In Philippines, clans and guns still rule
Posted by akosistella on May 12, 2010
CNN — The irony is often lost on Filipinos. How can the country that gave the world not one, but two, peaceful “people power” uprisings that ousted corrupt regimes have such violent elections?
On Monday more than 50 million Filipinos will have the chance to elect a new president, a new Congress and a roster of local officials. So far the campaign has exacted a deadly toll: Including the Maguindanao massacre that killed 57 people in November, some 100 people have been reported killed in election-related violence, according to news and police reports.
This past week has been especially bloody. Last Monday, armed men fired at two trucks carrying 200 campaigners of a mayoral candidate in Zamboanga del Sur in the southern part of the country. One man was killed, and 32 others injured. On Tuesday, a lone gunman approached a candidate for councilor and shot him several times at close range, as the candidate was shaking hands with voters in a gymnasium in the central Philippine city of Cebu. He died a few hours later.
Who is this guy? Philippines President Elect – Mr Vanilla of Manila
With his penchant for badly fitting shirts, dorky hair style, and complete lack of personal charisma, Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino appears the most unlikely person to win an election by a landslide. But with most of the votes counted, Mr Vanilla of Manila has galloped into Malacanang Palace, the official residence of the President of the Philippines.
There were nine presidential contenders in this week’s general election and Noynoy seized close to 40% of the vote. In a country with over 7000 far flung islands, the call usually takes days, sometimes weeks, but with a new electronic voting system and such a handsome lead, it was clear 16 hours after the polls closed that Aquino was the winner.
Via Huffington Post
It’s enough that he is Cory’s son
MANILA, Philippines–Let’s go back to the 2007 senatorial elections. The camp of then Tarlac Rep. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III was worried about the surveys showing him in a precarious situation—hovering from the 9th to 11th in a 12-person slate.
It was puzzling. They had pulled out what they thought was their best card. His sister Kris, a celebrity and top product endorser, starred in television and radio advertisements to solicit votes for him.
It was a March 2007 Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey on political endorsements that saved the elections for Noynoy. It turned out that while 27% of voters said they would vote for a candidate endorsed by Kris, another 22% said they would not.
Via ABS-CBN News
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