It would be frustrating if indeed Senator Manuel Roxas loses to Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay in the race for vice presidency. But well, in a political exercise such as this, campaign strategies create big surprises.
Whether its "Noy-Bi" or "Noy-Mar," I guess we can still unite in congratulating the new government (at least hindi "Erap-Nay") as we share a great hope for better, new things to come for Da Pelepens. And, for all we know, a Jejo-Mar partnership under the Noynoy Aquino administration is going to do wonders! Basta ba lahat ng gagawin nila ay maka Noy-Pi. :)
Equally frustrating for me, though not really surprising, is seeing actors Bong Revilla and Jinggoy Estrada topping the senatorial race, and Lito Lapid likely making it to the "Magic 12." There are other candidates better suited for the Philippine Senate.
Sure, actors or ex-actors could be great politicians as (now) Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista has proven. But I'd rather have real legislators take the places of Estrada, Lapid and Revilla who I still think are better fitted for the PambansangTakilya than for the Batasang Pambansa.
Despite my misgivings about the national polls, I would have to join the nation in giving the thumbs up to the success of our first automated elections, made possible through the concerted efforts of various stakeholders/interest groups in the country. In the next polls, we can expect a swifter casting and transmission of votes.
The media as a whole has done a superb job keeping the public well-informed (oh yes, at times, misinformed by black propaganda on television, radio and the newspapers) and for proving that that our country is still home to volunteerism and vigilance. Along with the automated voting system, the media's holographic and "virtual presence" effects have also thrilled the nation.
The military and police forces have certainly gained credibility for doing their best to help keep the polls generally peaceful. It was a joy seeing our armed forces augmented by a great army of volunteers from different churches and other institutions.
And who would forget our thousands of teachers who have unfailingly helped secure the sanctity of the ballot. TGFT! (Thank God For Teachers!) I hope they get their long overdue salary increases and additional benefits!
May 10, 2010 is one great, shining day for the Philippines. Our continuing task is to sustain our participation in governance as we help our new leaders make Da Pelepens a better place to live in.