Controversies. Debates. Surveys.
A clash of personalities and machineries.
Who supports who.
A throng of netizens, espousing support for their bets hug or troll social media.
Indeed, it is the season of craziness, jitters, uncertainty as the nation elects its 16th president on Monday, May 9.
So we understand if you are still undecided yet on who are you going to vote. But we need your vote to matter.
In the best of our capacity, Entrepreneur.com.ph wrote about the presidential and vice presidential candidates—as it is our our aim to provide information about them on their platforms focused on business, economy, entrepreneurship, tax reform.
Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay leads the pack, who keeps harping about what he did in Makati City—the country’s business and financial hub—he can also do for the whole Philippines as well. And historically, vice presidents running for the highest post often have a beef versus the administration, especially so that the administration bet is Manuel “Mar” Roxas.
And there’s Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte, who made the season more exciting with his dilly-dallying before whether he would run as president or not. And did he run, and the campaign season is spiced with his acerbic and at times, tasteless, offensive remarks, plus days before the election, his controversial bank account.
Other related stories on the controversial presidentiable, plus his ranking in surveys:
Feisty Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago is trying her luck for the third time. But her health mainly hounds her chances of winning this election.
Political newbie Senator Grace Poe is also holding on her own in this race, as she vows to have an administration of compassion. Her candidacy was in suspense until the Supreme Court decided she could run for the presidency.
Other news that bannered Poe this election season:
And there is the administration bet, Roxas, who gave way for Aquino in 2010. And now hoping, despite his dismal ranking in surveys, that he would be able to continue the “straight path” of governance his would-be predecessor laid for the country.
Remember how they did during the TV debates?
Vice presidential race
If there are five presidentiables, there are six vying for the vice president post.
How they did on vice presidential debates?
And there are the senatoriables:
Foremost among the issues the candidates are facing is what are they are going to do with the country’s tax system. But a tax expert reminded candidates, especially the presidential aspirants that real tax reform requires restructuring of regulations and culture and not simply cutting taxes.
Some of them also promised to put an end to the practice of contractualization, a common employer practice of hiring people for a period not exceeding five months.
The country’s information and communications technology sector is also hanging in the balance, as the country’s forecasted growth might be dwarfed by short-sighted and drastic strategies that look only at the immediate six to eight months after the elections.
Access to fast, reliable Internet is also a staple campaign promise for this election season.
Business groups, including foreign chambers of commerce also wish for the next administration to improve ease of doing business in the country; grow entrepreneurship; and strengthen agriculture.
And while the current administration keeps on harping about inclusive growth, some sectors are saying it is not exactly inclusive and that bolder reforms are needed to make this country truly grow.
There is also the problem of monstrous traffic, the poor infrastructure, particularly for public transport, and the security for both domestic and foreign travelers that these candidates made promises to address once elected.
Thus, here is our wish that you make your truly count, and that the divisiveness we are seeing now will be melded into a solid support toward the country’s further growth not only from 2016 to 2022, but beyond. – Lynda C. Corpuz