Voters and members of mass media should start to be critical of Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign promises. Just few weeks before election, we haven’t gone behind his statements, behind the soundbites and witty lines, behind the charisma.
Before FIBA 2014 opened in Seville, the Gilas Pilipinas and we had set a low expectation, thinking we can’t win against the world’s top basketball teams and will only take chances at the two lowest ranked teams in the group that we’re in. Without a graphic memory of our national team winning against other countries’ lineups, our national psyche allowed us to think that simply showing up is not that bad. This was in a sport that, as a nation, we welcomed like a religion.
The election that I joined on May 10, 2004 as an election inspector was ancient. I remember posting one big manila paper on my assigned precinct’s front board to prepare for counting immediately after the voting period. Ballot per ballot, a public school teacher would announce the names of each candidate written by the voter for various positions. Everything was manual. The election tally sheets (returns) and the manila paper were to be filled-up with someone’s penmanship. On the candidate’s particular row, each vote would correspond one vertical manual stroke then a diagonal stroke would mark each fifth vote.