Popularity Not a Factor in 2010

Program, ideology, effective leadership to prevail

ILOCOS Norte Rep. Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. today said that 2010 elections will yield acceptable results as greater part of the voting public learn to recognize that mere popularity won’t give them a competent government.

Marcos said next year’s polls may well mark a turning point in Philippine politics as the youth becomes more mature, fully educated that electing government officials should be anchored on ideology, programs or platform, and effective leadership.

“I strongly believe that the youth will make 2010 elections go beyond just the popularity contest and pick leaders who have real visions and proven capacity to steer the country to stability and progress,” Marcos said.

The Commission on Elections said that majority of next year’s voters – 34 million strong – will be between 18 and 35, and 1.9 of them will cast their ballots for the first time.

With this, Marcos believed that young voters will play a major role in determining poll winners who don’t just bank on his or her popularity but with clear visions of credible programs of bringing down the cost of education, creating jobs and curbing corruption.

“These are the issues that perk the interest of the up-and-coming population voters. This is the end of the popularity contest,” Marcos said.

Marcos also warned that candidates who engage in mudslinging and black propaganda will face disastrous verdicts from the voters, saying people are already fed up with traditional political stunts.

“This generation of voters who will troop to voting precincts come election time is willing to listen to a voice of reason,” Marcos pointed out.

“The candidate who can present his program of government clearly without resorting to flowery discourse full of empty promises will gain their trust.”

Boto ng kabataan: programa, idolohiya, maayos na liderato

PROGRAMA HINDI PORMA

Ang 2010 national elections ay hudyat ng malaking pagbabago sa kasaysayan ng politika sa bansa  dahil ang higit sa nakararaming botante sa ngayon ay sangkot sa mga maiinit na isyu  ng pamahalaan.

Ito ang sinabi ngayon ni Rep. Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. ng Ilocos Norte matapos na sabihing ang programa, idolohiya at maayos na pamumuno ang siyang magtatakda sa 2010 elections at hindi ang popularidad ng isang kandidato.

“Naniniwala akong ang mga kabataang botante ay pipili ng kandidatong maganda ang pananaw para sa taumbayan at makapagbibigay ng tunay na kaunlaran para sa kanilang kabuhayan,” pahayag ni Marcos.

Batay sa datos ng Commission on Elections (Comelec), aabot sa kabuuang bilang na 34 million botante ang mga kabataan na nasa edad 18 at 35.  Ang 1.9 million dito ay boboto sa unang pagkakataon.

Dahil dito, naniniwala si Marcos na malaking papel ang gagampanan ng mga kabataang botante, at hindi tiyak nito ihahalal ang mga kandidatong popular lamang bagkus ito ay may maayos na programa at lider na makapagbibigay ng edukasyon, trabaho at malinis na gobyerno.

“Ito ang magiging batayan ng mga botante.  Tapos na ang popularity contest,” sabi pa ni Marcos.

Nagbabala din si Marcos sa mga kandidatong gumagawa ng black propaganda at paninira sa kapwa kandidato na wala silang maaasahan boto sa mga kabataan na pagod na sa tinatawag na traditional politics.

“Magtutungo ang mga botante sa mga presinto dahil sa maghahalal sila ng kandidato na may malinaw na programa at idolohiya na ang makikinabang ay ang taumbayan,” dagdag pa ni Marcos.

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