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PIA Press Release
2007/04/29

Commentary: No to goons and guns, Yes to socio-economic program

Tacloban City (April 29) -- It is about time that the Filipino electorate know that candidates who resort to character assassination and mudslinging, are not worth voting for.

First of all, these candidates are supposed to have signed, in most cases in their respective Parish Churches, infront of the people of God and before God Himself represented by the Parish Priests and the government represented by the COMELEC officers, to work for clean and honest elections, not to resort to violence, to vote buying and intimidation, not to resort to political mudslinging and character assassination and not to tell lies to the people.

Electorate, take note and be wary of the candidates who right after signing the Peace Covenant before God and men, immediately forget the significance of his signature and immediately character assassinate his opponent. Remember, this candidate has short memory, it will not be remote that he will forget his promises to the people as well.

Candidates are supposed to present themselves and what they propose to do for their respective localities and the people. If the candidate cannot say anything good about his or her political opponent, there is a high possibility that he or she will surely not be able to see something good to do for his or her locality.

While, the candidates have the freedom of expression, they should not forget that their rights end where the right of the other begins. It is the right of the electorate to know the truth, not lies and half-truths.

If the reason or the purpose of the candidates in running, is to be in power so that they will be able to put down somebody, electorates, beware. These candidates are running on the wrong premise-they want to do something that will harm another. What makes this more evil is that the person they want to put down is not even a candidate.

Those who will vote for these candidates, without their knowing are being made as accessories to a crime, to an injustice that is about to be staged. So electorates, beware lest you become accessories to a crime you do not even know about, much less you will not gain from.

It is about time the electorate show, that gone are the days when mudslinging and character assassination are the names of the game. The Filipino people must show that money will no longer blind them on Election Day and that the Filipino electorate has emerged into an educated and empowered voters.

Together, the Filipino electorate will say no to disunity and political bickering and vote Yes to continued economic and political reforms, the fruits of which are already starting to be felt by the people. (PIA 8) [top]

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