PolWonk is a conjugation of three words policy, political and wonk which, in various aspects have been associated with the career and training she had over the years. PolWonk sums up her interests and advocacies. It is a weekly column, appearing every Fridays, in The Lobbyist

PolWonk is a conjugation of three words policy, political and wonk which, in various aspects have been associated with the career and training she had over the years. PolWonk sums up her interests and advocacies. It is a weekly column, appearing every Fridays, in The Lobbyist.
 

Elections are all about choices and when these choices are predetermined by coalition politics, there is no excitement in the air. When there is no excitement in the air, turnout is lower than the average at midterm. This election is for the books because turnout is atypical that of mid term trends. Such is the storyline of the national campaign for the Senate this May 2013. Without any opposition in the 2013 elections, it is easier to have a surgical cut in the ratio of 60-30-10 from Aparri to Jolo, setting aside bell weathers and bailiwicks and that to me is the sorry state of our politics.

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The Philippines finally launched its marketing campaign to attract more tourists to visit the country. I applauded the efforts done when it was launched. But as days, months, and years pass by, I begin to dislike it because of two things: the state of our country's airport and consumers not being no. 1.

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Fast forward. When Senator Sonny Trillanes stood on the floor in 19 September 2012 to deliver his “Kung gusto ko isasagasa ko. Kung ayaw ko, uupuan ko” privilege speech, whispers were abound about a so-called backroom operator. The youngest Senator felt alluded to by the whispers, and that is where the problem started. Trillanes and his group were the backroom operators who elbowed others. And I am still looking for the answer why.

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If UNA is predominantly PDP-Laban and Partido ng Masang Pilipino (PMP), it immediately brings to the political equation their “brand of politics”: PDP-Laban as progressive and platform-oriented, while PMP as masa politics akin to Erap. If UNA is positioned as the opposition to the Aquino administration, then it has to be clear in its advocacies, since whoever appears to be opposition will be able to capture Metro Manila. If ably articulated, its oppositionist position can likewise resonate over Mega Manila.

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