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Cleanest Elections in Two Decades?

7:41 pm PHT

Literally. I’m amazed that with less than five weeks before the 2007 Philippine election, it doesn’t feel like there is any upcoming election when you go out on the streets. The dearth of posters, banners, streamers, flags, stickers, banderitas, and other election paraphernalia is quite an unexpected, yet welcome change. I guess the politicians are heeding the COMELEC order quite well.

Then again, I’m not sure how things are outside Metro Manila, far from the arms of the MMDA. And if you’re tuning to local TV or radio, you’re barraged with tons of political ads.  :p

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On 11:45 a.m., 13 Apr 2007, Regnard wrote:

Hi Eugene!

You’re right, politicians are focusing on “cost effective” media. Also, the electorate is more apathetic than ever before.

But in another respect, any elections with “Hello” Garci involved is bound to be a cheatfest.

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On 12:15 p.m., 16 Apr 2007, seav wrote:

Regnard, well, I guess it’s too much to hope that we’ll be having sparkling clean elections anytime soon. I just hope that the upcoming elections will be relatively clean.

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On 9:42 a.m., 19 Apr 2007, Rico wrote:

While passing by Nasugbu, we noticed a LOT of political banners. So you may be right, it could be a different story in the provinces, and that the MMDA is simply more stringent in removing illegal political ads.

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On 5:59 p.m., 21 Apr 2007, benj wrote:

I was thinking of the same thing, but when I went on a bit of a “vacation” I realized that it’s as bad as before. hehe

Posters are still more cost effective than other forms of campaign paraphernalia.

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