With Alma Moreno’s video showcasing her incompetence with her interview with Karen Davila becoming viral, I think it’s time we got to the point and told our readers (and the powers that be) of what we want to happen. You see, based on what we’ve seen so far, majority of political parties harbor their fair share of nuisance candidates. You have candidates like Bong Revilla Jr. who still can’t decide whether or not he should be a politician or a celebrity, Manny Pacquiao who has attended the senate for a whopping four sessions because he can’t quite let go of his boxing career and then there is of course Alma Moreno and her less-than-stellar interview. What we cannot express enough in words is that these are celebrities people, “entertainers”, and not leaders. Just because you can pretend to be a competent military officer on a TV screen does not mean you are a competent military officer in real life.
Anyway, here are five changes when it comes to the filing of political candidacy that can surely improve the roster of candidates for the common people:
Making A Professional License A Requirement
A professional license might not be foolproof evidence of a person’s competence but it is at least a good sign that someone knows what it is they’re doing, as suggested by some of our commenters on GRP. Besides, in order to get one’s professional license, one first needs to have at least a post-high-school degree after all. This will at least rule out nuisance candidates who we all know probably can’t tell the difference between a washing machine and a toilet bowl.
Examples of said licenses can include but are not limited to an attorney’s license, a doctor’s license, an engineer’s license, a nurse’s license, a dentist’s license, a chef’s license, a banker’s license, a clerk’s license, an IT’s license, a manager’s license, a teacher’s license, a pharmacist’s license, a sex-worker’s license (unavailable in the Philippines), a license to kill (if the Philippines has an intelligence agency, that is) and, if nothing else, a dog or cat license.
Sadly, driver’s licenses are simply not enough to be considered candidates. Gun licenses, on the other hand, are being seriously considered for being made a viable requirement for political candidacy. As for other animals who are neither cats nor dogs, it has been decreed by Kardong Kalabaw that you at least get the permission of your respective owners.
Undergoing A Psychological Examination
This should actually be very important. Unfortunately, nobody seems to see the importance of having a sound mind in the Philippines. Thanks to our culture of impunity and stupidity, nobody seems to care whether or not the community or perhaps the entire country is being run by a madman.
Well, this isn’t really all that surprising when some people don’t even care that the driver of the public transport vehicle (whether jeep or bus) is drunk or high on drugs. Then, when it all ends in a terrible accident, some people are even surprised why it all happened and, for reasons that continue to elude me, blame the government or some other external agency instead of pointing out that the driver wasn’t in the right state of mind to drive to start with.
Psychological nuances to look out for in a political candidate:
- Delusions of Grandeur: These are the kind of people who might declare war on the rest of the world because of their erroneous concept of “Pinoy Superiority” so no, we don’t want them in power.
- Substance Addiction: These are people who might not function well without their favorite substances (i.e. alcohol, nicotine, narcotics, etc.) or function terribly when under their influence, this might lead to awkward situations such as the declaration of an “orgy day” or an international broadcast of his or her would-be suicide.
- Disconnection from Reality: Another big problem would be when a leader is in constant denial and can’t even accept reality for what it is and constantly spouts delusional and insubstantial “achievements” to cover up his incompetence and irresponsibility.
Undergoing An IQ Test In Essay Or Simulated Format
One of the biggest problems in many political candidates of today is the fact that they lack the qualifications to even be an informed, let alone concerned, citizen. Just watch Alma Moreno’s interview and you’ll realize soon enough that she clearly doesn’t even understand what the Magna (which she refers to as “Magda”, Diablo III anyone?) Carta for women and RH Bill are actually even about. What’s more is that when asked these serious questions, she even seems to be looking for a coach somewhere in the studio who will bail her out of her current predicament. I mean really, can’t she answer her own questions? Didn’t she at least look through the priorities and responsibilities for a right and proper senator before even thinking about becoming a senator? The same goes for Manny Pacquiao who still seems to be prioritizing his sports career over his duty as a lawmaker in the Philippines. Four days, I mean really?
Anyway, it should only be right that political candidates be able to tough questions on their own and in their own words. When faced with a dangerous real-life situation and the lives of a community are on the line, do we really want people who barely understand what’s going on to be in charge? As far as I’m concerned, if a candidate can’t even answer tough questions in a simulated environment is not qualified to deal with the real thing.
Only A Purely Secular Approach Will Be Allowed
For a Christian Believer like me, I think we should refrain from taking the Lord’s name in vain. As mentioned in my last article about the “God Card”, I think we should avoid using God’s name in political debates. After all, there’s no real and feasible way to prove God’s favor of a given candidate.
It is an act of arrogance to claim moral and social superiority by invoking God’s name in a given argument, especially a political one. As a believer, I think that we each have duties to fulfill for the Lord and none of us have any real right to claim to know better. As flawed mortal men, we have only our own consciences to look to for moral guidance and one another to look after. I hope that last made sense.
Discrediting Of All “Honorary” Titles And Achievements
“Honorary” titles and achievements will not be accepted as grounds to become a viable political candidate. “Honorary” just means that, “honorary”. Being an “honorary” soldier doesn’t make one an actual soldier after all. So no, honorary titles will not be credited as qualifications of becoming a political candidate.
Honorary is almost the same as “acting” or even “pretend”. Just because a person receives an honorary diploma doesn’t necessarily mean they deserve it. For all we know, they just paid for it or gave the host a “special favor” in order to get it.
Now I know some, or even a lot of you, aren’t going to agree with this post. Unfortunately, if we really want results, then this is, in my opinion, our best chance of making something of our dysfunctional country. Please people, this isn’t just about GRP or the failings of our government. This is about our future as a people and what we can to ensure better lives for all our children.
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