Crossroads: The Upcoming 2019 Elections

In reality, there are really no ideal or perfect candidates out there in the field. What we are left with are choices--- choices that we must select from. 

Around 48 million Filipinos are expected to cast their vote by 13 May 2019. This is based on the average nationwide voter turnout of 77% for the last 3 elections in 2016, 2013 and 2010.

Each election possesses a unique character and personality. Considering existing political circumstances, the 2019 Midterm Elections carries a different degree and level of importance compared to the last one in 2016.

18th Congress of the Philippines

The composition of the 18th Congress will be critical towards moving several important bills and measures yet to be passed or were deliberately not passed by previous conventions of Congress such as:

• Draft Charter for a shift to a Federal System of Government
• Freedom of Information Bill
• Anti-Political Dynasty Bill
• Amendments to the Fair Elections Act
• Amendments to the Government Procurement Act

The 18th Congress will also have to decide whether to extend the Martial law in Mindanao beyond the end of 2019 or not.

The 18th Congress has also been urged to look into the various agreements and contracts entered into by the government with other countries and bilateral/multilateral agencies, following the water supply crisis in Metro Manila and alleged controversies on loans with China.

10th version of Local Government Unit (LGU) Officials since the passage of the Local Government Code of 1991

The 10th set of Local Government Officials since the passage of the Local Government Code of 1991 will be elected and sworn into office come 30 June 2019. This comes on the heels of calls for a shift to a federal system of government, which would alter the existing configuration of governance in the country.

Since 2017, DILG has been encouraging LGUs to enrich discourse on federalism at the grassroots level in support of President Duterte's advocacy towards a shift to a federal system of government.

The next set of local government officials will be under extreme pressure to increase consciousness and awareness on federalism for increased clamor on the initiative as the second half of the President's term commences.


The need for a balanced but forward-looking set of national and local officials

Current political circumstances and prospects place an impetus on voters to elect the right of set of national and local officials.

In reality, there are really no ideal or perfect candidates out there in the field. What we are left with are choices--- choices that we must select from.

As we seek to elect the next set of national and local officials, we must bear in mind the need for balance of perspective and innovative ideas on how our country should be ran.

Given less than ideal conditions and candidates, Filipinos have proven that they can make the best out of nothing. We were able to meet ends during the most difficult economic times. I’m sure we are more than capable of meeting ends to make the most out of our existing political situation.

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About the Author
Mr. Aaron Benedict De Leon is currently a Business Development Practitioner in a private consulting firm. He has more than six years of professional experience in leading and managing political and non-government organizations, specializing in organizational management, policy development and program management. He has had stints with notable political/socio-civic organizations, serving in various capacities as: Secretary-General of the Centrist Democratic Party of the Philippines (CDP) [2013-2015], Founding Chairperson of the Centrist Democratic Youth Association of the Philippines (CDYAP) [2012-2014], Philippine Representative to the International Young Democrat Union (IYDU) [2011-2012], Chairperson of the Christian Democratic Youth [2011-2012], Secretary-General of YOUTH Philippines [2010-2011], and Spokesperson/Communications Director of the GT2010 Gilbert Teodoro Presidential Campaign [2009-2010].
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