Political butterflies

August 25, 2009 at 7:14 am Leave a comment


vir2As election time is fast approaching, expect that our present crop of politicians will be shifting their allegiance from one political party to another. This transfer of allegiance shows their disloyalty to the party where they belong. What they have in mind is only the desire to win- never mind if the political principles they once have in the other party are not congruent to the new one.

In the local political parlance, such actions of our politicians make them “political butterflies.” Why this is so? Because they are likened to the butterflies that are hopping from one flower to another, trying to sip the best nectar they could ever get. And this is the same thing among politicians. They will shift to another party, especially parties that are popular, because they want to have strong backing- campaign funds included.

This practice is not Greek to the Pinoy politicians. They want to preserve their power. They want maybe to show to the electorates that regardless of political parties they belong to, still they could muster enough votes .This kind of political system in the country is one way of destroying the fibers of national stability.

In the United States of America (USA) where the two-party system is being practiced-the Republicans and Democrats, politicians there don’t usually change their party. They are beholden to the underlying principles of their party such that when they are in power, the party shall dictate the development programs that will be implemented.

In the Philippines , the multi-party system has not only destroyed political stability but also our national interests.

Have you not noticed that many political coalitions collapsed just after elections? Have you not noticed that La Presidenta Gloria was elected not as a popular choice of the people but by plurality vote? This means that those who have not voted her are those that will continuously try to oust her from power. There’s not a single day that she’s being prodded to step down. There’s not a single moment that her critics are tearing her down. No matter what good her intentions are , these intentions are still evil to the sight of her critics.

The political coalition that was created when she rose to power has slowly self-destructed. Where is now the Lakas-CMD- Nationalists Peoples Coalition group? Where is now the PDP-Laban- Partido ng Masang Pilipino? Where are the other political groups that coalesced with each other? These parties have not in anyway made permanent alliances with each other because they have their own political agenda to pursue.

Let’s look at the political scenario in 2010.

Lakas-CMD has already coalesced with Kampi but some politicians in both camps were not sold out to the coalition. Many of them are bitterly criticizing the move. Even former President Fidel V. Ramos, the Lakas-CMD chair emeritus declined to join the coalition citing that he was not consulted when the coalition took place. And how about Rep. Joe de Venecia, Jr.? . Most likely he will bolt from the coalesced party and join one. He’s posing now as one of the (bitter?) critics of La Presidenta Gloria after all the glorious days they were together as the closest allies.

In the provinces and municipalities, the coalition system is even more confusing. Politicians in the same party might or will be facing each other during the election time.

Take the case of 2nd District Rep. Victor Agbayani and Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. Victor announced earlier that he’s already decided to face Governor Espino in 2010. And if we look at it, aren’t they in the same party- the newly coalesced Lakas-CMD-Kampi? Governor Espino is the provincial party chair while Victor is the chair in the 2nd District.

If indeed Victor will run against Governor Espino, what will then be his political party? Will he run as an independent or bolt from the party and follow his ninong Joe de Venecia in a party he will be joining? How about Governor Espino? Will he still be backed up by the Nationalist Peoples Coalition? The merger of parties at the national level does not necessarily be that at the local levels. In Pangasinan, a unity coalition had been at work in 2004 and 2007 elections –the Biskeg ya Pangasinan .It constitutes various political parties for drawing unity and cooperation among politicians in the province.

Will Biskeg still be a group to reckon with? It appears that it is losing already its political support from other camps because of personal agenda and otherwise. If that will be the case, then expect that more local candidates will be doing a “paru-parong bukid , na lilipad-lipad” in 2010 elections.

Watch out for more political circus after the politicians have already filed their candidacies. And believe me, the political acrobats will be more exciting- albeit even more nauseating.

Entry filed under: Opinion.

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