Filipinos again left with a none-of-the-above vote

With Rodrigo Duterte dropping out of the presidential race (again), it’s back to a choice between the three early-announcers: current Vice President Jejomar Binay, former Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, and Senator Grace Poe.

Again a void is left where a differentiated candidate is desperately needed. An increasing number of Filipinos can no longer stomach having to choose among candidates who offer nothing in the way of a vision for the Philippines’ future. One is seen to be hopelessly tainted by his crooked politics and the other two all but mirror the cringe-worthy sacrifice platform popularised by current President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III in 2010 and his mother back in 1986.


Sad indeed, the thought of a major country of 100 million being governed by one of this pathetic lot.

Is there any chance another candidate who is different will emerge from the Philippines’ political woodwork? Key to assessing that prospect lies in an understanding of how Filipino think collectively. The trouble is we seem to be expecting a candidate with original ideas to be appreciated by an unoriginal people. Filipino voters seem to remain stuck in the old familiar mindset that paves the way for the same sorts of politicians to climb the popularity ladder — which is probably the reason presidential debates do not work.

Imagine a debate amongst the three remaining candidates Binay, Roxas, and Poe. Just thinking about it could already kill half your brain cells. There’s just nothing to work with. It’s almost as if these three bozos have colluded to ensure no one of them issue any form of compelling platform that is about the future to keep the idea of such a debate out of the popular awareness.

Duterte could have been the catalyst for such an interesting debate. Because he is the only one who will have put forth a strong viewpoint on fundamental governance principles, he could have forced his three rivals to step up to a competitive arena where thinking is actually required. Without him, there is only the three outdoing one another’s “sacrifice” and one-upping one another’s “honesty”, with nothing to pull them out of that comfy zone of traditional populist pandering. Zzzzzz

Filipinos need to prove to the world that they deserve better than President Binay, Roxas, or Poe. They should gather the resolve to show that they are ready for a real leader and not just someone who will feed off their Jesus Christ complex.


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Presidente Emilio

Well, sad to hear that news. And looks like the other viable candidates (Dick Gordon & Miriam Santiago, for instance) don’t have plans for next year. Maybe they’re tired of the people’s shenanigans in elections. Why would they run if it’s already certain that they’ll lose? It’s just a waste of money.

Maybe we do deserve this punishment.


Hey everyone, read this tweet message of Mr. Duterte (this is his real twitter acct) & you could find a picture of a smiling person with a gun on his head there:

The mindset of the Filipinos on every Presidential elections is Choose the Lesser Evil. The upcoming election is no different. People will cast their vote just like the way they mindlessly throw their garbage into the streets and get back to their teleserye. Life moves on. They say it will get worse before it gets better. Maybe Binay should win so Filipinos will experience the worst that would wake them up and the experience will usher us to the new beginning. (That’s just me daydreaming). Or Binay should win just to put a face on our sick and dysfunctional society… Read more »
It is pretty bad that our choices are very dim with this candidates you mention but I have a suggestion for I know he is honest , with military background and brave . Not afraid to go against the grain and somewhat honest and patriotic.. He is Ex senator Panfilo Lacson’, a native of Cavite, it is not that iam also Cavitenos but I can guarantee this . The cavitenos politician cannot corrupt him that’s why he is not popular in Cavite and all the powerful business people in the Philippines do not like him because he cannot be corrupted,… Read more »

I do believe when the filling of COC is over and Duterte didn’t filed up.. but still have a bit of time.. some analyst and commentaries as they told before this is one of his political strategy which is against on his opponents and to find more such details to know his real supporters ,, (baka nga daw my balimbing na ka alyado) as the others said..


Our Father chooses who is president through his children here.

Rody D pray to our Lord and is now following His instruction not to involve in the election.

Our Father will surely reward such a devout and honorable man that knows his place in the grand order of our glorious country.



Read Kit Tatad’s column “Is there a secret game plan behind Bongbong’s move for VP?” October 8, 2015 >> << He explains why Bongbong Marcos is only running for VP. In the process, Tatad exposes what is a scary situation. PNoy and company has done everything so Mar will win. Only a stupid will try to go against the set-up. It is a set-up coming from criminal minds, bent on retaining power. I suppose THOSE CLOSE to political power KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON; so presidentiables just are staying away from the race. (Only Binay has no choice.) Brains… Read more »

I wouldn’t be surprised if there is coup d’etat right before election day, or right after depending on how things shape up. Push the BBL in Dec when everybody is caught up in the election fever, the coup d’etat will be before. BBL is now plan B for the smuggling operation if everything fails and they lose. ARMM area is ideal for any smuggling operation, ask the Ampatuan.


I hope we have some one like Jose Mujica, the world’s most humble president, a true statesman in word and in deed.–e1t_MupEpl

Jim DiGriz

Well benign0, now we have Miriam in the game.

Dale Jose Gozar
How about supporting an unknown candidate (common tao) using the following Alias (if Comelec approve) or Gimmick: 1. NONE OF THE ABOVE 2. NOBODY (simpling tao but technically competent, ) 3. SYSTEM CHANGE If we (in social media, journalist, and all concerned people) can help support this movement and create a bandwagon effect on voters and our people. a Kaawawa Candidate may capture sympathy vote + masa vote + OFW family vote + Boycott (voter’s apathy) + opposition vote. – not rich – no party/political connection – independent 1st step Give our full support in filing of COC, in-order not… Read more »

In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.


Bad News: Duterte will run for re-election on his city in Davao.

Good News: tatakbo naman si Miriam

More Bad News: yun nga lang mayroon siyang lung cancer at high blood.

Even More Bad News: Kung namatay agad si Miriam, our country will be doom again!!! 🙁


Let’s take a bright side of this story, I’d found this youtube video recently and the title of this music video is TAKBO which is sang & composed by some OPM artists who are supporting & to convince Duterte to run for the presidency on 2016:


Jesse Robredo for President. The only good and honest (and competent!) candidates always die, and young too.


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