Incumbents have more chances to win, because.... PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 April 2016 14:15

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

 

Every election, incumbents have better chances to win because they pay more. Let us not be a hypocrite, let us face the truth. Vote buying is always here to stay because vote sellers are everywhere in the country. Anybody who refutes this reality is a liar. The biggest vote buyers are those in power, they have all the means and savings as a traditional politician and for that matter, no veteran politician is exempted from this anathema. More fingers are pointed to those candidates who run every election and try his luck every time he loses an election.

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Waging an election campaign is an expensive venture. Politics is like a business venture,  the bigger your investment, the bigger your chances of a “return of investment” (ROI). Brand Table Talk a maverick for telling the truth, instead of publicly maintaining the ideals, of a “principled politician”, as being propagated by concerned groups and the religious sector, for the common good, but Table Talk cannot deny and hide the realities of time. It has to unmask the truth —  also for the common good.

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In some instances anybody who wanted to be a candidate of a political party, a certain party contribution is required and this goes by the hundred thousands of pesos or perhaps a million pesos, depending on the position you want to run. This pooled personal contribution will be used by the party for campaign expenses and the irony is this personal contributions are over and above from the campaign funds given to the local party, from the national political hierarchy. It is not surprising why straight voting occurs in the counting of votes, usually for the dominant party in power.

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In Zamboanga City politics, candidates may not be required to give party contribution and they are lucky. But this is a very rare privilege, where the party spends for all the campaign expenses, except for a candidate’s personal insurance to win by alleged “vote buying”, which is purely a personal campaign expenses of a candidate. This maybe perceived in “bad taste”, but a candidate in Zamboanga City has to shell out and come across for a better chance to win. A neophyte and first termer candidate is assured of a participation and recognition in a political party’s campaign rallies and sorties, but chances of winning depends on your capacity to wage a personal vote garnering gimmick. Gone are the days when voters look for a candidate’s “qualifications”  and these principled voters are now few and not enough to make a candidate win even in the barangays. Sometimes, you may think, the good does not always prevail.

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Today’s election is far, far different from those days, when voters go voluntarily to political rallies to listen to a candidate’s platform of government and have a good idea of their qualifications. Today most voters are given free ride and meals to attend political rallies and expect to bring home something when they go home. This is a sign of failure by those preaching for good and clean government, because the failure and error started from the very beginning of a political campaign. Nobody can stop this practice now, lest you get the ire of the people, who believe that this is their only chance to get a share after being neglected by the government for the past three years. The problem of corruption and government neglect is deeply rooted in the people’s mind, in this country. Very bad for the Philippines but it is happening.

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Scoop:”No man can be a patriot on an empty stomach” —  W.C. BRANN: The Iconoclast. Agree or disagree..