• In the face of calamity, a chance to woo voters


    Families find shelter at the Holy Family Parish in Quezon City on Wednesday after they were displaced by the floods caused by the heavy rain brought by the southwest monsoon. PHOTO BY MIGUEL DE GUZMAN

    To some people, calamities can be an opportunity to fish for votes.

    Candidates in the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in October tried to outdo each other in extending help to flood victims in Quezon City.

    Residents of Area 7 in the city’s First District, particularly those living near the Dario River, were swamped by candidates from Barangays Del Monte and Damayan.

    Bancas bearing the names of candidates for the synchronized polls were used to transport trapped residents to higher ground. Vehicles prominently displaying the names of councilors roamed flooded areas of West Riverside distributing biscuits, bread and other items to flood victims.

    Would-be candidates made their presence known, while higher officials stayed close to TV and radio teams reporting on the situation in their areas.

    Meanwhile, SK aspirants brought pots of lugaw (porridge) for the victims.

    Ito ang time na dapat ipakita nila [would-be candidates] ang kanilang kakayahang tumulong, kahit hindi pa elections,” Juno Falconi said, referring to his daughter Angelica alias “Bebang” who running for an SK post in Barangay Del Monte.


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