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The Day After Tomorrow
« on: May 23, 2007, 05:10:40 PM »
By Priscilla A. Richards
published in the Bohol Standard (5/20/2007)

Good day to all our readers I can now say I came, I saw and I have observed the Philippines campaigns and elections first hand?

I must say in comparison the election process is very different here and some what unfair n allot of ways.

I observed plenty of vote buying particularly amongst the mayor races here before and during the Election Day itself? For me it is sad to see that people here are that hard up and have to be bought cheap for the rest of what is to be the next three ears in their future?

I had heard allot of complaints from voters as they came up to me and seen me with my COMELEC ID on they immediately thought I was sent from the U.S.A. to observe any wrong doings here?

They also pleaded with me the voters to do something about the wrongfulness that was being conducted during the elections.

I asked them why they could not be the one to report to the COMELEC themselves.

Most of the same answers I got where they were afraid of any aftershocks that might happen if they were the ones caught reporting elections problems.

I had even encountered one instance when an incumbents mayors truck full of his campaign posters went inside of the City Central Elementary Campus full of his campaign staff and observed them handing out envelopes with carbon ink papers and P500.00 bills inside of them?

When I chased after them they ran off and one guy had dropped his envelope minus the money inside of it.

When I had asked the truck driver of this particular mayor what was his business to go inside the voting headquarters and remained parked for almost 40 minutes her ran like a bat out of **** into his parked campaign truck and headed very quick like to the gate going out to the main road.

When I had approached several of the guys I had witnessed getting envelopes I asked them what it was and how much was it that they had received they just laughed at me as if they thought it was pretty cool to be bought our dirt cheap.

I was amazed that the polls closed at 3:00 o’clock PM

I thought about the polls in my place closing at 8:”00 o’clock PM and allowing those who work days to be able to make it to the polls to vote as well.

I also noticed plenty of finished voters loitering around the election grounds when the voting was being conducted. There was not any uniformed guards or policemen who wanted to control the voters inside who where finished voting and should have been long gone from the premises after doing so.

The PNP on duty had informed me that they are only there to make sure the voting boxes are transported safely from the premises?

Plenty of tricycle drivers where upset with the results of the mayor win in Tagbilaran City, and plenty of the voters I had polled earlier in the day had made it sound like it was going to be a good possible chance of Joe Torralba winning over incumbent mayor Dan Lim.

Some voters said they had to leave spaces blank because they simply do not understand what’s going on with said particular resolutions.

The day after the election I headed to Guindulman to help in hosting and judging for a local barangay pageant for young girls and teen aged girls. The pageant was held in the basketball court just past the poblacion of Guindulman along the National Highway and during the event a motorcyclist had ended his life in front of the crowd as he had not been paying attention to the road and instead watching the event.

I was on stage going over the criteria of judging and next thing I knew he was crashing near to the stage and some one yelling “PATAY” the place had emptied out very fast with its some 200 plus persons in attendance.

The next night the disco had been cancelled for the barrio fiesta since the motorist had an accident there and died instantly in front of all of us the night before.

On the way to Guindulman that same day before the pageant I had seen another accident that involved a small car that was totaled out and multicab that was flipped over on its side.

Maybe it is not a good ideal to lock up the liquor for two days as both drivers where drunk after the liquor ban was life?

Even foreigners were banned from buying for the two days during the elections.

We do not even vote.

The liquor is not banned on Election Day back home.

I hope the people here can learn from this column on how it looks like from an outsider’s point of view and learn from it?

I personally fell aside from the vote buying it was very peaceful election on the local side.

Thank You!

Precious Thoughts

Romans 10:9
"That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved."

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Re: The Day After Tomorrow
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2007, 06:20:10 PM »
Its a shame but its very true  :(
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Re: The Day After Tomorrow
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2007, 11:08:47 AM »
Perhaps it's not so different in other countries - just more organised and subtle.

USA - The Florida voting list is organised to eliminate 20000 black (probably Dem) voters.  That wasn't enough to sway the vote so the Rep. lawyers selectively decided which ballots to hand count and which not to - in their favour.  This decides the presidency.
UK - the current government would win the next election even if they got 32% of the votes and the main opposition party got 40%.  It's all about reorganising election boundaries and the electoral system there.


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« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2007, 12:49:45 PM »

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