|Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz|
Political campaigns have already started loud and clear — no matter what the law provides, irrespective of the time and place of the campaigns are staged. The unsaid truth is that it is Malacañang that is the very first to engage in new partisan political alignments — silently and surreptitiously. Everybody else is but following the preemptive move it made in the eagerly awaited forthcoming combat in the political arena. The personal and/or professional attributions of the aspirants for political offices are irrelevant. Who you are, what you have and what can you do — these are what really count!
In other words, what really matter is how much money and power do the candidates have and wield respectively, what political dynasties are behind them, and what influence do they exercise — with or without the use of guns and goons. The ultimate intent is to win the elections — be these computerized or manual, be it the list of voters authentic or a big joke. Lying during the political campaigns is a necessary practice; in the same way that cheating in the elections is done as a matter of course. To win the elections irrespective of the ways and means of doing it — this is standard practice..... MORE
Source: The Daily Tribune