By Randy David
Preelection surveys do often take the form of self-fulfilling oracles. This happens when voters find the published results so compelling as to make them vote according to the predictions. The opposite, of course, can happen. Voters may react to survey results in such a way as to be motivated to prevent them from being realized in the elections. I would say that, in general, for all the lip service we pay to underdogs, our political culture tends to blindly favor winners and junk losers.
I cannot agree enough with what Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago said in her speech before students of Far Eastern University (Inquirer, 11/24/12): “Those who are not educated for voting” are choosing from those who are “not educated for serving,” hence, the need for a constitutional provision setting higher academic requirements for voters and candidates in both local and national elections.
By Conrado de Quiros
YOU CAN say a lot of things about Miriam Defensor-Santiago, but you can’t say she’s boring. She said some pretty sparkling things at Far Eastern University last week. The majority of the 50 million Filipinos who will vote next year, she said, are “not educated for voting.” That is matched only by the majority [...]