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Monday, December 17, 2012

Political Parties Only Promote Political Whores and Entertainers



“Here are the major political parties that had sprung up since 1986.

When you read the list, please ask yourself the following questions:
  • Whatever did these parties stand for, really?
  • How have these parties improved the lot of the poverty-stricken majority?
  • How can parties be more inclusive, engaged with the people and not remain games that our political elite play?
You will notice that political parties in the Philippines never break up over questions of policy or principle, but simply due to the personalities involved.



UNIDO (United Nationalist Democratic Organization)was led by Salvador Laurel. It allied with PDP-Laban after its senior leaders persuaded Laurel to shelve his presidential ambition and run alongside Corazon Aquino in 1986. Unido died with Laurel.

PDP-Laban – started as a coalition of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino of then Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Aquilino Pimentel Jr. and Laban (Lakas ng Bayan) of then former Senator Benigno Aquino Jr.  in the 1980s. It fielded Corazon Aquino for president in 1986.

Liberal Party – fielded Jovito Salonga for president in 1992. He lost. Fielded Senator Benigno Aquino III in 2010. He won.

Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) – businessman Eduardo Cojuangco formed NPC in order to run in the 1992 presidential elections. He lost. He kept it on anyway because it proved to be a useful tool to protect his business interests.

LDP – Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino – was born out of a 1988 split in PDP-Laban between the Pimentel faction and the Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. faction. It fielded Ramon Mitra Jr. as presidential candidate in 1992. Mitra lost. In 1998, it fielded Edgardo Angara as Joseph Estrada’s vice-presidential running mate. Angara lost.

Partido Lakas ng Tao – Because LDP chose Mitra to be its presidential candidate iin 1992, Fidel Ramos bolted from LDP to form this party and run for president against Mitra in 1992. Ramos won.

Puwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) – Joseph Estrada used this to run for vice-president in 1992. He won.

LAMMP – In 1998, Estrada’s PMP allied with Angara’s LDP to form LAMMP (Laban ng Makabayang Masang Pilipino). Estrada won but Angara lost.

Lakas-Kampi – In 1998, Lakas fielded Jose de Venecia for president. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Vicente Sotto III both bolted LDP to form Kampi (Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino). Lakas allied with Kampi.

Kampi – Mrs. Arroyo and Sotto (now a senator) formed Kampi in order to run for president and VP, respectively, in 1998. But the partnership was short-lived.  Sotto’s involvement with an arrested drug lord surfaced and Arroyo slid down to be De Venecia’s running mate.

Koalisyon ng Nagkakaisang Pilipino (KNP) – was formed from a core of LDP to back the candidacy of Fernando Poe Jr. in 2004. LDP, however, split up on this. One faction supported Poe while the other faction backed the presidential bid of Panfilo Lacson.

Nacionalista Party – When Senator Manuel Villar bought the late Vice-President Salvador Laurel’s house, he negotiated the acquisition of the Nacionalista Party brand, too, from Laurel (The Unido had disintegrated and Laurel decided to simply revive the pre-Martial Law Nacionalista Party). Villar used the Nacionalist Party to be his campaign vehicle in 2010. He lost.

UNO – United Opposition – is the alliance of Binay’s PDP-Laban and Estrada’s PMP for the 2010 elections. Estrada lost but Binay won.

UNA – Early this year, Binay renamed UNO into UNA as the vehicle for the 2013 midterm elections. And possibly his 2016 presidential run.”
“What exactly is different between the various political parties?
“Our parties split & grow like amoeba”

HAS any of you experienced being sick with “amoebiasis”, a chronic kind of diarrhea that can liquefy even when food ingested is hard and solid as steel. BUROROS is the local term.
Are our politicians most virulent amoebas?

Amoeba is unicellular. IT MULTIPLIES faster under light and darkness like cancerous cells.

Ever wondered why Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere’s other title is SOCIAL CANCER?
Our political system clearly is one of the huge factor why we see a lot of clowns in the government. 

Most of the political parties in our country are personality based instead of principle, platform based political parties. Their principal aim is to get a place but not to serve the best interest of the country.
Its a high time that our country’s political party settings be changed.

I heard that congress is proposing a bill rationalizing this. I hope this bill will not end up catering the selfish interest of our “pulitikos.” Do not wait for this bill – which you and I know will be self-serving. Let us use our vote next year to change the politicians’ behavior.

I hope further that the “administration / opposition” settings in our congress will be eliminated. IMO this “administration / opposition” thing clearly shows how shallow our political system is, it is either you hate the administration because of reasons either personal, politcal, or “economical”.

Regardless of how good the motive of administration, if you are in the opposition bloc per se, it is most likely there will be no support at all. Unlike when our “pulitikos” are being governed by their political platforms and principle, and it is known to the public, the unity for common good and interest of the country will be the foremost consideration.

Why do politicians form political parties? – to pool together resources in order to gain promotional/campaign advantage, wider audience and sure supporters/voters (of course your party members and their friends, family, relatives, colleagues, etc.,are expected to vote for each member of the party). Joining a political party assures you of votes, irregardless of your qualifications or capability to serve efficiently and morally.
Since our government is personality-based, why not abolish all political parties all together?

This practice of setting up political parties continues to breed politicians who are nothing but popular entertainers ( crowd pleasers, smart talkers, guapitos and guapitas, etc.) and political whores (balimbings, sipsips, kabit dito – kabit doon, etc).” 

Though forming allies by way of a political party is the best strategy to win an election, the people should be able to see through this misrepresentation. A politician should be judge individually, and solely from his or her own personal accomplishments and deeds, and not by how “glamorous” or how well “advertised” his political party is.

If we continue to see political whores and entertainers in our government, then its either we got cheated once again, or majority of our people remain misinformed or starstrucked.

When will this cycle of stupidity end?

*credit of content and images to Raissa Robles and other cyber peeps too many to mention

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114 comments:

  1. I agree. Because sometimes we tend to like those parties that includes some artist politician. We should be wise in electing officials. We should give chance to others.

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  2. There are a lot of problems in our country, problems about poverty, economical problems, and here we go again with the issue on elections, about politics. I believe that a leader must serve because he deserves it and he is responsible enough. But in our country, things are in the opposite, most of the Filipinos tend to vote for candidates who always show their faces on ads. In the article, tons of political parties were shown, and what are these parties doing nowadays? Are they aiming for service or for just popularity? These political parties does not matter, because for me, a vote must be based on the person itself and not on the party he belongs to. Just like in the philosophy of the Greeks, a great ruler is the one who loves wisdom and not the one who loves money or other earthly possessions. Rainen, betsu no senkiyo ga aru daro u kono jikan ha jissai ni saabisu wo tekiyou suru ishi ga aru shidou sha wo katsu koto wo negatte imasu! (Next year, there would be another election and I hope that this time, leaders who really have the will to serve will win!)

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  3. We should not base the party list that have Famous Members or because they are Artists, we should vote for their excellence in facing our country's problems. The party lists should help in solving our country's problems not to entertain us so i hope that on the next election the deserve ones should win :)

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  4. Actually, I didn't finish reading the list of political parties which existed over the years. I found it (reading the whole list) pointless, anyway. Rizal's "social cancer" still deteriorates the country.
    Politicians are the greatest promise-breakers. They want just the place, the title. Serving us is just an option, and in most cases, it is never considered. I strongly agree to the author's calling our political system as a cycle of stupidity. It is absolutely stupid.
    Also, politicians are highly equipped with warfare skills in the political battle. They know how to gain allies. They know how to gain support. They want nothing but to come out triumphant.
    There's a thin line separating show business and politics. In both worlds, knowing how to strut your best is essential. You have to be presentable at all times, saint-like up to some extent. You have to be loved by the audience. You have to win their hearts in order to stay in the "limelight."
    To the politicians, what can I say? Didn't your English teacher teach you the pronouns "they, them, their, and theirs?" You seem to know only the pronouns "I, me, my, mine." Stupid English skills.

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  5. As we can see, there are many parties here in our country. But as we get to know more about them, we'll know the true story behind it. Parties tend to have the same aim that is, to maintain peace and organization. These parties were led by different group of politicians. Behind these things, there's that hidden agenda that made the representatives and leaders of each party connected. It must have been a question to all of us why. They promote people as public and social entertainers who are good in speaking, fast-influencer, and so on that can get the attention and votes of the people. We should realize that this thing is not good for us and for the government itself because it's just like they're using their popularity to get more power.

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  7. I agree with the author. Finding politicians who have the will to serve the nation wholeheartedly is like finding "isaw" in a Japanese restaurant. Nearly impossible.
    It is hard to believe what politicians say in their campaigns. After all, they just show up whenever elections are near. And it is not new that almost all the things they have promised are forgotten and not held true. It is kind of sad that our leaders have intentions only for themselves and not for the service of others. They do everything in their power to gain victory but after that, their words become empty as they forget their platforms and promises. It is up to us then, to vote the leaders worthy of the years in the high positions in the government. But how come useless officials are being elected? We must thoroughly think about our decisions before electing someone. Fame from acting in dramas and hosting shows will not make a person knowledgeable in the field of politics. The number of face-studded posters will not make someone worthy of the title of "Senator" or "Mayor". What will make someone worthy of those positions in the government is the will to serve. We just need to choose the politicians who have the true intentions and not politicians who have masks under their power-hungry hearts. The question is, "How will we determine the good from the bad?".

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  8. There are many problems here in our country but how can we solve it if the true desires our leaders is not for the goodness of all but for themselves. Finding politicians who are willing to serve for his countrymen is really hard, it takes a lot of time to prove someone who has the ability and the qualities.
    Politicians show up when campaign period comes. They give a lot to the people just to gain their support and vote. They seem to be the most generous person in the world but behind is the is their motive, to use the people.
    People should be smart enough not to believe to those flowery statements of the politicians, people should not be bought by the things given to them people should choose the leader who is real and just,

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  9. Almost all politicians have been this way since as long as anyone else could remember. All they ever do is lie to the people, take from the people, and use the people. They're the kind of people who you think you could trust at first, but transform into monsters as time pass by. They propose tons of projects at first that would "develop" the country, city, or whatever; then end up with none. Then you'd see their faces on posters, greeting citizens a merry Christmas or a happy fiesta and stuff like that. The thought of that annoys me. By the way, why do people even elect useless politicians like that? Just because he's some famous star or a relative of a former politician, does that mean that he or she has the ability to serve the people? I guess we're all deceived by their words. Pinch me, I must be having a nightmare.

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  10. When I asked myself the questions written in the article, I can’t find answers. I totally agree with the author. Most political parties are just made for the politicians’ own benefit. I think politicians spend more time thinking about how they’ll win or how they’ll be able to gain people's support and money rather than thinking of great projects for our country and how they'll be able to implement it. Corruption is a part of this issue and it has been an unending issue in our government. We never get to resolve these problems because our politicians or should I say lawmakers are the ones doing this and don’t want to put an end in it because they are benefiting from it. But I believe that there are still politicians who are kind-hearted and are willing to help Filipinos. I just hope they get noticed while they still exist unlike Sec. Robredo, whose great works only got noticed when he died.

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  11. HEY FILIPINOS, move on. Go and try to solve things that have to be solved not rumored. we shouldn't talk about this because it's just a waste of time after all. Let us not be what others want us to be. Speak out and spark change! :)

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  12. Kathrine Cate MasilunganDecember 21, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    A lot of political parties were shown here, but what are they for? They are so many but still can’t make the Philippines as progressive as other countries. It is true that politicians nowadays are often celebrities or movie stars, and most are relatives and friends of former politicians. Yes, they use their popularity or their influence to gain votes for them to be leaders. Did they run for public service or just for them to gain popularity or worse, money? Are they worthy and responsible enough for the position? Maybe some are, but that’s not enough. ALL of our leaders should have the ability to make a change for our country. And this also lies in our hands. With all the economic, social and educational problems that our country has been facing, we all definitely have to step up and make a stand.
    As the citizens of this country, this coming election, we should choose carefully among the running personalities. Think of what they did, their ability to rule, and their heart. This may be simple, but this may be a life-changing decision.

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  13. Even though I'm too young to vote, I still consider the parties my parents are going to choose. I mean, some people tend to look at the representatives of the parties, if that person is an actress or a singer, then they will automatically vote for that party. We should consider others who are not that popular but they will do anything for our country instead of those good-for-nothing people.

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  14. I agree. With all those political parties in our country we should be experiencing what we call progess in our country's state. But what? Nothing ever changed. Although they come from a prestigious political party, it doesn't mean that they have what it takes to govern our country. We tend to base our politicians from their name, their party and even their popularity. After all, it doesn't mean anything when they're elected. It all comes down to their will to serve and capability to rule. In this coming election, we should think not twice but thrice about the people we're going to elect. Henkou wo kaishisuru jikan de, sore watashi tachi to kaishi sare masune. (I think it's time to start change and it starts with us.)

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  15. Niels Gabriel S. NableDecember 21, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    This society problem can never be solved, at least for me. You can't teach people to vote wisely in a blink of an eye. At the end of the day, famous personalities will go home with the title and just disregard their actual job. I just hope that the deserving ones will win the next election.

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  16. A lot of political parties were shown here, but what are they for? They are so many but still can’t make the Philippines as progressive as other countries. It is true that politicians nowadays are often celebrities or movie stars, and most are relatives and friends of former politicians. Yes, they use their popularity or their influence to gain votes for them to be leaders. Did they run for public service or just for them to gain popularity or worse, money? Are they worthy and responsible enough for the position? Maybe some are, but that’s not enough. ALL of our leaders should have the ability to make a change for our country. And this also lies in our hands. With all the economic, social and educational problems that our country has been facing, we all definitely have to step up and make a stand.

    As the citizens of this country, this coming election, we should choose carefully among the running personalities. Think of what they did, their ability to rule, and their heart. This may be simple, but this may be a life-changing decision.

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  17. For me, this is kinda' pointless. This won't open the eyes of other politicians, I guess. Politicians who are very famous and just want to corrupt money will always win. They have their own money. They can do whatever they want to. They will bring the titles. On the other hand, it doesn't imply that we're not going to vote wisely. The leaders are not just who can make change in this country. They are not just who can make a progress. We, citizens of this country can make a change. Small things may help. This will help us do big things. Like what they say, "AKO ANG SIMULA NG PAGBABAGO."

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  18. Self interest is what drives people to join political parties. Political parties were meant to support and be the representatives of the individual sectors of the society, for example, the disabled and the homeless. Now they are used to gain popularity and votes while not paying attention to their sector. I agree that if this goes on, we should just abolish this nonsense partylists so that individual people could vote for who is the person that is fit for the position

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  19. Philippines never had a clean election. I am beginning to think that democracy is really not what is the best for us. Voters is influenced easily and only a few vote wisely. I just hope the time will soon come that Filipino voters will be able to realize that they should do the right thing and their vote really matters. Three years from now, I can officially vote and I will never let myself be fooled with these schemes.

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  20. We should not generalize since there are still political parties who have upright intentions. Nevertheless, it is evident that most political parties use celebrities to ride on their political propagandas. They even include some celebrities in their line-up. (It should be noted that politics should never be intertwined with the church affairs, and now--with showbiz affairs!)

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  21. I really agree with the author of this article. The political parties should include great leaders that can help our country to change and progress. The parties should also have aims and objectives that can help all of the people of the Philippines and not only the rich and famous people. We should choose our leaders not because they are popular or they are sons or daughters of the former leaders. They only win because of their titles and trademarks. They should be leaders because they deserve to be leaders. They should be leaders because they are willing to solve the problems in the society and not because they want to get money from the people. If the political party's nonsense actions continue to go on, nothing good will happen to this country and we all might be poorer than we are today. We should be a good role model to others to produce good leaders. :).

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  22. I really don't know what's the real purpose of making these so called political parties. Sone of them are pro and some are anti-government. Do they have a special purpose in the government? I don't think so. In the present time, I think we should eliminate some of them and choose the best ones, right?? Those political parties should help the government in improving our country. Those names that were posted above and all the political parties that are existing should make changes in our society. I know that they don't have a huge power in controlling the country, but i think, they should use the power or the rights given to them in making small changes that will later become big.

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  23. Most political parties here in the Philippines have a good outside appearance due to the celebrities that promote them, but the truth is, they don't even do anything. And they suddenly appear during elections and broadcast their names.

    People must be wise in voting government officials, not just because they're sons of a hero or a former leader, but because of their achievements and their wisdom. I want to be optimistic as much as possible but when I look at people selling their votes for fifty pesos, I think again. People really must be educated when choosing leaders.

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  24. Political parties are everywhere. But where are the loyal officials? Wait... are there any?

    This is one of the main problems of our country. Those who are expected to be role models to the many are, unfortunately, the ones causing the delay to the improvement of our society. These parties keep on bashing each other to show that they are better than others but they can't really prove how good they are. They feed the nation with their lies and leave us with more hunger for the truth.

    Another problem of this country is that people tend to pick those who are popular. Nowadays, we can witness how entertainers like actors, actresses, and such are penetrating the political world. Some of them have the competence but others are only voted because they are famous. Because of this, the economy of our country remains the same or worse, it decreases.

    The current situation of our country implies that we have to change our ways. We must be wiser in making our decisions, especially in voting our officials. We must not elect people just because they possess fame and money, but they must also have the intelligence, competence and loyalty.

    We, Filipinos, are the ones responsible for the betterment of our homeland. Let us be open-minded to the problems of our society and let us work together to improve it.

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  25. “Promises are meant to be broken.” This line is proven by almost all the politicians. Why? It is because that’s what they do. When they get elected the only thing that runs in their mind is the power, title they have. Doing the right thing for the nation/people is just an OPTION sometimes they NEVER had a chance to consider it. Proving that they are unworthy of having that kind of power. I strongly agree to the author, saying that our political system is merely, purely stupidity.

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  26. Today's politicians?
    These are the human beings in politics who have sold their souls for huge sums of money from exploitative industries, called 'political contributions’ and have become POLITICAL WHORES. These are the humans who are selling the future of our nation and the collective futures of our children and grandchildren for material gain and personal power.
    I agree to the author,saying that we,Filipino citizens, have the real power!
    Wake up and stand up!

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  27. These politicians only want fame and power. They are only thinking about themselves. May I give you an example. In a group project, some of the students pick their friends as their members or some pick someone who is responsible or clever enough that can finish this project. In my own experience, a group whose members that are close with each other cannot finish the project properly. And a group who has the smartest member only rely that work on him/her. See? We can apply all these doings to politicians who form parties. And with that, I agree with the author that Political Parties only promote political whores.

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  28. WE CANNOT SAY THAT POLITICIANS ONLY WANT POWER OR FAME..... FOR WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY ARE THINKING EACH TIME OF THE DAY.

    Philippines has approximately, 7107 islands..... some of the islands are inhabited by Filipinos and other people. Those people are very diversed that they do have certain personalities that no one else have. We can't deny the fact that popularity among the people is a GREAT factor to win an election. But ALSO we can't deny the fact that According to OUR OWN CONSTITUTION, no one shall be deprived from running for an office......... even if it is in the form of political parties. WHORE? it is a hell- bending word to use for they are also people. whore is a woman/man who engages in sexual acts for money. Though it is metaphorically used we cannot say that THOSE POLITICAL PARTIES are promoting whores and only runs for the money. Like what i had said a while ago that people atre diversed. They are so DIVERSED that they have aspirations and dreams about our country. SO AS A CITIZEN OF THIS COUNTRY I CONTRADICT THIS BLOG. (purely opinionated)

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  29. This days politics is not all about leading the country for a better future, instead politicians made it for MONEY, POWER, and FAME. They are doing projects and programs that will only benefit themselves. Before the elections they had their beautiful platforms by using their flowery words just to get the vote of the people. Hey Filipino voters, WAKE UP! It's been a cycle that always happen. They make their promises and after that they had been already in that position they didn't able to fulfill their promises. So I believe that Political Parties Only Promote Political Whores and Entertainers.

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  30. In the past, the only recognized political parties were the Liberal Party and the Nacionalista party. And then, all of a sudden, when politicians would not get the endorsement of their parties to run for higher office, they would start to bolt and join other parties, or worse, establish their own group so they would be able to run as they please. Only in the Philippines, as some foreigner-friends of mine have said, can there be 10 or so political parties and everyone wanting to run for president. There does not seem to be respect for the decisions made by parties and its members so much so that if it goes against what they want, they move out and do their own thing. Sadly, this cycle seems to show no signs of ending and we are left to deal with this big circus called Philippine politics. Until such time that our politicians actually realize that they need to put what the people need first before their own ambitions, we are never going to be able to move forward.

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  31. “When will this cycle of stupidity end?” — I think this “cycle of stupidity” will never end. IRRESPONSIBLE voters always choose political parties with good-looking politicians and entertainers while RESPONSIBLE voters choose the righteous one. Using famous celebrities are just political parties’ strategies to win. I do believe that Political Parties only promote political whores and entertainers (because it’s often true, but not all of the time) but it’s up to the country’s citizen if they will vote for greedy and extremely desirous leaders for our country.

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  32. There is no end in this cycle. People keep on repeating the same mistakes over and over and over and over again. Political parties and such are their means on how they can win on the campaign, where they have the same motives on gaining power, fame and fortune. But what really is happening inside those political party? We as part of this country should know about what's happening inside and outside of the government. After the political parties have set their platforms, were they implemented? Yes at first. Were they continued? Yes i guess some. Were ALL platforms were finished? If so why does it seem like our country is not moving forward? They have money for their campaigns, tv ads and fliers but they don't have money for their platforms?! But its up to us, the people of this country and the people of the government to be wise enough and elect the right officials.

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  33. Popularity of a Political Party doesn’t means that a politician is to be elected. What is really the purpose of a Political Party? Is it to provide reputation or strength in each member? Many Filipinos has been a fan of popularity, let me give you an analogy. Filipinos would rather buy Samsung rather than Nokia because Samsung is much popular. Like in an election they would vote popular politician rather than those whom deserve to be voted. Well let us end this stupidity electing popular politician from many High ranking reputation Political Parties. Let us not do this, elect the deserving one not by advertisements, tarpaulins and fliers. Follow GMA Network advocacy “Iboto ang Totoo” because one vote can cause huge changes. So think TWICE.

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  34. A good leader is a good follower. First, government officials should know how to rule the society properly. They should know what's the real problem of the society. They should know how to use the money properly.Yes, they have a lot of money for their own advertisements but they don't know how to use it for their platforms or for the improvements of the society.And the problem with the people is that they're not voting for the right person. They just vote for the politician that they can see on TV or the ones who are popular. They feed us with their lies. Voters, don't just be attracted with the words they say. Think before you vote!

    "Political parties only promote political whores and entertainers". We're not voting for the political party itself. Don't just consider the popularity of the party. Most of entertainment figures enjoy their fame. It is a hard-earned reward especially that more and more enters showbiz industry. Whether they admit it or not, many of them uses their fame to win ambitions in the political arena.However, there are few showbiz personalities who are sincere in serving their people.

    So voters, Filipinos, we have the real power!

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  35. A Cycle is a never ending process.
    Nowadays, people are being practical. In voting, they would rather vote a celebrity than a deserving politician. why? because the person who watch that celebrity has a mind setting that he or she is rich, and that they could give financial help to people.
    But they're wrong. Filipinos should vote for the politician that is deserving and willing for that spot .

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  36. Patricia Jameel ArellanoDecember 26, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    I think its okay to have political parties. As long as they make their promises into reality once they get elected. To take action not for themselves, but for our country's betterment.

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  37. I agree that forming/joining political parties is an advantage and expect that their friends, families, etc are to vote for each member of the party. This "cycle of stupidity" will never end as long as there are these voters who base on the popularity of the politician without even considering if he/she is truly deserving for the position. When they get elected, some of the promises and the platforms are not implemented. Let's stop this stupidity by choosing the best leaders who have the will to serve. VOTE WISELY!

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  38. Basically, we cannot say that they do only promote political whores and entertainers! - Pajaron, Jose Mariecon*

    If I remember correctly**, during the election period prior to the reign of soon-to-be (with reference to that time frame) President Ferdinand Marcos, there were but two remarkable party lists. One was with Ferdinand Marcos, the other of Sergio Osmena. Anyway, it was a notably great election as Ferdinand Marcos and his colleagues were basically up against people who have had more experience regarding these matters. The two party-lists clashed, with Marcos' party-list winning. Anyway, even though his rule was considered chaotic by other people, in my opinion, it was quite a prosperous time, especially in terms of the economy, as the dollar to peso ratio was almost always 1 during that time. And considering how hard it was to restore peace during the 20th century after some noteworthy events happened, particularly the still-rebelling party of Aguinaldo (if I remember correctly) after the ownership of the Philippines was transferred to the United States and the Second World War. Anyway, back to the topic. What is the cause for this kind of evil is not the party-lists existence per se; it's basically because of the people who are part of it. Not all members of a certain party-list are political whores nor entertainers. Though some are indeed, it is not that we are voting the party-list in its self (though it is advised by the most popular in the party-list to vote them all); we are voting for individuals. That in its self does not make party-lists wrong. It is about the people who vote. We have the choice to vote or not (though voting is our duty, we can avoid it.). We also have the choice to pick whom to vote. What I think the author was supposed to be saying was that of people picking wisely. Well, it just really seems to me that he was kind of confused of what he really wanted to say (at least for me because saying party-lists should be eliminated is like a very wrong decision.). I recall a recent survey between voting the daughter of a certain former president who supposedly advocated peace (and she did, correctly), who was a very popular celebrity (HINT, HINT) and the son of also a certain former president who did great in his rule (and he did, though he made about one or two mistakes too grave), who was said to be a genius, with the former (the celebrity) winning instead. Well, not that I'm saying the people are stupid (they really are not). It's just that people are naturally inclined to vote for those that they know very well (even if said field is completely unrelated to being a great leader.). It is the people's own choice whether or not to eliminate all biases and vote based only on an individual's skill, experience, usefulness and activity (as working smarter is more effective than working harder, yet there must be 'work' in working smarter and not only 'smart'.).

    *Somewhat 87.5% of this is opinionated (even it seems true for me as I was unable to cite the source completely), sorry! XD But I did intend to use my own name in there.
    **Source was put up not in the internet, basically has source but can't be referenced to due to nature of source. That's the reason for '*'.

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  39. I strongly agree with author, in which the politicians are being chosen from their popularity and fame , and their accomplishments or their ability to lead. One good example is Sen lapid during the corona trial , during their decisions of he admitted that he did not understand a single thing in the trial. It is up for future generations( which is us ) up to decide whether to stick the cycle or break it and get out of the rut the Philippine politics has been for the last decades of stupidity and thinking in "reductio ad absursdum" or reduced to the absurd .

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  40. When will this “famewhore” impression on political candidates end? We should not generalize, ladies and gentlemen. We do not know what these candidates are really thinking and what they really want when they run as public officials.
    However, I agree on how ‘some’ just want to be dragged by their co-members’ (of their political party) fame to win an election. These are the politicians who spend more money, not just time, advertising their parties than radiating change and implementing betterment. But, this is a never ending issue, an issue that has been talked about for years but never resolved. I guess, the change will be left on our hands for the mean time. If we are wise voters, and if we really want what’s the best for our nation, who are we to vote for these politicians you call “famewhores”? So I guess, instead of wasting time hating political parties, let us take time to scrutinize candidates and vote for the right ones and start the change we want 

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  41. In the past, the only recognized political parties were the Liberal Party and the Nacionalista party. And then, all of a sudden, when politicians would not get the endorsement of their parties to run for higher office, they would start to bolt and join other parties, or worse, establish their own group so they would be able to run as they please. Only in the Philippines, as some foreigner-friends of mine have said, can there be 10 or so political parties and everyone wanting to run for president. There does not seem to be respect for the decisions made by parties and its members so much so that if it goes against what they want, they move out and do their own thing. Sadly, this cycle seems to show no signs of ending and we are left to deal with this big circus called Philippine politics. Until such time that our politicians actually realize that they need to put what the people need first before their own ambitions, we are never going to be able to move forward. I agree with the author on this note.

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  42. I don't agree that political parties only promote political whores and entertainers. We should know first the purpose of that political party before we say anything else.
    Political Whores and Entertainers? I know that we have our freedom of expression, but I don't think that it is rightful to state that. Maybe the members of that political parties are having their own strategy just to get the votes of the people. Celebrities and personalities have the right to lead the country, if and only if they passed the requirements in being politicians. But other politicians should not make those celebrities and personalities be the reason for political whores and entertainers. It is only the choice of the voters whether they'll vote for those celebrities and personalities. People have their freedom in voting for the best leaders. But people should think first before voting, because they should vote for those politicians who are worthy of their votes and deserving to be good leaders of the society.

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  43. "A politician should be judge(d) individually, and solely from his or her own personal accomplishments and deeds, and not by how “glamorous” or how well “advertised” his political party is."

    The aforementioned quotation from the selection I believe is the main thought. I agree that politicians seem to have a fun time skipping to and from a party to get a grip on their "known" member of the party.
    It is a shame that people cling unto fame. Some tend to be blinded out of their captivating campaign paraphernalia and actually the attractive visage of the running personalities. Slowly people focus not on the political blueprints of each individual but of the group. Which yields to a poor progressing set of county's representatives.
    Therefore, let us not be captives of the mellifluous words but rather hold on to who we believe is right and just.

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  44. Politicians these days run for the public offices not for service but power. Many of us are leaders but they cannot win because of these politicians are famous and have money. For me some positions in the government have biased judgment , the one who has money wins even though they don't have plans for a better future. By these things we cannot move forward.

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  46. The only way individuals are going to start actively paying attention to how they vote, and not just being a creation of where they live is if we eradicate the party system or reform it beyond recognition. I solely agree with the commentary above. And I contemplate that it is really time that we collectively ban political parties. An educated average class voter should not be persuaded by any political ads because of its mass-appealing background.

    According on the article above, a politician should be judge individually, and solely from his or her own personal accomplishments and deeds, and not by how “glamorous” or how well “advertised” his political party is and as a Filipino we should permanently put that in our mind.

    And why do we even have political parties?

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  47. Indeed this blog is purely-opinionated. As for me this is not a cycle, this became a habit. Why? we cannot remove such things its like in business ( commercials, advertisements, etc.)we cannot tell whether they always tells the truth but thats business they tend to entertain costumers, same in politics they asks for voters, thats part. and why did i say its a habit.. voting is in the hand of the voter.. why we'd end up in a failure leadership..?? we should ask ourselves did we vote wisely??.. we should no be easily carried away or be decieved by feigned words of every politician.. we should think, vote wisely! if we want change in this country CHANGE oUR StANDARD our outlook in voting anD ChoosInG the leaDers of our country. The
    choice is always in our hands we just have to use it wisely so that we would not end up in a failure leadership again! WE SHOULD CHANGe THE HABIT! WE SHOULD NOW THINK . AND BE NOT DECEIVED AGAIN.



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  48. Some people want to be elected just for MONEY, POWER and of course FAME. Some also have clean intentions in running. But the thing is that we don't which of them is the right one? Just like what I have seen, people are just voting for the same people they voted last elections and sometimes they voted for the popular ones. It is because if there are new politicians, voters would still vote for his or her rivals because they still do not know what that new politician can do. And voters will vote those politicians which always appear on ads. And I think that's the wrong attitude Filipinos have. And with that political party, we should not vote for those political party whose members are famous. Sometimes we should also look for the things they have done and not for the things that they promised us. Because, at times they just use those powerful words to caught our attentions. and when they are voted those words, those promises will simply vanished...

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  49. Having famous personalities in the field of politics shouldn't be thought of negatively. Those people might really want to help our country to improve. We can't say that ALL of the famous people that want to be elected are just in it for the money but I hope that the people who run in the elections have pure and good motives that would help in the growth of our country. Indeed that the famous persons might get an advantage when it comes to the number of people who actually know them but it will always come down to which person is most qualified and will serve our country wholeheartedly. I just hope that we won't get fooled by the ones who actually are just in it for the money.

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  50. Placing politicians in their rightful positions is one of the community's greatest powers because we have a democratic government.
    People should think about who are they choosing to govern our country. We should not base our votes just because this politician is advertised by a celeb or this politician joined this political party or what. We should recognize those politicians as a single individual not seeing who are their advertisers and we should know their accomplishments or their leadership skills.
    It is okay to have political parties and be advertised by someone but we should really see the transparency. The power to break the cycle of stupidity is in the hands of the voters. So PLEASE VOTE WISELY if we really want to make a difference.

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  51. First of all, I was inspired by the author for this article. I gained so much knowledge about this issue, Thank you.
    Having famous personalities in our government is NOT a hindrance for us to have an efficient government. We, Filipinos nowadays, are after for the effectiveness of our government so we are really striving hard to choose the best politicians to govern our country. I'm not against of the politicians' strategy having their own political parties... but for me, they should also prioritize on their reforms and goals for the Philippines... As long as they really have good motives and they believe that they are suited for the respective positions, their political party will not be a bad strategy.
    At the end of the campaign, our country's future is still in the hands of our countrymen, the voters. I pray to God that our fellowmen in this upcoming election 2013 will be guided accordingly by their wisdom and will not be blinded and fooled for the sake of our country. 2012 is now the the time for us to make a difference so let's not waste it. God Bless

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  52. Political parties, hmm. I am quite unfamiliar with that. Because my parents vote a certain politician INDIVIDUALLY. I never heard my mom "Uy kakampi yan ni Aquino, di ko iboboto yan." We should vote politicians that are rightful to be in the position that they are running for. Not because they have this blockbuster movie or they have a "superstar" in their political party. Do we like to see the Philippines as a movie studio because we vote the politician because he/she is famous?

    Please do vote wisely, because as of now I am still underage.

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  53. That's the problem with us Filipinos. We judge people based on their appearance or based on what they say. One big example is this article. I oppose the author of this article. What if the REAL intention of that politician is to serve others? How will he/she will win against other politician whose intentions was I can describe as a joke? Simply, he/she will join political parties. Oh, but I agree with the author that there are POLITICAL WHORES here in the Philippines.

    Last MESSAGE, Vote Wisely.

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  54. Micahella SarmientoDecember 29, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    As for my opinion, the quality of politicians we have are degrading each and every election. Although there are few who really prove themselves worthy, but still others are definitely not. Officials should really be picked carefully because a part of our country's progress rely on them too. A part only, because the other half is upon on our hands. For me, an official's main purpose is and only to serve his people. Do projects that will benefit many, make proper use of the budget the government's allotting for them and such. I believe that it's not about the popularity. I truly believe that it's about what you can do for a change, for the better and the best.

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  55. Politicians in this country form parties just to satisfy their personal needs such as getting a wider voting population. Obviously this is wrong, because parties should be formed in order for politicians to increase their scope and to serve a wider range of citizens. This political system of multiple parties is meaningless, and some parties use famous personalities in order to gain popularity. The elections become a popularity contest, and governance is compromised. The Philippines should just resort to using a system of only two parties.

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  56. Yes, our government nowadays are being run by numerous clowns who are wearing names which doesn't really suits them, but I guess our political system is not the one to be blamed. The government is by people, we are the one who is responsible for their elections. We are responsible for the election of the great Filipino actor Senator Lito Lapid who killed countless bad guys in his action movies, but are his acting skills levels with the skills needed to be a politician? We are responsible for the election of Senator Vicente Sotto III who gave us laughter and smiles on Iskul Bukol, but are those laughter enough for him to be one of the leaders of our country?
    We are the one who responsible. Let us put in our minds that fame is never a needed to become a good politician. We've seen enough clowns, wipe those make-ups, remove those wigs, take off those big, shiny shoes, and knock-off those tricks and jokes. We like it no more.
    As for us, let’s open our eyes and unveil those tricks, for the power to save ourselves lies within ourselves.

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  57. Basically we don' have the right to say or to judge the politicians and their political parties. Yes maybe some of them are using this parties to gain more power and a greater chance of winning. In the list of the parties listed above i notice that even though a politician is a member of a known party he/she didn't won the election. Best example is Mar Roxas he is the running mate of President Noynoy Aquino and yet he didn't won the election for the Vice President but instead Binay won that position. So for me it depends on the vote of each person and Please Vote Wisely.

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  58. I disagree to the author that we must end the cycle of the political parties.
    We may say that politicians were using those political parties to gain more power and more votes but isn't it that it's only a part of their strategies to win the election? Being a politician requires intellect and that intellect can be observed in those political parties.
    Besides, the final verdict is always dependent on the voters. If the campaign strategies of a certain politician worked, he/she may win the election. So, please vote individually and wisely. :)

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  59. This is a bit harsh. Other people may run for position because they really want to make a change but yet, nobody has ever done that, right? It all ends up in one thing: promises left in the air. So I don't care who wins. All politicians are the same.

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  60. I think this is unfair to the politicians who really want to serve. We are being judgmental again, people. We should not generalize. Don’t you think that these political parties are just simply part of their strategies to win? Because I believe that this is one of the best or I might say the best way to garner a wide scope of voting population. And I will throw you questions now. How can you really say that these are the deserving ones and the others are just famewhores? How can you be very sure that your bets are the quality-approved runners? Unsure political world is unsure. What’s happening is that some voters have now become ignorant of who are actually deserving of their votes, they will just vote who they know and this will now make this a popularity contest. And by the time that we have the new set of leaders, platforms and promises will not be fulfilled, and everyone will just lose hope of the advancement of the country.

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  61. Yes yes, everyone can say that Politicians are just grouping themselves to gain power, wealth, and advantage to lengthen their political run but please stop it. We are being too judgmental because they are in a party which had a controversial history, maybe in our eyes it is a bad omen but you are not even sure of it. Look, "Don't judge a book by its cover", it is unfair to those politicians who are affected by the generalization of the people. Every book have its own pages, every party contain different individuals. Individuals who are striving their best to run for office to serve the people, we should not involve them with something they did not even know. Trying to degrade their reputation? Shame. I can say that the author, if you'll excuse me, is just bitter in our corrupted political system. We should not always look at the dark side of things, it will not benefit even a teenie bit in our life, it will not change our economy, it will not give jobs or anything. All we need is trust and let them be, and after all, we are the one voting them. So if you wish to judge among these party lists, just vote out those parties you think is not even worth being in our government. It's better than blabbing among the innocent politicians who just joined a party list because they share the same motives. Think wisely, vote wisely, speak wisely sir/madam.

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  62. Too many of our political leaders are “transactional leaders.” With their power, authority, political patronage and pork barrel, they bargain with their followers and exchange favors to gain their support and loyalty. While our democracy certainly requires bargaining and compromise, we also need “transforming leaders” who will inspire and challenge their followers to fulfill the vision and ideals in our Constitution: “to build a just and humane society” and “a democracy under the rule of law and a regime of truth, justice, equality and peace.”

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  63. Personally, I disagree with the author of this article. I think this political parties is just a part of a politician's strategy. Most of the people in government are good leaders, but i think they are just influenced by some of the bad minds in the government.

    But for me, this topic is just a waste of time. Wake up and just vote wisely. Philippines is a democratic country. We, the Filipino people , are holding the power. If we chose a corrupt leader. It is not his/her fault we chose him/her. It is ours. So , again , just wake up into reality and just vote wisely. :)

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  64. honestly, the method of having political parties is quite meaningless. most people vote not by political parties but by the individual itself. i don't usually hear people say "ay iboboto ko tong partidong to." no. we usually say "boboto ko si ano, bet ko si ganito." it would be great if we could see these political candidates battle by individual. so we could discover who they truly are, and what they can do by themselves. having allies could also bring up advantages because some believe that "united we stand, divided we fall." but still, i think this is pretty meaningless.

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  65. Politicians have always had this image of ruthless leaders craving for power. This is the problem. We over-generalize these people. Is it because of SOME corrupt officials or unworthy officers? If we stick to this kind of reasoning then we could never step forward. The Philippines has one of the best resources in the world yet we aren't as successful as we should be. So who do we blame? If your answer is the government, then you're another pathetic and selfish fool. Everyone has contributed to this downfall.

    Now, about the political party issue, I disagree on how he stated that it is a source of incapable leaders. The party itself isn't the only basis of who the citizens vote for. There are a lot of them who join famous parties yet lose in the elections. This is because we also consider what they have done for the society, not how good they did in their soap operas or talk shows. I am still dreaming of that day when this image of politics in our country change. The day that we appreciate their efforts and struggles.

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  66. Somehow I find the author's way of thinking to be a bit overboard than what it should be. First of all, isn't it too much to say that politics is filled with this so-called whores and entertainers. I think he's watching too much TV. And we should take note that it's not their fault why they are voted, because where the ones who voted for them, and their just doing "strategies" in order for you to vote them. Endorsement is on of those strategies, no matter how stupid it may seem to be, it still works. Basically that's the logic of our political campaigns, if noble causes and wise words won't entice them, then use stars to speak for you.

    The only thing we can do about it is too become more wise than they are, try knowing these candidates using your own ability and not relying on the media as it can be very biased. It's always up to you who'll sit in the big house. And if everything fails, we should blame nobody and instead get our selves moving to help fix the country.

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  67. I disagree with the author of this article. Yes, political parties spread like amoeba but isn't it that more and more Filipinos or politicians would like to serve our country? Why we shouldn't be happy of the fact that many politicians are willing to serve Philippines? And yes, some politicians are promise breakers but on the other side, there are also politicians who serve our country well. People also vote their "wanted leader" not by the party list, I mean because of how famous the party list is or if somebody is in it that is very popular. They vote them individually.

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  68. I agree with this article, because we are too biased to our favorite "entertainers" that's why people vote this parties.

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  69. its a mere fact. politics requires showbiz. if you intend to win politics by hiding, well you will be going to long campaign my friend.its been years.
    since we have our own nation, and during those yrs. we select someone who made it possible, who helped in retrieving the nation, who was and should be on the top. therefore from the start we put someone to the position who is considered the hope of nation, what is the difference now? what is it that makes the system go blind? POWER is the answer, anyone who thinks they can control power could have the right to be elected. and that is why the one who is bold, concrete on their will is selected to run their campaign, and that is the way of elections now.

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  71. It's a community fact that almost all the political people are showbiz personalities. They all promise that they will do this and that but we expect political parties to be a coalition of like-minded individuals who try to enact certain legislation and accomplish certain ideological goals and it always leads to disappointment. -- Dustin Mariel Cabangal

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  72. People nowadays become ignorant of who is deserving of their votes because of the fact that all politicians are promising great progress in our country if we vote them but actually we don't know if who of them are saying the truth and will do projects that will lead to the great advancement of our country and because of this confusion, people tend to vote the politicians they know of maybe the most popular. And later on all those promises and platforms will turn into nothing. I think politics is sort of trial and error.

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  73. This is a no no.

    Why are we going to judge all these people in general this fast? Yes, it's true some of them are really not deserving to be a government officer, but are we going to judge already? I think we're wrong in that part. I believe some of these people really are warm-hearted to serve us. We just have to choose the right one. Not just the most famous, because beautiful faces can't feed up the starving people. Charming looks can't give jobs to the non-workers. It is the heart and willingness that counts.

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  74. Most of the political people are IN showbiz, meaning they are using their fame. To gather more voters, they joined in different political parties to gain more fame and advantages. They all make promises that are usually broken once they have been voted. So, having allies during election is only for the weak. Because running officers should fight individually not by parties, if you are brave enough.

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  75. Political parties are the underlying institutions in a democratic system of government. The question that begs to be answered is: What is the real and operating form of government in the Philippines? As practiced today it is not a DEMOCRACY it is ACTUALLY an OLIGARCHY which is a form of government in which all power is vested in a few persons or in a dominant class or clique; government by the few. Political parties are actually organized simply to COMPLY WITH CONSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ELECTION PURPOSES ONLY. Their are no principles, policies, visions, leadership training/development and organizational programs. Statements put forward by "political parties" are just decorative words meant to fill up space, and nothing more. At this point it is useless talking about political parties when DEMOCRACY is just an ILLUSION!! The first step toward real democracy is to pass an enabling law, giving life to a CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISION that will break down oligarchies; pass an anti-political dynasty law!

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  76. I can’t fathom how narrow-minded and figuratively amblyopic some people are that they strongly presume that these politicians are only famewhores. People, you do not know an individual’s cogitation to exercise prejudice like that. But, this does not mean that I am supporting some celebrity’s evident delusions that they are socially and politically relevant. There are also several celebrity-politicians that have done commendable things for them to be called a true government official. Senator Bong Revilla, Senator Jinngoy Estrada, Governor Vilma Santos-Recto and several others. We ought not to limit our thoughts about a person that’s still a neophyte in the political world. They are there to extend a hand, listen, speak for us and most especially, they are running for congress because they still see hope for this country. They still believe.

    While most of you might say they are running for congress because they know that there is a huge chance for their victory and because this is an instant way for them to intervene in the pork barrel, well, all I could say to that is TRY TO LET POSITIVITY ORBIT YOU and your thoughts just might make a change.

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  77. I used to think, why do we need these parties. And I don't care whether the Philippines have their single, double or multi-parties. As I know, they are just pulling ignorant people's attention, grasp them without knowing their intentions.

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  78. Well not really. It's sad that some people think that a showbiz personality cannot run for a position in the Government. Remember, a leader is born not made. In fact, in order for people to love you, you need to show who you are.

    People should be open-minded to what business they are taking up. Let's say those politicians are competitive, but their means? It is up to us whether who we vote (yeah until you are legal to vote).

    Trust issues ~

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  79. Fame, Power, Money are the main things that these political parties want that's why they enter politics. In a tv show it has been shown that political party leaders are more rich than the persons that have higher position than them because they are. Where do the funds for political party go? The answer is to the leaders. The big screen peoples? most of them does join the politics because of public service and not for fame, do not judge them on the outside but on the inside. Be An Adult and Be Aware of the Politics!

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  80. Joining a political party gives them a lot of advantages. That's why they do so. Some of the politicians really believe the mission and vision of the the group, but others just join the party who has a "sure win" president or high-ranking official. People call them "kapit sa matatatag" or what my friends call me in DOTA "asa sa malakas". That's all...

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  81. A wonderful article, All of my opinions regarding the topic presented is just the same with the author's. While I am still not able to vote for our country, I wish that people will come to realize the truth and make actions not meaningless words that will be lost in oblivion.

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  82. Having a political party benefits you and at the same time, degrades you as a politician. A Political party will help drag your name into the skies, for the people to see an notice it. But these political parties isn't responsible with your advocacies, even though the chairman of a certain PP said that "We all have one purpose!.........".

    If I will run for a position in the govt, I will choose no to have PP.

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  83. the Philippines is experiencing poverty, lack of health and educational services. and these problems were all because of the low quality of the leadership of the people we had chosen in the past government elections. we should choose candidates that has the passion of serving it's country.
    being the right leader should not be based on what party he/she have and what commercial he/she has. the personality, advocacy and the passion of helping the country it counts
    i like to read this article and to share it to my friends so that they could be enlightened in choosing the right leader

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  84. My opinion and the author's opinion about this topic is just the same. There a lot of cases in the elections where the most famous candidate is the one who will win. Hopefully, in the next elections, people should know how to vote the one who is deserving for the position.

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  85. this article is partially right,but we do not really know what our government's intention for all of us,there are corrupt but there are also some who has one word.as of now,here in our country we should not just depend on our government but we should also start by ourselves.the filipinos were amazed when our economy rise(base on the stockmarket) but its just because the america's economy degrade.nothing changed right? so people out there reading my comment,think of what you could do for our country.

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  86. FAME has its power. So for me, this people who has this fame eventually has the larger chance on winning to an election, but it also depends on the people's choice if she/he is deserving for that kind of position. Not like other politicians who just only won because of the fame and has no capabilities in helping our country in such way, maybe there are people who are greater to take their places and do better than them :)

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  87. POPULARITY is really an asset in politics. but it is not the main 'ingredient' to be a good leader. politicians must know that great authority is in their hands and every actions they make will affect the whole country. LIFE is involved. so they must not chase after the MONEY, POWER and FAME but RUN for the PEOPLE and for the PROGRESS of the COUNTRY.

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  88. First we must know their backgrounds and their platform that will be used in our country. We must not waste our one vote because it is equal to the changes in our country in the future once we use our vote. Don't choose those parties who have many famous celebrities we must think first if this people and party will help in our country's economy.

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  89. We should look beyond on what we see and don't let these wise people use us. We should also be wise as we choose our leaders and do our part as a responsible citizen of our country.

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  90. This article is really a stupendous one. We all know that in order for those people to be allowed in running for a position there are certain laws that should be followed. Popularity is undoubtedly a plus-factor in politics. But then again, the people should be sophisticated enough to know the running candidates. They should not be blind by their popularity. As for this topic, the bottomline is that we should think first of our country. We should give our vote to the one whom we think is righteous and commendable enough for the position so that our country will make headway internationally.

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  91. being popular has it's perks when it comes to running for office. But we should not vote for them only because they are popular. We have to know if they are really worth our vote so that when they get elected, we are sure that they're don't just sit there and be pretty. That they are really working for the sake of this country

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  92. Not all politicians run for fame and power, but perhaps some are. We cannot truly say these things about every politicians since we do not know what runs in their minds. Yes, some may be thirsty for power and title, and some may forget their real responsibility after winning an election, but still, they deserve a chance to serve the country. Besides, majority of the people voted that person out of all the other candidates. On the other hand, people should be aware that politicians are running for a specific position to serve the country and not just so they could smile at every camera and go to special gatherings to see their names flashing in every tv monitors at home. Fame isn't everything. People should vote a politician who is willing to serve the country and is responsible enough to do what he has to do. But still, recent elections shows that fame has a say on a politicians fate. We can only hope that people would vote wisely on the following elections. In fact, it is for the sake of our country, and for all of us.

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  93. Yes, everyone has a right to go in politics as long as you have reached the qualifications set for the position you are running for, but isn't it that these persons should not abuse these lenient standards set for that position? Some people run for fame, they even tend to forget the main responsibility of their rank they running as servants not entertainers. So the people should really think of the ones who deserve their vote. Not the FAMOUS one..... but the DESERVING one! :)

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  94. Honestly speaking, I can say that popularity has a great impact in politics. There is a larger possibility for a candidate to win if he is well-known. But keep in mind that being a leader requires enough knowledge, experience, time, and an instinct to serve. The future of his constituents revolves around him. Therefore, a good leader should not serve for his own purpose; his purpose is serving as a good leader. Every aspect should be used appropriately: MONEY, AUTHORITY, AND POPULARITY is all for the people.

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  95. Philippine politics is largely controlled by the economic elite. Electoral competition did not revolve around class differences. Instead, politics was a game played within the elite classes, who manipulated and controlled the political process. The election process is the main mechanism where people participate to select those who will pass laws, formulate policies and govern. And for that, the result of corruption should not be surprising. It has always been this way with many political administrations in the past to the present.The unequal distribution of wealth, unequal participation in decision-making and political power does not contribute to a stable peace and order situation. For those who have passion in serving our dearest country with pure heart, stand up and be counted. A good leader was oftentimes obeyed by his/ her followers.

    we have the freedom to choose our leader who will lead us to the right track or path...

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  97. Yes, stupidity at its finest, for we always fell on the same traps made from their same old promises. This will just end if all of us will stop depending and start moving.

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  98. This is one of the reasons why our country cannot achieve progress. It is because of the politicians themselves. Well, I'm not saying that all of the politicians are greedy and corrupt and opportunists, etc. But, see, we don't know what's on their minds. The government is hiding too much from the people. But why are there political whores and entertainers? MONEY and POWER. Yes, fame can get you there. But use fame for good. Do good. Be a true model.

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  99. I agree with the author that our political system is a cycle of stupidity. Politicians use their popularity to gain votes which is an effective strategy because most of the voters can be easily deceived by the talk of their mouths or the way they presented themselves or the way they act etc. Remember, not all that glitters are gold. I hope that those voters have read this blog and that the political parties will chose politicians that deserved to be promoted and advertised.

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  100. We have these so-ever called Political parties, but where are they? Before the voting happened, they all promise something specifically about what rights are they fighting for. When the time came that they won, what actions they've done? I never ever heard anything about the political parties after winning the election.

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  101. "Looks can be deceiving" from the looks of it. This quote is applicable to the politicians promising us advocacy to the poor, promising us a good life etc, with the exchange for the votes of the people that they've deceived. But then again, did we receive the benefits they promised? Did they do their end of the deal?

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  102. for me, election is "non-sense", just an opinion. I'm not taking away my right to vote or to select a good politician but as I can see they are not deserving to the positions they were running for. what will be the future of the next generation? it's like sacrificing the lives of the children.. Let's open our eyes and use our minds to select the best leaders in our country because money is just a material thing and this will be gone later on but the lives and the future of the children, we should not take it easy:)

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