A lot of people are crying in disbelief about the results of the Philippine Senatorial Elections. I mean why even be shocked? There are those saying that majority of the voters are stupid. I did not get to vote because I was not registered in any of the precincts, still I think pointing fingers at the voters is not fair to those who did cast their votes in good faith. It just that there are just too many uneducated, that the only thing they hang onto is the name recall. As long as it is familiar they pick that name and add it to the list. Yes, it is that simple.

If we really want to change the people who get elected, maybe it is time for COMELEC to screen through the candidates. Okay, so Nancy Binay cannot even win a debate over an 8-year old then why did the supposed bright people allow her to even file for candidacy?  The same goes for Grace Poe. Great leaders like Gordon, Hagedorn and Hontiveros do not stand a chance even if elections will get held yearly. No chance just because undeserving people are allowed to run. The end result is not the problem, the whole farce of a having a qualification is.

Qualifications for Senator are found under Section 3, Article VI of the 1987 Constitution, to wit: “No person shall be a Senator unless he is a natural-born citizen of the Philippines and, on the day of the election, is at least thirty-five years of age, able to read and write, a registered voter, and a resident of the Philippines for not less than two years immediately preceding the day of the election.”

Given the above fact, everyone can qualify regardless of their competence. So since our government has not changed nor made stricter guidelines in filing for candidacy any Tom, Dick and Harry can and will run. Thus every election, we will just get all the clowns and their bag of tricks. Sadly no substance there, only tomfoolery and once the smoke screen of happiness abates the country will be left wretched.



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