A Decent Choice for President in the 2016 Philippine Elections…

You know what? I’d really like to call myself a political pundit or political analyst, but I know I am not.

I’d like to kid myself now and then just because I think it’s funny as well as harmless anyway. We all play games with ourselves and being aware that one is yanking his or her own chain is an assurance of not having fallen into some kind of delusion.

I know that I don’t know anymore than the average person who scrolls through political news on their timeline. I have no “intel”, studies, surveys, or FGDs to cite to back any of the views I may have about political developments. I don’t subscribe to a particular political philosophy or have some kind of fixed system that gives me some super special kind of political insight.

I have no talent at all when it comes to writing the type of super baloney that would land me a mention by the President of the Republic of the Philippines in his final State of the Nation Address.

All I have is a plain kind of figuring, an internet connection, and about twenty friends on Facebook who either feel sorry for me enough to read my posts. What scares me is that I may actually have friends on Facebook who think I actually make sense and without telling me, have lived their lives according to what they think I advised them to do — that’s how religions get started!

Now that I’ve given you fair warning that I am no expert at all and shouldn’t be taken seriously, let me tell you about how I think we should go about choosing who to vote for as president in the 2016 Philippine elections.

I know Benign0 might re-issue Platform Plez and as much as I love that idea, I know that most people won’t get how important it is to scrutinize a candidate’s plans for the country.

Much as I want to believe the guys at PCIJ when they said that “the poor vote is a thinking vote”, I doubt the guys that make a living driving tricycles with asthmatic children actually understand why they are poor beyond the obvious fact that they were born poor.

The PCIJ article cites Focused Group Discussions as the basis for claiming that the poor vote is a thinking vote… Wow!

Apparently, what I know about how poor people think after more than 4 decades of actually interacting with them on a daily basis doesn’t count for diddly squat.

Then again, I have to ask… What did the guys at the Institute of Philippine Culture (IPC) of the Ateneo de Manila University (the ones who conducted the FGDs) mean by the term “thinking vote” when they applied it to the poor? Of course, every one thinks but there are all sorts of types of thinking. So, the question really is not whether the poor think, but rather, how do the poor think.

If you want a taste of Ateneo baloney, here’s an excerpt from the article:

“The poor ranked education, experience, platform, and track record as among the most important criteria for choosing candidates.”

What a laugh! I am not being condescending guys, please don’t take it that way. It’s just that I know the poor are also known for what is called “pakitang tao”, which refers to how people behave in order to get a reward or approval. So, I wonder, really, if the FGD accounted for that.

Barring that pakitang tao behavior was accounted for, what sort of thinking actually leads people to vote for people like Erap or Bong Revilla or Grace Poe? Did they ask these poor people to cite the platforms, experience, and what not of these politicians? What were the answers?

Here’s the crucial point and sorry if I had to take this round about route: If we want the politics of this country to change, we should put more time and effort in equipping the poor with a means that would enable them to make smarter voting decisions.

Just how that can be done is something I really can’t figure out right now…

So, how do we manage to pick a decent choice for President when the 2016 elections comes around?


Post Author: Paul Farol

Try not to take me too seriously.

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I thought you would cite a decent candidate. Misleading title. This article is about “These Atenean Folks Are As Clueless In Conducting Studies As We All Are About Where To Find A Decent Philippine President”


Mr. Paul Farol; we do not want the “decent choice”. We want the “Best Choice”, in 2016. Please read and review the previous Articles and Blogs of Web Blog Writers and Web Bloggers in GRP. They are telling Us something…as ways, to find the “Best Choice”, for 2016.
Many will resist change; because it will affect them. So, they want the “status qou”…

I do not believe in the “thinking poor”…”thinking poor” thinks only, where the Next Meal will come from; not who to vote for as the “Best Choice”, for President in 2016.


Voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil. Next time, go all out and write in Lucifer on the ballot.

It’s quite simple how poor people decide on who to vote for president. Whoever is their HERO to save them – that’s the main criterion. If not the hero himself, at least you have to be a descendant of the hero. Cory – hero to save PH from dictator; wife of hero Ninoy Ramos – hero of people power revolution Erap – hero of mahihirap (Erap para sa mahirap) FPJ – hero of PH action movies (however. Gloria won because of “hello Garci” PNoy – son of Cory (who just died – making her twice a hero) And I’m quite… Read more »

I assume the poor did not vote in this ranking:
1.Sen. Bongbong Marcos
2.ICC Jugde / Sen. Meriam Defensor Santiago
3.Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte
4.Richard Dick Gordon
5.Gilbert ‘Gibo’ Teodoro, Jr.
6.President Benigno Aquino III (2nd term option)
7.Vice President Jejomar C. Binay
8.Sen. Chiz Escudero
9.DILG Sec. Manuel Roxas
10.Panfilo Lacson


And likewise in this ranking (poor are out coz you’d need online access):
1.Sen. Bongbong Marcos
2.Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte
3.ICC Jugde / Sen. Meriam Defensor Santiago
4. Sen. Grace Poe
5. Sen. Francis Escudero
6. Manny Villar
7.DILG Sec. Manuel Roxas
8.Vice President Jejomar C. Binay
9. Sen. Bong Revilla

And as to the big question WHYYYY??? (which is the mystery question in this article) They’re voted #1 because… Ferdinand Marcos Jr.: “Because this nation SHOULD be great again” (nimrodjames) Ferdinand Marcos Jr.: “I just hope and pray that he will be like his father, great and a true man. honest and firm . intelligent and simple. ” (aceryansm) Ferdinand Marcos Jr.: “I voted Marcos because its necessary!!!” (aldrian13) Ferdinand Marcos Jr.: “He is the best candidate so far.” (leekasfer) Ferdinand Marcos Jr.: “He must cotinue the legacy of his greatest father and the excellent president of the philppines ferdinand… Read more »

Vote for Thaddeus Grimwald’s/ Hyden Toro’s candidate: Kardong Kalabaw…you will not be disappointed.

The Spainard

If it is not painfully obvious that the next President of the Philippines will do the EXACT same thing as the last 3 have, you are just blind,deaf and dumb.
Why do Filipino’s look at who the President is as something that is going to change their destinies? Master your own destiny. Stop looking for someone who, doesn’t give a shit about you, to do it for you.

The Spainard

Show me an honest Filipino Presidential candidate and I will show you a guy who is either going to be corrupted or end up in a plane at the bottom of the Mindanao Sea.

Dagdag lang sa post ni zaxx. Here are some examples on how the “poor” think (collected from news website and facebook page): On post about Mar Roxas being endorsed by PNoy: “Thank you Mr. President. Your endorsement of Sec. Roxas, you have indeed selected the best man for the job. He is decent, bright and well educated. You could have not selected a better person.” “‘Yan ang Pangulo ko. Mar Roxas for President!” “Hindi ‘yan e-endorse ni Pres kung hindi siya tiwala. Basta boto si Pnoy do’n ako.” “Kung sa kanila lang ni Binay na corrupt, kay Mar na ko.”… Read more »

so here are the candidates:
Mar Roxas – Liberal Party
Plaltform: daang matuwid
System: presidential system

Jejomar Binay – UNA
Platform: Free School for poor kids, free cellphones to senior citizens, etc.
System: presidential system

Not Decided:

Rodrigo Duterte
Platform: clean the congress then shift to Federal-Parliament. Full support on education, teachers, farmers, law enforcers/army.
system: Federal Parliament / Semi-Presidential Fed-Par

BBM – meritocracy / federalism – same with duterte