The pollsters come a’calling in September —
— the audience is bombarded with prime time television advertisements of politicians, storified reports of politician activities, show-of-force dinner parties, “consultations”, “board meetings”, barnstorming, boodlefighting, press conferencing — there is dancing, speechifying, toasting and hand-raising, tears and voice-quivering: but most of all, there will be money overflowing.
The June 5 figures are (with a margin of error of +/- 3%)
Manuel Roxas II 10%
Miriam Defensor Santiago 6%
Alan Peter Cayetano 2%
Panfilo Lacson 2%
These figures are from Pulse Asia. (The SWS survey was not for voter preference for president, but a vague name-the-leaders-of-the-country survey, the storification of which was favorable to the cellardwellers because they were framed in the same line or level as the top two presidential contenders.)
None of these politicians, however, have presented any of the following:
A.Strategies for: Poverty eradication and equitable distribution of wealth
B.Program for socio-economic welfare: Health care for all; Housing; Education
C.Blueprint for Governance, Plans for Law-enforcement, Justice : 1.Taxes and infrastructure (infra for transpo, flood control, schoolhouses, etc); Pork and Prosecution, stemming rising criminality, etc.
None of the so-called “political analysts” have taken them to task for being bereft of any detailed answers to socio-economic problems.
We’re just being asked to place our bets. (Umatras ka, hindi ako aatras, mag-VP ka, BP mo mataas, corrupt ka, ikaw makapál, sumagot ka, sasagot ako mamaya).
Hopefully, the demographics are changing, the public will demand more.