My thoughts on PiliPinas Debates 2016 Part 2 ?>

My thoughts on PiliPinas Debates 2016 Part 2

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With about 2 months left before the Philippine national elections, every voter definitely needs to watch as much public fora (featuring all presidential aspirants) as possible to ensure they are fully informed on the candidates respective political platforms.

SEE: Second presidential debate: Less commercials, tougher questions for candidates

On Palm Sunday, the 4 presidential candidates (minus Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago) were gathered again, this time in UP-Cebu to tackle the burning national issues and how they plan to go about it should they be elected to the highest post in the land.

As of the moment though, Ava and I have yet to identify the presidential candidate who we will be voting as we continue to read and study their profiles.

Personally, as responsible voters, it’s high time that we get rid of the popularity voting, which for decades, hardly made any difference in our country.

While actors, actresses, athletes and what have you, have the right to run for public office, reality is, not everyone is cut out for public service.

Public service requires more than just a nice-sounding slogans or popular screen names to earn a spot in the public office.

It takes a lot of political will to carry on his/her job, a lot of heart for service to the citizenry as well as integrity all the time, considering the widespread corruption besetting our government past and present.

Social media buzzed during the hour-and-a-half-long delay of PiliPinas Debates Part 2 on Sunday (March 20) due to Vice Pres. Jojo Binay’s insistence to bring his notes with him on stage.

SEE: Cebu presidential debate delay: Can candidates bring notes?

But that was just the beginning, because when the debate kicked off past 6:30 p.m., Binay and secretary Mar Roxas had “hilarious” verbal exchanges on the topic of corruption.

Sen. Grace Poe and Mayor Rodrigo Duterte also had their moments as they each engaged Roxas in the issue on the kind of leadership the latter had during his watch as secretary of DILG and DOTC.

After the PiliPinas Debates 2016, I wrote down some points which I feel are important as we choose which president to elect:

  • Decisiveness – I hope we don’t get carried away by the excellently sounding arguments or speeches. At the end of the day, leaders need to be decisive because once elected, they will be besieged with hundreds of issues that will require snappy decisions.
  • Track record – what have these candidates done during their respective political careers, before deciding to run for the highest post in the land?
  • Know-how and follow-through – Running a country is completely different from just coming up with fine-sounding platforms. As Mayor Duterte actually said during the debates, implementation is what the government lacked for the longest time.
  • Moral standard – it’s one area that is critical as we elect someone into public office. The Philippines, being the only Christian nation in Asia, I hope that the 40-million-strong Filipino voters will consider the candidates’ moral standards and above all, weigh and choose according to what we truly believe in.

Let’s pray that God will give each voter the wisdom to make wise decisions.

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