One of the reasons people hate politics is that truth is rarely a politician’s objective. Election and power are.
— American pundit Cal Thomas
IF the opposition don’t play their cards right and they allow divisiveness among their ranks—with numerous presidentiables jockeying for the nod of their own political parties or alliances—they will wake up in June next year with the pro-Duterte candidates winning most of the positions up for grabs from the president down to the lowest town councilor in the forthcoming national and local elections set on May 9, 2022.
But let’s get not get ahead of ourselves even though the political events in the last few days may have taken surprising twists and turns, gaining our undivided attention. But this is all farce and is actually a scenario designed to confuse the electorate and set in motion things that would favor the Duterte administration and its favored candidates.
The fact is, what has resulted after yesterday’s deadline for people aiming to be president to make up their minds is a false hype because nothing is as it seems when the final leg of our electoral exercise is in place and the wheels turn finally to what has been expected by Duterte’s political wizards.
Under our electoral rules, a presidential (or vice-presidential) bet of, say, one particular political party who files his certificate of candidacy (CoC) on October 8 and who later withdraws may be substituted by any aspirant belonging to or is nominated by the said registered political party up to the middle of November. (Isn’t this what Duterte had done in 2016?)
So, through substitution, yesterday’s deadline for filing of CoCs is practically extended to November 15 for candidates of registered political parties.
In short, what’s been happening is a big joke, albeit entertaining.
This, too, is why it is inescapable. Emotions are what our personality-oriented politics is all about in the first place. Our politics is always emotional and despite warnings—from the academe and even from the Church—our emotions get the better of us and many of us go ahead to gladly wallow in the political filth and lies of candidates. It is as if our politics is the only legal paradisiacal drug that keeps us high in ecstasy, wishing for a euphoric ride to Utopia.
So much so our capacities to correctly judge political matters get clouded, ending up badly in a dizzy path towards a stagnating quagmire of unfulfilled political hopes and dreams. Either we are confused or worse, seethe with so much hate against candidate so-and-so that even before the results of the ballot box are in the winner has already been declared in our minds.
Admit it or not, we are unthinking foot soldiers in a political arena where none of us can exactly identify who are the protagonists.
At any rate, before things really get worse, before we are way past redemption in our political addiction, we need to take stock of ourselves. Taking stock means we first realize that it’s only with a ruthless critique of everything in our politics where we regain our sanity. If not, we will just turn into lifeless things known as zombies—animate but without intellect.
Finally, we realize that our elections are really less about us choosing who rules us but is more about ensuring our habits of subservience to the powers-that-be.
The sad fact is that our elections are not a moment of liberation from those who exploited us or caused unhappiness but rather perpetuates our enslavement. (ai/mtvn)