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Voters' Express

A quick guide for the last minute voter. By Gang Badoy of
Rock Ed Radio.
Voters' Express A quick guide for the last minute voter. By Gang Badoy of
Rock Ed Radio.

In a few days you will be casting that ballot but your mind is as blank as the voting machine cards (supposedly) are.

Like all crammers know—but refuse to believe, the last few minutes before an exam will not make brains absorb anything new. So take what you already know from what you've read before, sift through it, dig into your gut and pay attention to your neck vein.

If you ask me, all candidates come out on top of certain brackets. They each have their strong points and pitfalls. It is up to you to decide which bracket is most important to you. Brackets can be as follows: expertise, academic records, previous job/position accomplishments, close political or personal ties, religious belief, moral position, coolness of character, physical health, anecdotes of people you trust proclaiming their kind-heartedness, calmness of strength, eloquence, connections, the way they ran their campaign or (and this one's very valid) their entourage.

Now there is not a single candidate that tops all those categories, so list down the brackets in order of importance and vote for the corresponding candidate that makes the grade. [Please note that this guide is for the last minute voter.]

Now, it is important to distinguish a weak moment from a weak trait. Many of our candidates have had mud slung at them for a line or two, an incriminating photo, or a bad stutter during debates, but I think the more important ponder points are the ones that describe past decisions they actually followed up on.

As my friend Atty. Oli Reyes says so aptly: “Platforms are promises, history is evidence. I kept that line in mind the whole time I was studying the candidates.

Now if you haven't come down to a decision just yet, help yourself to the impressions my colleague Erwin Romulo put together.

Read Erwin Romulo of Rock Ed Radio's flash prose on the people who want to be President >>

Erwin co-hosts Rock Ed Radio with me and my good friend Lourd de Veyra. Erwin grew up in a family that swam in the ocean of politics. He observed the campaign season closely and I trust his assessment skills. Though he is known for his unorthodox ways–Erwin has always been keen on the truth. In fact, at his most aggressive, it is usually because he speaks the truth.

It is not yet too late, believe it or not. For as long as that ballot is not yet cast–the die remains.

As a very lame eleventh hour tip—you can do what many of my friends will do: imagine yourself encircling each name above; the circle that doesn't make you want to throw up—that's your President for 2010.

While you're at this, Google the phrase “with a grain of salt”–and take it from there. And for God's sake–start preparing TODAY for 2016.


Continue to the Gallery to read Erwin Romulo of Rock Ed Radio's flash prose on the people who want to be President.


Gang Badoy
www.rockedphilippines.org

Read Female Network's guide to voting during automated elections >>

Read Spot.ph's guide on what to do on election day >>

Read Spot.ph's guide to finding your voting precinct >>

Read about the Comelec web app to help you find your voting precinct >>

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