A Welcome Move
The recent move of the joint leadership of the Senate and the House of Representatives to impose restrictions on the much abused substitution of candidates for the President, Vice-President and Senatorial candidates is a welcome move as it would put a monkey wrench on the practice of candidates filing for the above-noted positions only to be substituted later to accommodate a reserved candidate. A clear example is the last minute filing of the candidacy of Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa who filed his candidacy for President but openly admitted that he is willing to slide down to vice-president to accommodate Mayor Sara Duterte should she decide to run for President. It was a good thing that Mayor Duterte who earlier filed her COC for re-election as Mayor of Davao City was firm in her stand that she is not running for President. As proposed by the Senate and House leadership, prominent of whom are Senators Franklin Drilon and Risa Hontiveros and Congressman Carlos Iisagani Zarate of the Lower House may be availed only in three instances, to wit: Death of the candidate, Voluntary Abandonment of his candidacy, or Involuntary Abandonment as when he becomes unqualified for the position. The proposed legislation, if approved by next Congress would take effect in the elections of 2028, as the coming election is too close for the proposal to apply. Meanwhile, recents tv, broadcast and print media reports indicated that some sectors are urging President Duterte to run for the Senate after his term, so that he can still wield his influence in the affairs of the Higher Chamber. As of this writing, the President remains non-committal.
On another note, despite the restrictions due to the pandemic where all cemeteries were ordered closed at certain periods, our people still find time in honoring the memory of their departed relatives and friends, at the time designated by local authorities. This time-honored tradition still lingers on and will continue to stay with the passage of time, for as long as Filipino families remain closely knit.
With the reports that the cases of Covid 19 is finally subsiding, the whole country has reportedly been placed under Alert Level 3, except for some areas in Marawi, while the NCR is under Alert Level 2. Thus, residents are now allowed to be out on the streets, malls and certain recreation areas, but are still urged to observe the mandated health protocols.
QUOTATION OF THE WEEK:
”NO ONE REALLY UNDERSTANDS POLITICS UNTIL THEY UNDERSTAND THAT POLITICIANS ARE NOT TRYING TO SOLVE OUR PROBLEMS. THEY ARE TRYING TO SOLVE THEIR PROBLEMS, NO. 1 AND NO. 2 OF WHICH ARE GETTING ELECTED AND RE-ELECTED. WHATEVER IS NO. 3 IS FAR BEHIND” -THOMAS SOWELL
FOR OUR WORD OF LIFE:
“ THAT YOUR FAITH MIGHT NOT REST IN THE WISDOM OF MEN BUT IN THE POWER OF GOD...” - 1 CORINTHIANS 2:5