Making a choice: Your presidential candidate (Part 1)

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Thursday, 1 April 2010 - Last Updated on February 3, 2015

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(Undecided? Here is a guide to presidential candidates. It also includes the platform matrix.)

A poll of 2,068 voters at Yahoo! Purple Thumb, (as of April 1, 2010) shows there are 31 percent who have not chosen a presidential candidate. Out of the 31 percent undecided voters, 12 percent don’t have enough information to decide, 14 percent are just plain undecided, and five percent are apathetic. Probably one of the reasons for a high undecided percentage is that there are too many choices, and as one community member points out:

A typical Filipino voter would most likely be undecided due to the following reasons:

(1) He is unaware of the list of candidates for each national and local post.
(2) He is yet to be convinced of each candidate’s platform.
(3) He is torn over choosing between two or more candidates.
(4) He is simply apathetic about the electoral process.

Elections are not just about our candidates. It is about us, the electorate, as well. Responsible voters don’t just vote right. They vote responsibly and respond to the challenges that lie beyond their commitment to push for their causes.

First things first. Get to know the presidential candidates and be informed on the process of selection.

 

 

What should be the first step in selecting a candidate?

As a voter, I wrote about the decision-making process in selecting a candidate to vote for as president, which involved knowing what I looked for in a president and the criteria of coherent platform, clear vision, character and competency. The present times call for a tough administrator, statesman, and economic leader. That was the critical factor for me. I narrowed down the nine candidates to just three. Like I said, my initial short list was based on my selection criteria on character, competence, coherent platform, and clear vision. I decided to make my short list a bit more quantifiable by using this voting matrix.

Finally, I chose my presidential candidate, on subjective factors such as the candidate’s sincerity (my perception based on interviews) to serve our country and  the ability to communicate with the candidate in case of questions on their governance. A vigilant citizenry is crucial to monitor the powers of the presidency.

It does not matter who my candidate is. As project editor of Blogwatch.ph, it is prudent that I keep that choice only to myself and my close friends, the people I trust. Certain quarters cannot distinguish me as a voter and me as an editor. Blog Watch remains non-partisan.

Undecided voters, be informed of the presidential candidates

In the immediate interest of informed voting and the higher and loftier interest of installing the best leader among the current line-up of presidential aspirants, I’d like to share Blog Watch articles on the presidential candidates. Some of us chose to write favorable articles while others chose to be critical, which I have chosen to segregate as “favorable” and “critical.” Being critical does not mean the article is geared as “anti-presidential candidate.”

Take time to get informed. Click each link below to our articles.

 

Noynoy Aquino

Favorable

Critical

 

JC de los Reyes

Erap Estrada

 

 

Dick Gordon

 

Jamby Madrigal

 

Nick Perlas

Favorable

Critical

 

Gibo Teodoro

Favorable

Critical

 

Ed Villanueva

 

Manny Villar

Favorable

Critical

 

 

Nasty accusations on presidential candidates will continue to fly as the May 10 election nears but does it have to be that way? From now till election day, let’s listen to our candidates tell us how to get out of the mess, We need real leadership and a candidate that’s out there listening to the voters, not spewing overtly negative attacks. Every other candidate needs to make a case for why they are the best person for the job.

Part Two of “Making a choice: your presidential candidate” lists down the pros and cons of the candidates and significant highlights of their platforms in a platform matrix.

(Undecided? Here is a guide to presidential candidates. It also includes the platform matrix.)

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Noemi Lardizabal-Dado (98 Posts)

Noemi Lardizabal-Dado , a multi-awarded blogger and often known as @momblogger , advocates constructive engagement in issues on family and society. She is a prime time woman, a mother to three children and wife to her college sweetheart. Having fun and taking on more challenges is evident in the posts of her four blogs: parenting, food & recipes, Lifestyle and emerging media. She nurtures both her family and community in order to secure her children’s future and that of others. Disclosure: Organization affiliation include Scrap Pork Network. Family friends with Senator Pia Cayetano , Senator Alan P. Cayetano and Congressman Lino Cayetano. As of October 17, 2015 I am supporting Susan Ople for senator just as I did in 2010. I am not voting Bongbong Marcos for Vice President.


About Noemi Lardizabal-Dado

Noemi Lardizabal-Dado , a multi-awarded blogger and often known as @momblogger , advocates constructive engagement in issues on family and society. She is a prime time woman, a mother to three children and wife to her college sweetheart. Having fun and taking on more challenges is evident in the posts of her four blogs: parenting, food & recipes, Lifestyle and emerging media. She nurtures both her family and community in order to secure her children’s future and that of others. Disclosure: Organization affiliation include Scrap Pork Network. Family friends with Senator Pia Cayetano , Senator Alan P. Cayetano and Congressman Lino Cayetano. As of October 17, 2015 I am supporting Susan Ople for senator just as I did in 2010. I am not voting Bongbong Marcos for Vice President.

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