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.
 

PRRD is also a veritable troll in the way he goes off the cuff in his addresses to often remind people of certain individuals. His presidential speech is full of metaphors and hyperbole some would often ridicule it as unpresidential.

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For a 98 percent predominantly Catholic country, we seem to be at odds with the current leadership just because some do not like him physically, detest his presidential style and speech, wardrobe, demeanor and what have you. Some would pray to high heavens that he passes away on the whiff of a story, rumor, innuendo about his temporary inability to face the public for a nationwide address that is ill-prepared and badly edited. Or that he fails in handling a once-in-a-lifetime curve ball which is Covid-19.

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Can potential candidates for the presidency measure up to the following traits: brave, love for the Philippines, concern for Filipinos, responsible/fulfills sworn duties and sincere? If so, then voters are looking for someone like the incumbent who has a 65 percent approval rating and 55 percent trust in this quarter. 

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In this era of coronavirus pandemic, national governments will have to give way to the principle of subsidiarity more and more or they cannot solve the problems attendant to Covid-19.

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If the presidential candidate does not value numbers, scenarios and horizon planning, the future will not be good. But if the candidate is conscious of the role as captain of the ship, moving everyone in one direction using a clear road map, the future of the country will be bright.

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The mayor of Manila is being egged on by several people to run in May 2022 for the top position. Why would Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso jump into the fire? When a second mayoral term is his for the taking with what he has accomplished in his first term, why would he leave the capital? When the reforms have not taken root and sustainability is a real concern, why would Domagoso leave Manileños? Is it because as president, he can do more?

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We cannot allow the pandemic to rule our lives, our economy and our direction as a nation. Even while we are battling Covid-19, we can dissect where we were and learn from it to where we are today and redo our fundamentals and where we want to be by co-creating, co-designing and collaborating to come out from the pandemic into a stronger and wiser nation.

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 If Duterte is able to lift the sword and thrust it against the enemies of the state, he might just be able change the political terrain in May 2022 and bring the people to the fold of what can be.

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Let us not cheapen the process of elections. Let us not game it to be a proposition of “what are we in power for.” 

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From virtual campaign stops to tele-rallies, it all boils down to data and analytics to put together a general campaign strategy for a national campaign.

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If you design, run and manage campaigns, at the end of every battle, you just have to check if you remain true to your core and if you still hold on to your north star.

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