Promises, promises, promises


PRESIDENT BS Aquino The Last gave voters a very sound advice: Never vote for candidates who can’t keep their promises.

He should know whereof he speaks. After all, he said that he was raised by his late father to be true to his word, so he’s a man who’s expected to keep his promises — and he expects others to follow his example.

On March 24, 2010, during the presidential campaign, he was quoted as saying: “I will not allow anyone in my family to run for public office while I am president. We will have to set an example to regain the people’s trust in their leaders and the institutions of government.”

But hey, three years later, a man claiming to be his first cousin, Bam Aquino, ran for senator under the Liberal Party. Ah, but since BS Aquino has a word of honor, then Bam Aquino must be an impostor. Remember, he wasn’t raised by his late father to renege on his promises.

There are many other instances where what eventually took place were totally different from what BS had promised. Of course, he can’t be faulted, not while he’s leading the “tuwid na daan.” Everything was the fault of the previous administration or of extraneous forces beyond his control. No wonder, he never had to apologize for anything.

On second thought, I wonder why BS Aquino should even emphasize promises that couldn’t be kept. Look at Sen. Grace Poejuangco-Llamanzares. She’s trying to relive the drawing power of her adoptive father, the late Fernando Poe Jr., and there’s no way she could fail on this very simple promise. At a rally in Manila, all she said was that Manila was close to the heart of FPJ as shown by the many pictures she held on location in the city – and her audience lapped it up.

The cerebral voters will try to analyze the promises of the candidates thru their avowed platforms. However, the fact is majority of the voters don’t really care about platforms of government. In 1992, Fidel V. Ramos vowed to push for a parliamentary form of government should he win. He did win but many of those who voted for him were against any shift in the form of government.

The same thing happened in 2004. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and FPJ both included federalism in their program of government. So, it was expected that whoever won, and if the winner remained true to his or her campaign promise, then the shift would start. Alas, voters disregarded the campaign platform and opposed the shift to federalism.

Come to think of it, candidates may craft the most comprehensive platforms to address all felt needs but as long as political parties remain weak, there’s no way the items on their platforms could be realized.

The House and the Senate have many intellectuals but these alone wouldn’t suffice to enact a piece of legislation. A commonality of interests and principles is need in a deliberative body to approve a measure – and a political party should be the appropriate vehicle in identifying these common interests and principles.

It’s unfortunate that many lawmakers take political parties as a mere vehicle for their candidacy. No wonder, many winners later claim that they’re independent, as if membership in a political party is a plague to be avoided. Under this set-up, many parties have failed to make a common stand on many vital national issues.

They need not make campaign promises!

There are many candidates who need not make any campaign promise to win – the lone candidates.

Most of the unopposed are known achievers and doers like Gov. Junie Cua of Quirino, Rep. Karlo Nograles of Davao City, Rep. Jun Chipeco of Laguna, Rep. Carlo Lopez of Manila, Mayor Lani Cayetano of Taguig, Rep. Miro Quimbo of Marikina and Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of Pampanga.

Former Deputy Speaker Boying Remulla is running for governor of Cavite under UNA but he could as well be considered unopposed as he had only three independent rivals for the post. Nevertheless, this former Bar topnotcher and former three-term congressman is not taking things for granted.

“It’s my duty to go out and meet Cavitenos, know how each live as a citizen. Today, Monday morning, it’s hot but this won’t stop me from campaigning. We have to win every day,” he said.

Oh yes, Boying will celebrate his birthday anniversary tomorrow, Thursday. Happy birthday! Hope to see you again in Congress.


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  1. Up until today we are still waiting for PNOY to make good on his promise..we only want him to fulfill his promise that he will make himself and Abaya to be run over by a train “pasagasa sa train. We ask that he will fulfill this…even just this one only promise..After this..we are ok that he wont fulfill his other promises..hahahahahha

  2. Only in the Philippines where political parties are a ‘sham’; there is nio such thing as party platforms anyway. One cannot distinguish one party from the other. After all, ‘balimbings’ or turncoatsm and opportunism abound. Public office is sought for personal aggrandizement, economkic, power and otherwise, not to serve, more often than not.There’s no such thing as ‘delicadeza’; everyone is “kapalmuks”….money and power is the name of the game in the country we pride to call predominantly Christian and Catholic country in Asia.

    On the other hand, the elecorate is not that ‘sophiticated’. They go for popularity rather than track record and performance; they are vulnerable to ‘bribe’ and direct personal benefit they could get from elected officials rather than benefits for the common good because of immediate personal economic needs.Not unless the level of poverty is elevated, the country will always have many ‘mediocre’ appointed and elected government officials; it will always be a case of “weder, weder lang.”

    Having gone through all these election years, I have personally heard and read all the promises a Philipine politician can muster, but I have yet to see a better Philippines, not run by selfish members of the oligarch and their puppets, giving rise to such moniker as “Poejuangco”.. Yet, everyone complains of corruption, crime, drug, extreme poverty, you name it.

    May God bless he Philippines.