In Philippines, pre-vote largess doesn’t translate into post-vote progress
Posted by akosistella on April 29, 2010
MANILA — It’s election season in the Philippines, and the short-term forecast is for manna from heaven.
For voters who live in Baseco, a slum built on garbage beside Manila Bay, it’s hard to keep track of all the incoming goodies. Roads have been paved. Playgrounds have been built. A maternity clinic is under construction. One candidate bankrolled a beauty contest. Another sent in doctors bearing free antibiotics. Demolition of squatters’ huts has been halted. Free food is expected on May 10, election day.
“It is like a fiesta,” said Ray Campanera, senior councilor in the local government here. “Life is a little bit happier.”
via Washington Post.