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If you are an American voter, vote on Nov. 6.

Voting is one of the very few privileges that citizens in a democracy could participate directly in the affairs of government.

If you are from New Jersey and don’t know your voting precinct, you may look up here: https://voter.njsvrs.com/elections/polling-lookup.html

 

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PH and U.S. mid-term elections will be referenda for Trump & Duterte


The U.S. mid-term elections on Tuesday, as well as the May 2019 elections in the Philippines will not only elect candidates, but will also serve as referendums for controversial Presidents Donald Trump and Rodrigo Duterte.

The election results in both countries would be good measures of effectiveness or even popularity of the two leaders.

President Trump has been busy campaigning in red states.

In the Philippines, we can foresee President Duterte campaigning for his candidates, especially the senatorial slate when the 2019 mid-term campaign gets into full swing.

Vice President Leni Robredo, on the other hand, has introduced the opposition party bets.

She said the 2019 polls will be the opportunity to correct the mistakes during the 2016 elections.

Read this comment in Facebook by a Filipina physician referring to Pres. Duterte: “Hindi ko binoto ang kasalukuyang presidente (I did not vote for the incumbent president). I’m so glad I did not vote for him! Or I would have felt as guilty as the 16M.”

Above comment’s last sentence is exaggerated.

(Maybe 15.9 million, not 16...Lol).

It tells us what VP Robredo meant by “mistakes of 2016 elections.”

Based on social media commentaries of Filipinos, the more acceptable candidates for senators are, apparently, from the opposition group, at this early stage.

Hopefully, there won’t be election interference from foreign communist governments who want to disrupt democracies, or any massive computer cheating during the canvassing.


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Election promises


A U.S. senator seeking re-election told me his opponent will say anything to gain political power.

I’m reminded of a parochial candidate for president of the Philippines in 2016 who did not only say anything, but promised everything...that he would eliminate drugs, corruption and crime in three to six months.

The voters believed him and he won.

It’s been over two years now and, according to reports, drugs, corruption and crimes are still rampant.

Inflation is at its highest.

Thousands of poor Filipinos had been killed without due process as part of anti-drug campaign.

But, amazingly, illegal drugs worth billions of pesos are being taken out of the Bureau of Customs (twice already) right at the very nose of officials.

No investigation is done to recover.

If there is, nothing is reported recovered.

Same is true with corruption in government.

So, Filipinos are probably realizing it is dangerous when a candidate says and promises anything and everything just to gain political power.

Hopefully, voters will be more circumspect come next elections.

They should be selective and discreet.

We have a saying in Bulacan, ang pagsisisi ay parating nasa bandang huli.

(Regret is always at the end.)


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In the U.S., on the eve of the mid-term elections.

President Donald Trump said he wanted to unilaterally amend the American Constitution through an executive order.

Apparently, this is to whip up his fellow Republicans.

He wants to abolish the “birthright” provision as provided for in the Fourteenth Amendment (1868) to the sacred document.

It provides “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the States wherein they reside.”

As a former student of Constitutions, we were taught that in constitutional democracies, the president cannot amend any provision by himself.

There are prescribed legal procedures which can be found in the Constitution itself.

Executive order is not one of them.


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My daughter MC is running in the New York City Marathon on Nov. 4.

Good luck MC!

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