MAGANES: Be magnanimous in victory
May 2, 2016 at 11:19 am
By now, the election fever has subsided. Black propaganda, mudslinging and tongue-lashings must have been put into bin.
As of this writing, the winners in the May 9 elections have yet to be proclaimed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec). The electoral process was grueling and tiresome- a 90- day campaign period for the national candidates and party-lists and 45 days for the local candidates.
Who would be the next leaders in Pangasinan? The result of the duel for the
governorship between Mark O. Cojuangco and Amado I. Espino III is being looked forward to.
Both candidates have worked hard to get the the votes of Pangasinenses.
This is also true in the case of Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim Jr. and Mark Roy
Macanlalay for the vice governorship.
Did the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) prove again itself as the premier political party to reckon with in the province with the orchestration of gubernatorial candidate Mark Cojuangco? Did the NPC candidates floor their political opponents? In the past
elections, NPC candidates fared well at the polls, and in this political exercise it is again expected that they will fare well again.
There are many lessons to be learned from the political campaign period in Pangasinan.
First, endorsements could make any candidate win during elections.
Second, political machinery of the gubernatorial post down to the municipal councilors matter most especially when it is backed by the supposedly non-partisan barangay officials.
Third, the traditional system of campaigning still works at the local levels. Non-conventional approaches are still not acceptable to the electorates.
Fourth, party candidates at the local levels should not rely on their party mates at the
national level. During the campaign, candidates will switch loyalties and do not adhere to their party anymore.The bottom line will always be the desire to win, and at all cost
will do their best to capture the imaginations of the electorates.
Fifth, money speaks. I believe that there are candidates who won have resorted to vote buying. Money and grocery items poured during the election. The avalanche of support by the voters to the winning candidates, I presumed, was not the “voice of God” but
the “ voice of gold and silver.” The voters were enticed by the glimmering P500 and the grocery items. I overheard one voter who said: “ It’s better to get the money and goods they are giving, since after the election, the officials will just ignore our needs.” And I agreed, with reservations, on what he said.
Well, every analysis after the election seemed futile. The winning local candidates will
be proclaimed and whether we like it or not, they will serve us for another three years. Our role now is to see to it that they will perform well and hope that they will provide our basic needs. Let’s watch their actions. Let’s watch their development agenda. But
most of all let’s always watch our conscience and ask ourselves: “ Did we elect the right candidates? What if I have elected the other candidates who have no money, will they be good leaders?Will they be the right persons who will work for the welfare of the people?
Yes, there will be many questions to be answered. Let’s unshackle the bondage of
knotted confusions that have been putting us into despair. Let our freedom work for
the interest of the people and not for the few politicians.
After the election, I hope that the good relationship of the media practitioners in
Pangasinan will be revived. Even the media people were not spared from divisiveness. Of course, we are part of the electoral process. We have to take sides, but by taking
sides with our favorite candidates do not mean that we have shunned each other friendships.
Let’s return to our work with heads up high. We have done our best although there
were misgivings. But that’s how politics work in Pinoylandia. To our media
friends, let’s bury those nasty moments wrought by the previous electoral
process. Let’s move on and do our duty as the real harbingers of truth and information to the people.
Through this column, I would like to congratulate all the winners in Pangasinan, they
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