are filipino voters idiots?
cartainly that question must have popped in all our minds once, at the very least! the country has gone through so many elections. and in so many times, the governement officials filipino voters elected turned out to be duds – not only failures in their office but corrupt even. we have seen that not only in local elections but also and most specially and sadly in national elections.
surely it’s mostly the elected officials’ fault. they did court us with seductive promises of salvation and profress during the campaign. but when they took office, they have forgotten all of it and did exactly the reverse of what they promised in the campaign.
does that mean filipino voters are idiots that we are so dumb in judging character and integrity? so, filipino voters are idiots, right?
again sadly, that does not end there. not only do we vote them once, we even re-elect them. and if they are no longer running for elective office for some term extension prohibition, we elect their spouses or children instead. so, filipino voters are idiots?
it has been written so often by so many – filipino voters also have very short memories. like we all suffer from amnesia or schizophrenia when government officials who have obviously, some even convicted for crimes some years ago, we elect them into office now. it’s like we take it upon ourselves to rehabilitate the evil and the criminal.
the last senatorial elections seemed to have changed. filipino voters DID NOT vote famous actors. the previous thinking was that actors are a sure thing in elections. but that did not happen in the last election. not even close as the actors who ran for office go so few votes that they were not even on contention at any point during the election.
in fact that senatorial election was a landmark election in demonstrating filipino voters were smart. we elected most of the opposition senators, sure, as a protest vote as most elected them in the desire to prevent senatorial candidates from the admin party to get into office. arroyo then (till now) was largely unpopular and unwanted and the voters made sure none of her candidates won even though the admin candidates had the political machinery, had local government officials campaigning for them and boasted of good GDP increases. the people simply did not believe the claims of the admin that the economy.
even senator trillanes a military man who led a military revolt against arroyo won the election. trillanes was in jail during the campaign period. he was not able to campaign at all. had some advertising but the amount was equivalent to pennies compared to the amount spent by other candidates, even zero if you compare it to what an admin senatorial candidate, pichay spent during the campaign. pichay was the highest spender in advertising among all candidates. he was not at all a contender.
that senatorial election redeemed the filipino voters as no longer idiots but smart ones.
are filipino voters smart or idiots?