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A poll loser tells his frustration in politics

Written by Ilocos Sentinel posted on Sunday, July 21st, 2013

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Exactly two months after the May 13, 2013 midyear election, I chanced to meet a long lost friend last Saturday, July 13. During a 15-minute conversation, he expressed his sentiment and frustration about the recent political exercise.
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He ran Independent for a juicy elective post and lost together with another Independent candidate. Both were beaten by their rival, a traditional politician(trapo). What drove him to run against the trapo was his belief that a miracle may happen favoring him in his candidacy.
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In his belief, his two opponents were physically unfit to go out and campaign house-to-house. So what he did was to wake up every 4:00 a.m. daily and go massive campaigning in his barangay sorties. When campaigning house-to-house aided by a few young volunteers, he did not merely shake hands with the people. He talked to them for a few minutes and presented his pro-poor and pro-farmer agenda. He thought this strategy would be effective to win votes.
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Ironically, he lacked the following: no media advertisement, no public crier or jingle, no public rallies, no streamers and tarpaulins, no posters and leaflets. Only small pieces of cut out bond papers containing his brief bio-data and credentials. To his surprise, this strategy went wrong as he came out tailender in the political race. In his frustration, he blamed the PCOS machines for his defeat noting that his trapo rival won without resorting to vote-buying as confirmed by friends and neighbors.
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As he ended our conversation that night and later walked away and boarded his ride, I whispered to myself: this man is rich with impressive ideas on good governance but was not given the chance to prove his salt. Hence, due to the dirty game of politics, my said friend equally lost his precious time, effort and hard-earned honest money. At least, he tried his luck on politics.#(JUN R. GUIANG)

 

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