Glad to wake up that elections are over and that as far as the Social Weather Station (SWS) poll survey predictions of senatorial winners are concern, it is coming out realistically true.
But, just the same it is giving me the post-election blues knowing that, both in the national and local levels, there are winners that should have been losers and losers that should have been winners.
The misgiving one has about the election process really differs during the pre-election and post-election events.
At the time when the political parties start forming up their slate, ones concern is about the competency of the candidates.
We pose questions like:
It is fare for the electorate that somebody influential and in power could just thrust his son or daughter to be a candidate in the senate and expect them to win,not because of their capability and capacity to perform the job ably, but rather because of the ‘magical’ name of a Binay, Estrada and Enrile they carry?
Why has the party chosen someone to run for election or re-election, when he or she hasn’t done anything exceptional?
Is electing the notorious, the rich, the famous, the good-name recall, the new norm now for those crafting the laws of the land and leading the local and national governments, and to be educated and brilliant, with an outstanding track record, an exception to the rule?
We see Nancy Binay up there among the winners, who has now the gall to say that she wishes Risa Hontiveros would win so she can debate with her at the senate, when she knows very well that the latter could not make it. Note that Hontiveros was challenging Binay to a debate in the heat of their campaigns.
JV Ejercito Estrada, the son of Erap, made it, too, thanks for the name.
Not too lucky is Jack Enrile, the son of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, who I don’t think has the astute mind of the father, and, therefore, not a big loss to the country.
But, you have Gringo Honasan holding tightly in the 12th position joining Antonio Trillanes, both military renegades turned lawmakers, completing the list of winners in the senatorial race.
In the local level, alas, we have Joseph “Erap” Estrada back in harness as Mayor of Manila. Only in the Philippines can you see a convicted plunderer turning the table against a well known crime-buster in the person of Alfredo Lim.
Having said the above, this brings me now to my post-election misgiving.
If we have winners that should have been losers and losers that should have been winners, it is simply because most Filipinos continue to be sentimental, subjective, and inane in choosing whom they want to be their leaders.
Look where Grace Poe-Llamanzares has landed in the senatorial race?
Her topping the race defied surveys and exceeded expectations. Not that she is incompetent because for sure she is better than Nancy Binay, but for a neophyte to clobber even the old reliable ones speak volumes of how we are as an electorate.The Poe name surely made a big difference.
Ramon Magsaysay Jr., a competent former senator, got lost in the shuffle.
And, look where Jinkee Pacquiao is heading, for crying out loud!
The way we vote in some areas sadly describes what has become of some us – losers.