The 2019 Philippine general election will be conducted on May 13, 2019. It shall be a midterm election, where the winners will take office on June 30, 2019, midway the term of President Rodrigo Duterte.
The following positions are expected to be contested:
– 12 seats in the Senate of the Philippines
– All seats in the House of Representatives of the Philippines
– All regional elected positions in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)
– If electorate approves for the creation of the Bangsamoro Automomous Region, the regional election for the ARMM won’t be done on this day.
– All provincial-level elected positions in the provinces of the Philippines
– All city-level elected positions in the cities of the Philippines
– All municipal-level elected positions in the municipalities of the Philippines
Under the Local Government Code and the 1987 constitution, all terms start on June 30, 2019, and end on June 30, 2022, except for elected senators, whose terms shall end on June 30, 2025. The Commission on Elections will administer the election.
The 1987 Constitution of the Philippines states that unless otherwise provided by law, the election of members of Congress is on every second Monday of May. According to Republic Act No. 7166, election for national, provincial, city and municipal elections are on the second Monday of May, since 1992, and every three years thereafter, with the president and vice president being elected in six-year intervals. It has been three years since the last general election of 2016, and with no law canceling the election, this means that the election shall be held on Monday, May 13, 2019.
The commission confirmed the day of the election day of May 13 when it released the calendar for the election. The important days are:
– Filing of candidacies and nominations for party-list representatives: October 11 to 12, and October 15 to 17, 2018
-For Senate and party-list elections: February 12 to May 11, 2019
-For district congressional and local elections: March 30 to May 11, 2019
-Substitution of candidates: November 30 to 12:00 p.m. of May 13, 2019
Election silence: April 18 to 19 and May 12 to 13, 2019
– Election day: May 13, 2019
– Deadline of filing of expenses: June 12, 2019
It is important to vote for honest and competent public officials because the elected officials will be a reflection of the kind of electorate we have. If we have corrupt officials elected this is because the majority of the voters are corrupt. Sovereignty resides in the people and all governmental authority emanates from them.
Because we have a representative form of government, we elect our officials to govern, in whose hands the sovereign powers of the government are temporarily entrusted. The form of office is fixed and we have election everytime their term expires. Once they assume office, the officials are still accountable to the people, who have the power to criticize, to express their opinion and is guaranteed their freedom of speech with the absolute power to criticize and publicize the same thru the media.
But the problem is that the media is corrupted by the corrupt officials, so the public is mislead and subjected to massive propaganda, that the public is brainwashed into believing that these public officials although corrupt are pro-people whom they can rely for help because they have money stolen from the government, which they can give to the poor, Robinhood style.
It is easy to tell if the government official is corrupt because they use government funds to publicly display their faces by way of official greetings paid with stolen money. It is very easy to detect corrupt officials because they cannot help but have an ostentations display of their wealth, including jewelries, like gold necklaces, diamonds and expensive cellphones. Most corrupt officials travel with body guards paid with government funds, and travel with an entourage of three or five cars all with red plate because it is a government car, with the required sign “FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY.” They better change it to “FOR OFFICIAL USE ALSO! Then to boost popularity to prove they are for the poor, will not only shake your hands but will even hug you tight. OH MY GOD, have mercy on your souls.
“Thou shall not steal!” That is the seventh commandment of God. The difference between a thief and a corrupt official is that, a thief after stealing runs away, while a corrupt elected official runs for a public office, and once elected, steals money and becomes honorable and does not run way and have a big house, a querida and surrounded with goons and bodyguards who are willing to kill anybody who wants to contests his position. That’s why so many are killed because they file their certificate of candidacy for mayor. In the Philippines, they kill each other because they want to be the exclusive one to serve the people.
But on second thought, several politicians who enrich themselves in office end up very poor and impoverished including their children and all their ill gotten wealth gone with the wind. “KARMA OR GABA”