The Philippines needs a new national political party

With a limping leadership, the presidential and local elections in 2016 could be the worse for the ruling Liberal Party (LP) in the country. At the outset, every aspiring candidate and supporters would scramble in the search for a new, credible, and dependable political party in the national context.

The 2016 presidential elections would have been ripe for the Nacionalista Party (NP) to regain its status as one of the country’s reliable political organizations in the national and local level.

However, with party mates without solid political loyalty, the Nacionalista Party would be another candidate for the dustbin. Thanks to the former Senator Manny Villar, the NP president, who sold the soul of one of the country’s enduring political party to the LP in the 2013 senatorial and local elections.

Today, the NP persona has lost its value and has shattered the dreams of the country’s “nationalist” virtue. What seemed to be the only alternative to attain a political change and governance that the NP could possibly carry out with effectiveness have become a whisper in the moon.

Undoubtedly, the Filipino people need a political party that would otherwise cultivate a new political value. There were various attempts in the past, like the formation of the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP), an ambitious political party that would cater largely to the needs of the impoverished Filipinos.

However, the political elite smells the filth of those living in squalid communities that the only recourse then was to send the PMP’s figure head to prison. As a result, the elite political party of the Lakas-Kampi sent President Erap Estrada to prison on trumped-up charges.

A mixture of elite and the struggling political personalities also formed what could have been a formidable national political party: The United Opposition (UNO). Organized in 2007, UNO was a coalition of the PMP headed by Pres. Erap Estrada and the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan with Vice President Jejomar Binay as the party President.

Although the UNO did not last long, there is now an attempt to form a new political opposition party: The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) headed by VP Binay. The UNA is formed in preparation for the 2016 Presidential and local elections where Binay is running for President.

The reorganization of the UNO and the formation of the UNA is necessary to weed out party mates whose alliance with the opposition is questionable. There is no question that some incumbent elected officials – in the Senate and in the locality – are “political opportunists.”

These political leeches are no more than “political turncoats” who would always jump, albeit with callousness into the wagon of winning political parties. While the character is prevalent in the locality, the same is true at the national level. Thus, perhaps, VP Binay should see to it that the UNA would not be infiltrated by political tyrants who would definitely sell the party’s principle.

One should know that the UNA has a formidable support by various opposition political parties at the local level. As far as one could remember, there are more than 20 local opposition groups throughout the country that are now fully supporting UNA. This is the reason that Binay’s popularity as a presidential candidate has not wavered in contrast to the popularity of other presidesidential bets.

We understand that more than half of the incumbent senators are now threatened that their re-election in the 2016 polls is now hanging in the balance. These senators are certified turncoats, and political opportunists who won their seats because of the support of the opposition. This column will definitely mention the names of these senators in the coming days

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Let us get rid of corrupt public officials

Now, as the election fever rises, we could feel the effects on the performance of the incumbent administration even in the backyard of the local government.
Being the ruling political party, the incumbent Liberal Party supposedly enjoys an upper hand in terms of popularity, trust, and confidence in the national and local perspective.
However, with the issues that confront the administration, the political atmosphere around the ruling political party is now in odieux frustration. The notion of political exodus has now become the daily apprehension among political watchers, who share the thoughts over a cup of coffee.
The same can be said of the status of the local Liberal Party, particularly in Cagayan De Oro City and Misamis Oriental, where the political party is unpopular. Nobody could blame anyone if the Liberal Party could not muster the required support of the voters in Misamis Oriental and Cagayan De Oro City. After all, some of the incumbent elected public officials are nobody but “political opportunists.” Did anybody say that most of the local officials, who were elected after aligning with the Liberal Party, are simply “turncoats?”
Well, we do not enjoy the liberty to prejudge the integrity of the elected public officials. After all, the public often wonders how the officials have been elected into office. Obviously, the presumption of election fraud is the siblings of doubt.
First, the people have expressed the strong feelings that the 2010 elections were rigged. The issue simply cropped up after accusations that the favored candidate turned out to be incompetent. That winning the electoral battle was nothing but the delusion of parental popularity. Blame it to the voters!
In the local scene, the accusation of election fraud has been exacerbated when the elected public officials have been indicted with various graft cases. There is a popular observation that the public official has the audacity to commit corruption because of the assurance of protection by party mates. It is hard to subscribe to this idea, else we will have a government of robbers and con men. If it is true, then, the people are duty bound to condemn and put to an end the despicable evils that run the affairs of the government.
Now, as the election season is heating up, the voters should rethink the blunder of electing corrupt and calloused public officials. One should vote on the basis of integrity and track records rather than party affiliation. The electorates should also keep guard on elected public officials who thrived on lip service – this is prevalent in the local level.
Perhaps, it is also time to review and scrutinize the life style of the elected public official. While there are those who appeared to be serving the constituents under pretext of integrity, the skeletons in the closet have been smoke-screened in Johari window. There are politicians who have discreetly enriched themselves while in public office by amassing wealth and properties apart from public scrutiny. We would appreciate if the public would come to expose the “worms” of public officials who feign public service in the guise of honesty. -0-