent the will of the Filipino Voter.
Last week's blog posts
May 8, 2022 by ChinoF
"I’d say this hostage drama did not really contribute to ending apartheid, but stiffened defense against it. If you keep taking hostages or commit terrorist acts, the more we won’t give, say most governments."
May 6, 2022 by benign0
"The poor Leviste boy’s 'entire life has collapsed'. How horrid. Did someone call an ambulance?"
May 4, 2022 by ChinoF
"Internet trolls likely had little effect on the growth of the Marcos legend. Such efforts depend anyway on what has already been built offline and only serve to affirm what people have already been believing for a long time."