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Reality check

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WHO’D have thought that the way to soften the image of Davao City’s “punisher” was to turn him into the next president of the Philippines?

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Morning after

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‘Tis the morning after. Let’s all take our pills, downers or uppers, let go of anger, frustration, gloating triumphs, and settle down to building this great nation. We owe it to the people who performed their election duty without fuss or fury, without fear or favor, the watchers and watchdogs, teachers, canvassers, candidates, computer experts, even the ”dull and ignorant, they too have their story” (from Desiderata).

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Slow burn

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ET out the vote” says more than “go out and vote” in a massive exercise that’s meant to shape the future and the destiny of your country. For all that pompousness of purpose, it’s simply saying that better than leaving your residence to go to the polling precinct, you should encourage others – in your circle, family, neighborhood, community – to do just that. Get out the vote instead of merely going out to vote.

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TAKE it from Senator Cynthia Villar, who helped her husband Manny run a presidential campaign in 2010 that many voters recall as possibly the most expensive: “A candidate for a national position needs 98 percent awareness, or else forget it.” She might well have added, “And an extra 3 or 4 billion in the bank won’t hurt.”

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Cynical

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So the surveys show a big chunk of the population haven’t made up their minds about their choice for president. Has it occurred to the pollsters and analysts that maybe it’s not so much that the voters are undecided as that they’ve decided not to decide because, to quote a few cynics and skeptics, “they’re promising heaven and earth” and “what change can we expect, they’re all the same”? “The same” goes back many administrations, many presidents, what else is new?

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